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Museums in Glasgow

Museums in Glasgow

Museums in Glasgow

Glasgow is packed with world-class museums, many of which are free to visit. Explore tales and transport from Glasgow's past, or take in grand buildings in city parks.

Iconic museums

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The Burrell Collection

The recently refurbished Burrell Collection in Pollok Country Park is a must-visit. Visitors can explore more of the world-class Collection than ever before, including one of Europe’s finest displays of Degas. Visit burrellcollection.com to plan a must-visit day out to this museum, set within one of the city’s beautiful country parks. Free tours are available daily, visit burrellguides.co.uk for more info.

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was ranked in Lonely Planet's top 500 experiences in the world (2020). With one of Europe's finest civic art collections, you'll find everything from dinosaurs to Dutch Masters. Find opening times at glasgowlife.org.uk.

A side view of the Riverside Museum building and the Tall Ship on the River Clyde

Riverside Museum and The Tall Ship

The award-winning Riverside Museum houses the city’s vast transport collection and street scenes from a bygone era. Moored alongside the museum is the Tall Ship – an icon of Glasgow’s shipbuilding heritage. Visit glasgowlife.org.uk and thetallship.com to find out more.

Gallery of Modern Art

Move forward in time to the city’s thriving contemporary art scene and visit the Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland’s most popular modern art museum, which is located within a stunning neo-classical city centre building. Visit the Glasgow Museums' website to find out about current exhibitions.

History and heritage

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Mackintosh House

The Hunterian Museum

The Hunterian Museum, housed within the University of Glasgow, is Scotland’s oldest museum and one of the country’s most important cultural assets. It boasts extraordinary sights from scientific instruments to objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages.

The Mackintosh House

The Mackintosh House at The Hunterian Art Gallery, recreates in beautiful detail, the home that Charles Rennie Mackintosh shared with his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. The art gallery is also home to the world’s largest permanent display of James McNeill Whistler work. Head to The Hunterian website for more information and opening hours.

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House for an Art Lover

House for an Art Lover

Inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh's drawings from 1901, House for an Art Lover was built in 1996 within Bellahouston Park. Explore the grand rooms inside and take a stroll around the walled garden while admiring the stunning exterior of the building. Visit houseforanartlover.co.uk for more information.

The Tenement House

Tenements are Glasgow's iconic, sandstone buildings which are split into apartments. A true hidden gem, The Tenement House lets you discover tenement life as it was in the early 20th century. The house was lived in by Miss Agnes Toward from 1911 until 1965, who lovingly preserved many of her possessions. Find out more on the National Trust for Scotland's website.

Hidden gems

Glasgow Police Museum

In the heart of the Merchant city lies a true hidden gem. Visit the Glasgow Police Museum (winner of the 'Best Day Out Award' at The Glasgow Awards 2019) and discover the history of the oldest police force in the UK. For opening times visit policemuseum.org.uk.

The Glasgow Women’s Library

The Glasgow Women’s Library welcomes visitors from around the corner and across the world into their library and museum, which celebrates the lives and achievements of women, sharing fascinating stories from the past through heritage walks, exhibitions and archives. Find out more about the collection at womenslibrary.org.uk.

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The Museum of Piping

The Museum of Piping

The Museum of Piping holds 300 years of piping heritage. The themed display focuses on the Scottish tradition, with bagpipes thought to date back to the 18th century. Visit The National Piping Centre's website to discover more.

Scottish Football Museum

Inside Hampden Park, the national stadium of football in Scotland, you'll find the Scottish Football Museum. Explore over 2,000 objects, learn about the history of Scottish football, and marvel at the world’s oldest national football trophy. Visit scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk for more info.

Article last updated: September 2022

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