Glasgow Museums

Looking for a cheap way to spend some of your spare time this summer? I have put together a description of a few Glasgow museums, all of which I have visited and enjoyed. All the museums are free entry so it is a perfect idea for a day out.


People’s Palace, Glasgow Green

The People’s Palace Museum contains a range of historical artefacts which allows an insight into how the Glaswegians lived, worked and played from the 18th to the 20th century. The museum contains things such as: comparisons between old prices and new, the history of the Barrowlands and Billy Connolly’s banana boots. The museum is also home to a café which is surrounded by beautiful plants and greenery and has a range of delicious food. The fact that it is situated in Glasgow Green which is one of my favourite places makes it even better.

Riverside Museum  

The Riverside Museum which is better known to some as the transport museum is filled with some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, trams and ship models. The museum has a replica of an old Glasgow street scene which helps to bring the stories to life. The street also contains model shops dating from 1895 to the 1980s. It includes over 3,000 objects that helps to detail Glasgow’s past and takes visitors through the years up to the mid 20th century.  The museum also has lots of games and interactive activities to help keep children amused, or keep anyone amused really.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove has been a popular art gallery and museum since it opened in 1901 and is currently the most visited museum in the UK, outside London. It contains what is said to be one of the world finest collections of armour and an impressive natural history collection. It also has a vast art collection which contains many exceptional European artworks. The museum also has a café, shop and interactive activities to appeal to a younger audience.

Hunterian Museum

The Hunterian Museum is located on the campus of the University of Glasgow. There are various venues across the University campus to be explored: the Hunterian Museum, the Hunterian Art Gallery, the Hunterian Zoology Museum and the Anatomy Museum. This allows you to explore a diverse collection of artefacts, art and animal life. The Hunterian Art Gallery is also home to The Mackintosh House which contains replicas of the interior of the house lived in by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald from 1906 to 1914. It is furnished with pieces of Mackintosh’s original furniture and provides an excellent example of the concept of the ‘room as a work of art’.


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