Five of Glasgow's Finest Museums
It doesn’t matter if you’re a tourist, thinking of ideas for a couples date or are looking to spend some quality family time, because Glasgow has you sorted with some of the best museum’s around…
Glasgow has a lot of history behind it and Glaswegians grasp at the opportunity to learn more about their home city and anywhere else for that matter. You don’t have to have a Masters in history or a fruity fixation for Downtown Abbey to enjoy a museum. Our selection of five fine museums in Glasgow covers a wide variety of history, culture, art and religion…
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
The building itself is certainly impressive and has been around for over a century since it’s opening in 1901. On TripAdvisor it is ranked as number ten of the best museum’s in the UK. Inside the museum are 22 themed galleries that display over 8,000 objects! The displays cover a range of areas such as Scottish art, Scottish history and archaeology, Egypt’s history, arms and armour, natural history and world culture.
Located in the West End of Glasgow, the museum has been a particular favourite for tourists and Glaswegians as there is so much to see!
With over 3,000 objects on display, the multi-award winning museum takes visitors back to a time when Glasgow was a maritime powerhouse, to experience a glimpse of the early to mid 20th century life in Glasgow. Including the free to enter Tall Ship, the UK’S only floating Clyde-built sailing ship.
The museum was formerly known as the “Glasgow Museum of Transport” when it was first established in 1964 at a former tram depot In Pollokshields: later on in 1987 it was relocated to the West End opposite the Kelvingrove Museum. Finally in 2011 it was moved to it’s current location at the Glasgow Harbour. Aptly, known locally as “The Transport Museam” 😉
The location of the museums puts it within a 20 minute walking distance of the Hydro, Glasgow Science Centre and BBC Scotland studios.
Situated in Glasgow Green, the oldest park in Glasgow, the Peoples Palace tells the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century. Get an insight into how Glaswegians lived, worked and played through historic artefacts, paintings, prints photographs, films and interactive computer displays.
In the Winter Gardens there are exotic palms and trees to explore along with a café. At the entrance to the Peoples Palace there is the Doulton Fountain, which is the largest fountain every constructed in ceramic. The fountain was moved to its current site in 2005 after extensive restoration.
Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art
As the most visited art gallery in Scotland, the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is a must for those looking to learn and discuss a range of art that is collected and borrowed from around the world.
Originally the building served as a townhouse for a wealthy Glasgow tobacco merchant, serving as a centre for businesses to trade goods and information for over 100 years.
Within GOMA is also a library in which there is a collection of art and design books, as well as general books that are available for loan. In addition the gallery houses a café and free internet access terminals.
St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
The first in the world to be dedicated to all major world religions, the award-winning museum can be found in the heart of medieval Glasgow. The museum explores the importance around the world and across time, that religion holds in peoples lives. Situated across from Provand’s Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow, and alongside the medieval Glasgow Cathedral.
The museum is named after Glasgow’s patron saint (St Mungo), who in the sixth century, brought the Christian faith to Scotland. Built in 1989, the design of the building was intended to reflect the architecture of the original Bishops’ Castle. Along with a shop the museum’s café opens out into Britain’s first Zen garden.
You really are spoiled for choice when it comes to museums to visit in Glasgow. One of the great things about all five of these museums, is that they‘re all FREE ENTRY! You needn’t bother sit there clueless as to how you should spend your free time, instead indulge yourself in some of the wonderful displays of history, art, religion and culture that Glasgow has to offer.