Aberdeen Treasure Hub - History

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The story so far

The idea for Aberdeen Treasure Hub began in 2009 as part of planning for the major redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery (which started in 2015). To make more space for displays, we wanted to remove the stores in the Gallery where collections were hidden away behind locked doors. 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 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 display in our city centre sites.

Most 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. The building also includes mini-exhibition areas, an activities room, spaces for research, and plenty of toilets.

We broke ground in March 2015, the build took just over a year to complete and keys were handed over Aberdeen City Council in July 2016. We ran a naming competition with local schools for the new building, with a public vote on the shortlist. The winning entry, Aberdeen Treasure Hub, was suggested by pupils at Northfield Academy.

Aberdeen Treasure Hub currently houses the artworks and historical items removed from Aberdeen Art Gallery for the start of the redevelopment project in 2015. It is also gradually receiving collections from an existing storage facility that is closing.  We aim to complete the main moves of our collections from other locations by 2020.  If you wish to see specific items, please email curators@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Friday
by appointment only

Wednesday
Between 10am and 4pm you can drop in to the reception area to see small displays of objects from the collections and find out more about what we do at Aberdeen Treasure Hub.

There are free behind-the-scenes tours at 11am and 2pm. Advance booking essential: email info@aagm.co.uk or call 03000 200 293.

Thursday
Open for visits by pre-booked school and community groups. Advance booking essential: email info@aagm.co.uk or call 03000 200 293.

Saturday
Closed

Sunday
Closed

Special events
There are special events throughout the year, including Doors Open Day in September. Check our website or follow us on social media for news of special events and activities.

Location

Aberdeen Treasure Hub
Granitehill Road
Northfield
Aberdeen
AB16 7AX

Email: info@aagm.co.uk

Tours
To book a place on a free tour (Wed) or arrange a group visit (Thu), please ring 03000 200 293 or email info@aagm.co.uk

Research
If you'd like to see a specific item, please email curators@aberdeencity.gov.uk to arrange a visit, or explore the collections online here