Aberdeen Treasure Hub - History

The journey so far

The idea for Aberdeen Treasure Hub began in 2009 as part of planning for the 2015 - 2017 major redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery. To make more space for displays, we wanted to take away the stored collections, hidden behind locked doors, in the basement and in storage units in galleries. But our existing stores were full to the brim, in awkward places and not always in ideal condition. We took the opportunity to design a brand new museum storage centre with state-of-the-art technology and environmental management.

Aberdeen City Council's architectural team took on the challenge of designing the new site. When planning the Hub, we recognised its potential for being more than just a store. We wanted it to be a space where members of the public could visit to see the treasures not on show in our city centre sites. Did you know that museums are often only able to display up to 10% of collections in their venues? The rest are stored, with some being brought out for temporary exhibitions and research. Aberdeen Treasure Hub has been designed to accommodate tour groups in the storerooms and the site also includes mini-exhibition areas, an Activities Room, spaces for research, and plenty of toilets.

In December 2014, The Robertson Group were awarded the contract for building this new collections centre, and a breaking ground ceremony took place in March 2015. The build took just over a year to complete, with keys being handed to Aberdeen City Council in July 2016. During this time, we ran a naming competition for the centre. Local schools suggested names and a shortlist was created so that people could vote for their favourites online and in various sites. The winning entry, Aberdeen Treasure Hub, came from pupils at Northfield Academy.

The site is currently being filled with our collections, and we hope to have finished by 2019. Aberdeen Treasure Hub is one of the many places housing the art works we took out of Aberdeen Art Gallery in 2015. After the redevelopment of the Art Gallery, the Hub will begin to receive art and history collections from the existing main warehouse. If you wish to see artworks from the Gallery in the meantime, you'll find some on display at the Maritime Museum and several on display at Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire. Other art works are on loan to museum venues in the UK and abroad.

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Friday
by appointment only

Wednesday
10.00 - 16.00 drop in to see the small display and find out more
(behind the scenes tours bookable in advance at 11.00 and 14.00)

Thursday
10.00 - 16.00 group bookings

Saturday
Special events throughout the year (see webpage and local media for more information)

Sunday
Closed

Location

Aberdeen Treasure Hub
Granitehill Road
Northfield
Aberdeen
AB16 7AX

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 346346
Email: info@aagm.co.uk

Tours

To book a place on a tour ring:
01224 523677

To book a group visit ring:
01224 337715

Or email info@aagm.co.uk