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Glasgow has a Museum to suit everyone, all free admission, it is a perfect, non-expensive day out for the whole family to enjoy and explore, or simply to relax and find out more about Glasgow's history on your own.
Whether you want to enjoy a trip on a tall ship, relax with a book in some stunning gardens, see some of your favourite architects work or take in a science show you will find your tastes are all catered for in one of Glasgow's many museums.
The museums are scattered all over the city and are very easy to reach whichever means of transportation you are using. You can find out what it was like for Glasgow school children in the sixties and seventies and step back in time at Scotland Street School, the building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is an intriguing experience to say the least.
The Glasgow Museums Resource Centre is based in the south side of city, easy to access by public transport, and is the first museum store to be accessed by the public. You can see many different art forms, take a guided tour and take in the many formal and informal learning programmes.
Take in the stunning gardens and views surrounding some of the most popular museums and enjoy exploring everything that Glasgow has to offer. You will also find that as well as being free of charge the museums are open most of the year round and are open 7 days per week which means that no matter when you arrive you can get started on the museum tour!
Auld Kirk Museum
The Cross, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, G66 1AB.
Tel: 0141 578 0144
The Auld Kirk Museum and graveyard are situated in one of the oldest sites in Kirkintilloch. The grade A listed building is a beautiful piece of architecture, which was built in 1644 to replace the 12th century St Ninians Church.
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill Industrial Estate, G53 7NN
Tel: 0141 276 9300
Glasgow Police Museum
1/1 30 Bell Street, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1LG
Tel: 0141 552 1818
Glasgow Police Museum charts the history of Glasgow's first police force, which ran from 1779-1975 and was introduced initially, ran by James Buchanan. By 1789 "preventative Policing" was the aim to which the police force would work and this was some 40 years before Sir Robert Peel started his version of "preventative policing" with the metropolitan police in 1829.
Martyrs' School, Parson Street, Glasgow G4 0PX
Tel: 0141 553 2557
Located in the Townhead district of Glasgow, Martyr’s School is one of Glasgow’s hidden architectural treasures designed by Glasgow’s famous son, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This building is a fine example of his work and one of the first to feature Mackintosh’s distinctive Art Nouveau style.
House for an Art Lover
Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow G41 5BW.
Tel: 0141 353 4770
Situated in the beautiful gounds of Bellahouston Park in Glasgow’s south side, The House for an Art Lover is one of Glasgow’s most unique art galleries and cultural attractions, housing one of the most enchanting pieces of recent research on Rennie Mackintosh.
Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery
University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Tel: 0141 330 4221(Museum); 5432 (Gallery).
The Hunterian Gallery houses the University of Glasgow's art collection making it available for study and for pleasure. It has a wide range of exhibitions and receives lottery funding to provide its education programme. The museum is located at the University of Glasgow and is easily accessible by underground, bus or by car.
158 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1EJ.
Tel: 0141 552 8391
Two Glasgow lawyers who left funds in trust to build a school for poor boys, orphans and also old men formed Hutcheson's Hall. Originally built on the Trongate in Glasgow the new building was built on Ingram Street by David Hamilton in 1805. The new building actually contains a sculpture of the two lawyers that was taken from the old building on the Trongate.
2 Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0RB.
Tel: 0141 552 8819
You can step back into Glasgow's past; the only house in the city to survive from that time and now open to the public. The Provand's Lordship has been superbly refurbished to give a real taste of what life may have been like in the medieval city. Only a ten minute walk from Buchanan Street bus station it is very accessible. You will also find adjacent to this magnificent building is the St Mungo's Museum and Glasgow Cathedral.
2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1AT.
Tel: 0141 616 6410
A building of outstanding quality set in the grounds of Pollock Park. The house itself used to belong to the Maxwell family who stayed there for over 600 years. The interiors of the house are spectacular with marble and mahogany hallway and period ceramics, silverware and furnishings on display. Art lovers will love the superb collection of paintings with works from El Greco, Blake and Murillo, amongst others.
St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art
2 Castle St, Glasgow, G4 0RH.
Tel: 0141 553 2557
Opened in April 1993, the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art explores the importance of religion in lives across the world and throughout time. The museum is a modern building nestled between two of the cities oldest buildings: the magnificent gothic Glasgow Cathedral and Provand's Lordship (the oldest house in the city) yet, is only a short walk from one of the cities busiest shopping areas, Buchanan St.
Scottish Football Museum
The National Stadium, Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9AY.
Tel: 0141 616 6139
Introducing the Scottish Football Museum, the first of it's kind in the world. Fitting of it's location the origins of football are often credited to Scotland itself and it's premier national cup competition- the coveted Scottish Cup, is the oldest club competition in world football.
Scotland Street School Museum
225 Scotland Street, Glasgow, G5 8QB.
Tel: 0141 287 0500
Undoubtedly one of Glasgow’s much-loved museums, The Scotland Street Museum unveils the history of Scottish education housed in a genuine school environment. Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed this spectacularly grand showpiece between 1903 and 1906, an essential cultural attraction for Mackintosh aficionados and those interested in the history of architecture and design.
Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
Garnethill Synagogue, 127 Hill St, Glasgow, G3 6UB.
Tel: 0141 332 4911
Housed in the beautifully ornate Garnethill Synagogue (Scotland’s oldest, completed in 1879) in the centre of Glasgow, The Scottish Jewish Archive Centre is the country’s foremost centre of information and research dedicated to Jewish life, heritage and culture. The centre was founded in 1987 and chronicles the Jewish Diaspora to Scotland since the 17th Century and illustrates how Jewish communities were formed and their contributions to Scottish society through generations.
1 Bunhouse Street, Glasgow, G3 8DP.
Tel: 0141 287 2720
The Museum of Transport in Glasgow is acclaimed as largest museums of its kind in the British Isles, housing an unrivalled collection of trams, trolleybuses, steam locomotives, motor vehicles, bicycles under one roof. Each and every vehicle and model on display has an intrinsic link with Glasgow and The River Clyde, with the city being an important centre for Shipbuilding and Railway Engineering throughout most of the 20th Century.
145 Buccleuch Street, Garnethill, Glasgow, G3 6QN.
Tel: 0141 333 0183
Owned and managed under the auspices of the National Trust of Scotland, The Tenement House in Glasgow’s Garnethill district is a fascinating retrospective insight into Glasgow life and social history from the late 19th Century to early 20th Century. Take a trip down memory lane and experience one of Glasgow’s hidden Victorian treasures, located at 145 Buccleuch Street, a mere 5 minute walk from Sauchiehall Street.