Arbuthnot Museum

Discover the wealth of Peterhead's maritime history in one of Aberdeenshire's oldest museums. See models showing the development of Peterhead fishing boats and find out about:

  • Peterhead's past
  • An important collection of Inuit artifacts
  • Arctic animals, including a polar bear
  • Whaling
  • One of Northern Scotland's largest coin collections
  • Temporary exhibitions with regularly changing program of events in Arbuthnot Museum gallery
  • A large collection of photos of Peterhead and the surrounding area

You can take a virtual tour of the Arbuthnot museum. The main Museum displays are situated on the first floor. We regret that due to age and architecture of the building there is no access for wheelchair users or visitors with restricted mobility, however visitors can experience the Virtual Tour situated on the ground floor of the building, inside Peterhead Library.

A range of exhibitions and photograph kits are available for loan. Please contact us for further information.

Opening times

Christmas period opening times:

Monday 24th December 10am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 2pm
Tuesday 25th December  Closed
Wednesday 26th December  Closed
Thursday 27th December 10am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 3:30pm
Friday 28th December 10am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 3:30pm
Saturday 29th December 10am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 3:30pm
Sunday 30th December  Closed
Monday 31st December 11am to 2pm
Tuesday 1st January 10am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 2pm
Wednesday 2nd January Closed

View Arbuthnot Museum opening times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm and from 1pm to 3.30pm
  • Closed Wednesday and Sunday 

Contact the museum

You can contact Arbuthnot museum in writing, by telephone or email:

Arbuthnot Museum
St. Peter Street
AB42 1QD
Telephone: 01779 477778 

View the Arbuthnot Museum location map

There is limited street parking beside the museum. More spaces are available at York Street car park. 

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