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Article published 06/02/2020

Aberdeen Art Gallery has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors since it re-opened to the public less than 100 days ago. The revitalised Gallery is now on its way to reaching their target of 235,000 visits within the first year.

View looking down from the new modern top floor down to the marble hall


The Art Gallery has undergone a once-in-a-lifetime, £34.6 million investment to transform and restore the cultural complex. This is the most significant investment since the venue first opened in 1885, and included improvements to the fabric of the buildings, brand new exhibition and display galleries, improved visitor facilities and an enhanced activity programme.

The milestone visitor was 20 year-old, final year journalism student at RGU, Ceilidh Jeffrey who arrived at the gallery around 11.30am on Tuesday 28 January, almost a fortnight ahead of the landmark 100 days since its reopening on 2 November 2019.

The Art Gallery enjoyed a high-profile launch, including a ‘real-life critics’ slot on BBC’s The One Show, a live broadcast from the new Level 2 Terraces with the Met Office’s Matt Taylor for BBC Breakfast, and a mention in Travel Zoo’s ’20 best places to travel in 2020’.

We recently included Aberdeen Art Gallery in our Tour Guide Tales series, part of our latest marketing drive Only in Scotland. This collection of short films shines a spotlight on the unique experiences on offer to visitors in Scotland, particularly in regions lesser known by visitors.

Find out how you can shine the spotlight on your region with the Only in Scotland tooklit