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“It interestingly spooky”

Provost Skene's House
Ranked #47 of 151 things to do in Aberdeen
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Owner description: **Provost Skene's House is temporarily closed to the Public** The House will be closed during the development of Marischal Square. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“It interestingly spooky”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Provest skenes house is one of aberdeens great stops as it has alot of history and it is really interesting to learn about all the things they have on show plus the place is haunted so if your into the paranormal it has to be put on your list of places to visit.

Visited July 2012
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“rambling house with splendid wall and roof paintings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Picturesque early jacobean town house with wonderful painted ceiling in the loft gallery, and subtle late 18th century painted room worth a close look for the hidden figures and landscapes. The costume gallery wasn't open when I went, but I still spent an hour here, and would go back again. It's free, and I had the place to myself. .

Visited January 2013
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Norman, Oklahoma
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“A nice historical visit.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We spent the better part of a morning touring Provost Skene's house. It wasn't the most interesting stop of our visit, but the painted ceiling was worth the visit. Plus, the staff was very kind and helpful. It was not busy at all when we stopped in, and enjoyed being one of the only tourists in the house.

Visited June 2012
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Northeast England
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“The painted ceiling was worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

This house has an interesting history and a wide range of artifacts and antiques. Various rooms are set out to reflect different time periods, with a range of interesting details and things to look at. Highlights include a short film on the history of the house and neighborhood, the cafe with the glass floor showing a display of items in the old cellar, and the panelling painted with tiny landscape scenes.

The best bit, in my view, is the ceiling painted with religious scenes in the upstairs part of the house. It is something like a miniature cathedral, in that it is very elaborate but quite low and easy to see. If you have an interest in folk art you will like this.

Visited February 2013
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Mintlaw, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful historical building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

This large historical 4 storey building with a 5 storey square and round towers survived city centre redevelopment in the 1930's and air-raids 15 years later. It was extensively refurbished with furniture and fittings representative of those of the 16th century onwards.

It has a 17th century Great Hall, Parlour and Bedroom with furnishings and paintings of that period and an 18th century Dining Room and Bedroom.

The Dining Room, with its magnificent lead-glass chandelier, displays fine china and Georgian glasses and there is also Regency Parlour. Do not miss the carved plaster ceilings, that are attributed to Sir George Skene, who was a Lord Provost from 1676-1685, after whom the building is named.

Visitors should take time to view the displays Costume Gallery, and then relax in the recreated 17th century Tea Room where snacks, home bakes, wine, and other liquid refreshments can be purchased.

Visited July 2012
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