This beautiful concert venue with its exceptional acoustic was funded by a gift from Annie, Viscountess Cowdray, whose family has strong links with Aberdeenshire. It was constructed to encourage “a taste for art and music in the city of Aberdeen.” The Cowdray Hall was opened on 25 September 1925 by King George V and Queen Mary. It continued the expansion of the Art Gallery site and was designed by the same architect, Alexander Marshall Mackenzie, who was also responsible for Australia House and the Waldorf Hotel in London.
The redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery 2015-19 has placed the Cowdray Hall at the centre of the Art Gallery complex, a place that celebrates the inspiring power of art and music.
The Cowdray Hall can only be accessed through the Art Gallery main entrance, as the old entrance is no longer in use. A member of Gallery staff will be able to direct you through the building to the Cowdray Hall.