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The Tolbooth

This is The Tolbooth Museum. It is one of Aberdeen's oldest surviving buildings. Here you can see exciting re-constructions, models, displays and interactive exhibits. They present the history and development of crime and punishment, local history and government in Aberdeen.

The Tolbooth was one of the most important buildings in Aberdeen. It was the place where tolls and customs were collected and where the burgh council held their meetings. In 1616 the magistrates of Aberdeen commissioned the building of a prison within the walls of the existing Tolbooth. The prison was completed in 1629 and for the next 200 years would accommodate those awaiting punishment or trial in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.