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Cultural Glasgow: Top Museums to Visit

Planning a trip to Scotland’s largest city? Glasgow is much more than a shopping capital and a partying city. Find hotels in Glasgow and plan a cultural itinerary too, including a visit to any of its popular museums.

Riverside Museum: Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel

zaha-hadid_s-riverside-museum-wins-european-museum-academy-micheletti-award-2012Open daily and completely free, the Riverside Museum has over 3000 objects on display, including the recently acquired South African locomotive – the largest artefact in the collection.

From vintage modes of transport – some of which can be climbed on to get a real feel for it – to a 1960s garage, there’s plenty to see to take you on a journey through the ages. There’s also a recreated street, taking you back to the years between 1895 and 1930 as well as plenty of areas that bring you closer to the current time whilst looking into Glasgow’s past.

Also at the museum, you will have the opportunity to climb on board the Glenlee – the Tall Ship that is now a maritime museum.

Join the Riverside Trail to explore the outside of the museum – there are 8 stops in total which will keep you and the children amused.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum


With 22 themed rooms and 8000 items, this extensive collection of international artefacts attracts thousands of visitors each year. From natural history to armour and art throughout history, Kelvingrove offers a massive amount of interesting pieces to visitors, including a real Spitfire fighter jet.

Plenty of interactive displays throughout the museum and gallery mean that younger visitors can remain enthralled. Special exhibitions may carry an entry fee, so keep this in mind when visiting the attraction.

Pharaoh: King of Egypt is open until the 24th February for your perusal, showcasing almost 100 Ancient Egyptian artefacts – the largest collection of its kind, outside of Egypt, while Art Detectives: Investigating Bosch and Bruegel is available until the 28th February.

Scotland Street School Museum

Scotland-Street-School-(18)Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the early 1900s, Scotland Street School was a functional education provider until 1979, when it was turned into a museum which tells the story of Glasgow education from the late 19th century right through to the late 20th, celebrating 100 years of schooling.

With three reconstructed classrooms and an opportunity to dress up as a pupil from the bygone times, the museum is both interactive and participatory, giving plenty of opportunity to get involved.

The temporary exhibition, The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit can be found at the museum until the 24th February, which celebrates the 110th anniversary of this fabulous story whilst commending the new series written by successful actress, Emma Thompson.

The Open Museum

Based at the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, the Open Museum is Glasgow’s outreach programme, taking the museum collection out into the community. With the help of object handling kits and 4000 artefacts, kids and communities across the city can enjoy getting up close and personal with the various exhibits, making it an intriguing and promising project.

Enjoy your trip to Glasgow and be sure to check out the various museums available. Find hotels in Glasgow city centre that are affordable and near to the cultural aspects on offer.

Guest post by Katerina Crowder

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