Best Museums in Glasgow

Glasgow is known to be Scotland’s largest city and also the epicenter and main attraction for artists. The people here are just truly amazing. From their vast knowledge and creativity to their incomparable taste for the arts, the city is just blooming with natural artists and an aesthetic atmosphere to indulge in. The city slogan itself is ‘People Make Glasgow’ which leads to their beautiful attractions to be shown to the public for free! Glasgow’s free attractions really are the gift that just keeps on giving.

The city is just filled with monumental museums and art galleries to store the masterpieces of each artist. Glasgow has some of the best museums to visit and here are the 10 BEST MUSEUMS in Glasgow.

10 BEST MUSEUMS TO VISIT IN GLASGOW

  1. KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY AND MUSEUMKelvingrove Museum

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the city’s most iconic attraction. It contains one of the most impressive sets of arms and armor that also contains a lot of historical value and lore. It is a perfect place for art lovers and weapon enthusiasts to be in. The museum itself brags about its unique European artworks collections. These include marvelous works by Old Masters such as Gerard de Lairesse, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Jozef Israëls. There are also works from Impressionists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh and Mary Cassatt.

How to get here: Ask a cab driver to drop you off at the given address. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum can be seen positioned adjacent to the Kelvingrove Park.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG, Scotland

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone: +44 141 276 9599

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

 

  1. PROVAND’S WORSHIP

This majestic historical building was constructed in the year 1471 and was a part of the St Nicholas Hospital. During the late 19th century, the Lord Prebendary of Balenock had resided in this establishment. In 1978 the historical structure was surrendered to the City of Glasgow, wherein it underwent a lot of renovations and was opened to the public as a house museum in the year 1983.

As you visit the house, you can truly appreciate the authentic wooden furnishings of the epoch. Behind the house is the St Nicholas Garden where there are assortments of medicinal herbs that grow. Take a trip back into the medieval times of Glasgow by taking a visit to this fascinating building.

How To get there:

The museum can be spotted at the top end of Castle Street. This can be ventured with the use of public transportation.

Admission Fee:

Free

Address:

Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0RB

Opening Hours:

10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: 0141 276 1625

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

  1. RIVERSIDE MUSEUMRiverside Museum

This majestic and beautiful structure is Glasgow’s award winning transport museum. It was crowned as the winner of the European Museum of the Year in 2013. It has various objects on display for the public to adore. These items vary from skateboards to locomotives, colorful paintings, luxurious cars and it even has a Stormtrooper in display.

It also has interactive displays with its futuristic style. Know about Glasgow’s amusing shipbuilding history or just play around with the 90 large touch screens panels filled with images, memories and films that portray Glasgow’s histories.

How To get there:

The museum is located on the banks of the river Clyde. The landmark that you can us as a guide is the Tall Ship, Glenlee which is docked outside. Take the opportunity to visit the ship as well.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: 0141 287 2720

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

  1. GALLERY OF MODERN ART

GALLERY OF MODERN ART

This glorious structure is ​​​​​​found at the heart of Glasgow in the Royal Exchange Square. The gallery offers mind-blowing attractions such as artworks and displays of local and international artists. It is filled with contemporary themed art styles and a public display that maps the history of the building. It also has a lot of wonderful shops to visit and a very majestic atmosphere to adore.

The statue of the Duke of Wellington can be seen just outside, at the front entrance of the gallery for passers-by to admire and appreciate. At night, the museum lights up like a colorful Christmas tree, a truly extravagant sight to see. It is described to be a world class art museum.

How To get there: It is very easy to spot the museum as it rests at the center of the city. Any transportation route will do.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: 0141 287 3050

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

5. SCOTLAND’S STREET SCHOOL MUSEUM

SCOTLAND’S STREET SCHOOL MUSEUM

The museum was constructed between the years 1903 and 1906. The Scotland Street School Museum is a mesmerizing gallery was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It stands tall and grand with its impressive glass front, turret staircases and Redstone bricks. The museum is more inclined in showcasing the stories of the 100 years of education in Scotland, from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.

The museum is popular for featuring a classroom from the 50s or 60s. It gives the visitors of being in school back in the days in the reign of Queen Victoria, during World War II, and in the 1950s and 60s

How To get there:  The museum can be seen located in the Tradeston district of Glasgow. It can be reached with the use of public transportation.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Scotland Street, Glasgow, G5 8QB

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: 0141 287 0500

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

 

6. THE HUNTERIAN MUSEUM

THE HUNTERIAN MUSEUM

This historic museum was established back in the year 1783 at the University of Glasgow. The university had received a lot of attention from the Scottish anatomist and physician William Hunter, wherein he had shared a lot of his priceless collections. The museum showcases a wide range bequeathed artifacts and memorabilia, from zoological and geological to archaeological, anthropological and anatomical objects found in nature. The Hunterian Museum is known to be Scotland’s oldest public museum that is home to the largest historical collections to date. It promotes the sharing of the country’s treasures as well as seeing an in-depth history of discovery, research and innovation of the university.

To get there:  The Hunterian Museum is located at the center of Sir George Gilbert Scott’s neo-Gothic University of Glasgow building

 Admission Fee: Free

Address: University of Glasgow | 82 Hillhead St., Glasgow G12 8QE, Scotland

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: +44 141 330 4221

Email: hunterian-enquiries@glasgow.ac.uk

 

  1. THE BURRELL COLLECTION

THE BURRELL COLLECTION

The museum’s collection was founded by Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) a well-known business man and international art collector. The Burrell Collection boasts about its magnificent world-class antiques, relics, collectibles and figurines. The cost estimate of the products in display is crazy to begin with! Tha.t is why the owners and staff prioritize the security of the vicinity with strict guidelines and regulations to be given to the visitors. The collection ranges from pottery and porcelain which is over 5,000-years old, paintings by renowned French artists and medieval treasures that consist of stained glass, arms and armor. Sadly, the museum is temporarily closed until the year 2020, to give way for further renovations and restorations of the areas of the building.

To get there:  Temporarily closed

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Pollokshaws Road, Pollok Country Park, Glasgow, G43 1AT

Opening Hours: TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Contact Information

Phone: 0141 420 5000

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

  1. GLASGOW SCIENCE CENTER

Glasgow Science Center

This is just more than a place to look at artifacts at. The Glasgow Science Center is one whole interactive establishment, meant to entertain its viewers and guests with the latest technology it has to offer. The museum houses never-ending rooms filled with touch screen panels, physics related concepts and everything an aspiring scientist can think of. It provides a wide range of facilities as well, from a Science theatre, Planetarium, and hands-on interactive science exhibits for up to three floors to. The entertainment is meant for everyone! As it aims to educates their visitors in the most entertaining way possible.

To get there:  The Science Center can be reached by public transport links or a 15 minute walk along the Clyde from the City center.

Admission Fee: £8.60- £10.45

Address: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA, Scotland

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: +44 141 420 5000

Email: contact.us@gsc.org.uk.

 

  1. PEOPLE’S PALACE

PEOPLE’S PALACE

The People’s Palace is a museum designed to showcase the lives of the Glaswegians. It was opened for the public in the year 1898 and its objective is to be the cultural center for the people. The establishment educates its visitors about the history and stories in the city of Glasgow and gives them an understanding on how the people there lived, worked and their leisure times

To get there:  You can get to The People’s Palace by Bus or Train. These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby

  • Train: SCOTRAIL
  • Bus: 18, 263.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Glasgow Green, G40 1AT Glasgow

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: +44 141 554 0223

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

 

  1. GLASGOW’S POLICE MUSEUM

Police Museum

Throughout history, Glasgow has had numerous events and this museum aims to present it all through the people who served and protected the residents throughout the years. The Glasgow Police Historical Exhibition gives the visitors an insight about the history of Britain’s first Police force, the City of Glasgow Police from the years 1779 to 1975.

How To get there:  You can get to the Glasgow Police Museum either by Bus or Train. These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby

  • Train: SCOTRAIL
  • Bus: 18, 1A, 240, 41, 57, 6.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: 30 Bell Street, Glasgow G1 1LG, Scotland

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Contact Information

Phone: +44 141 552 1818

Email: curator@policemuseum.org.uk


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