Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city’s long relationship with the sea. The museum houses a unique collection covering the development of the harbour and important industries such as fishing and shipbuilding. It is also recognised as the lead museum for the UK offshore energy industries. The museum is located on the historic Shiprow close to Aberdeen Harbour and incorporates Provost Ross’s House, which dates to 1593. It was in this building that the Maritime Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1984. Following Aberdeen City Council’s purchase of the nearby former Trinity Congregational Church, which dates to 1877, an award-winning glass and steel link building was constructed between Provost Ross’s House and the Church. The new museum as it is seen today opened in May 1997. On entering the museum, visitors are confronted with a large scale model of the Murchison Oil Platform above them. Collecting objects related to the North Sea oil and gas industry began in the 1970s when the maritime collection was showcased in the Cowdray Hall basement of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Regional Museum. The first acquisition to the maritime collection was a model of the steam ship S.S. Thermopylae in 1892 which is on display in The Clippers Gallery in Provost Ross’s House within the museum. The objects displayed within the Maritime Museum are a testament to the lives of the people who shaped Aberdeen as a city, a city with international maritime connections since the earliest times. The objects shown here as part of this tour tell many stories of endeavour, innovation and bravery as well as the importance of the sea to ordinary people’s lives.
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