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Glasgow Police Museum

The museum was an unexpected find. It commemorates the first Police Force created in the UK; the City of Glasgow Police was founded in 1779.

The staff are friendly and the museum is quite eclectic in it's exhibits. However it does give an excellent overview of the force which carried on until 1975 when it became part of the Strathclyde Police force.

It seems that this is a mission of love by the curators. Well worth a visit!

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Aug 31, 2014

Hunterian Museum- A mindboggling collection

This museum is situated in one of the buildings of Glasgow University. It features the collections of the Scottish obstetrician and teacher, Dr William Hunter. You cannot help but be intrigued by many of the exhibits which really illustrate Hunter's fascination with anatomy and surgery. The museum features exhibits such as birth defects in animals, human tissues and organs and a plaster and lead cast of the gravid uterus from the 18th century.
That's not to say all of the exhibits are related to science. There is an outstanding collection of slabs and altars from the Antonine Wall, dating back to the first and second centuries AD. You can also discover an ever-growing palaeontological collection which include thousands of fossils and microfossils. One of the museums leading exhibits is the mummy of Lady Shepenhor situated in the main gallery, a must-see for anyone interested in Egyptology. The Hunterian is definitely one of the best museums I have visited and I highly recommend it.

Admission to the Hunterian Museum is free and it is open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm and 11am-4pm on Sundays. Closed Mondays.

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Feb 15, 2012

Scotland Street School Museum

This is one of the most original museums I've been to! I chose to go there to admire the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who designed the school between 1903-1906; but the museum is much more than a building conceived by a famous architect. It tells the story of the education system in Scotland in most compelling, captivating manner.

There are three "period classrooms", Victorian, WWII era and post-war era. The class furniture and accessories of the period are there, and on the blackboard there are words for dictation, suited to the period: "ration", "coupon", "siren" for the war period... There are also a drill hall, cloakroom and cookery room, perfectly reconstructed.

The displays are vivid, humorous yet deep and comprehensive. The headmaster, the janitor, a mother pulling her reluctant son on the first day of school...
There is also a screening hall showing interesting documentaries from different periods, which are instructive and funny at the same time. In the one I happened to see a narrator in the 1940s praised the classes for "neurotic, highly strung children": special education in its infancy.

The best time to visit the museum is when schoolchildren are visiting and participating in activities, dressed in period clothes, getting a lesson in the Victorian class or working in the cooking class.

The museum staff is helpful and friendly, and... it's all free!

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Apr 14, 2010

majestic art collection

Waling for hours through fascinating galleries,Rembrandts and Rodins an a Salvador Dali.Free ADMISSION AND in a beautiful grounds called Kelvingrove Park.
I recommend you make a lot of time to see this.

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Sep 17, 2006
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Other Museums

There are a variety of museums and galleries around Glasgow for all tastes and at the moment they seem to have free entry - at least those included on the following site

I enjoyed the Scotland Street School Museum, mainly for the architecture (Charles Renee Mackintosh), but on the day we visited I think they were in the process of renovations and there was nothing more to see than the building itself. I think under normal circumstances they have displays that include taking part in a lesson as it would have been, complete with slate boards and 'dunces cap' and the threat of the cane (or the 'tawse') for those who were 'less accademically inclined! (The Scottish school system devised some of the most brutal punishments outside the penal system - the tawse was a leather belt cut at the end in strips so that it had added impact. In some instances these would be tipped with metal ends. I know that my mother had several encounters with the strap in her school years, usually for scrapping!)

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Feb 07, 2006

Culture Vultures' Paradise

Glasgow is home to many different museums and they are all free to get into!
The biggest and most famous is the Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum. It is closed just now for major renovation work so it remains to be seen what joys await us when it re-opens.
If you want to get a flavour of Glasgow in a bygone age then don't miss The People's Palace in Glasgow Green. It's a great place! And it even has its own restaurant in the Winter Gardens where you can revive yourself when you're done!
Scotland Street School was designed by world-famous architect Charles Rennie MacIntosh and gives insight into education in the victorian era.
The transport museum is a must if you are interested in boats, cars, trains or whatever! It even has a little 'street' with shops and a cinema.
The two newest are the Gallery of Modern Art and St Mungo's Museum of Religious Art - their names should give you an idea what to expect in them!
A few miles from Glasgow (approx 30 minutes drive from city centre) is East Kilbride where you will find The Museum of Country Life. It has only been open about 3 years and incorporates a working farm - well worth a visit.
There are. of course, others but this gives you an idea of what's on offer.

Feb 02, 2005

St Mungo Museum of Religous Life and Art

The world's first Museum of Religion is in Glasgow

With a Zen garden, and a Salvador Dali's christ of St John

Its three main halls depict Art, World Religions and Religion in Scottish History.

Open 10 am - 5 pm from Monday to Thursday and on Saturdays, and 11 am - 5 pm on Fridays and Sundays.

FREE admission

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Aug 10, 2004

All Glasgow Museums are FREE

You will need lots of energy to see them all.

Its very impressive - Look:

The Burrell Collection.
Fossil Grove.
Gallery of Modern Art.
Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery.
Martyr's School.
McLellan Galleries.
Museum of Transport.
People's Palace & Winter Gardens.
Pollock House.
Provand's Lordship.
Scotland Street School Museum.
St Mungos Museum of Religious Life & Art.

phew! I'm not planning to tell you about all these - except to say, they are free admission and there must be something for everyone!

For all the information, go to the brilliant website below, but don't forget my other tips ;-)

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Another of the cities free art museums/galleries. This one is located midway along Sauchiehall street and if it wasn't for the fancy canopy at the entrance you could quite easily miss it as its just a doorway really! Once inside though its a different story and there are some real gems to be seen.

At the moment the galleries are showing works taken from the Kelvingrove collection, while that building undergoes extensive refurbishments meaning its closed until I think 2005.

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Apr 23, 2004

anyone traveling to Glasgow...

anyone traveling to Glasgow now would have to see the new Science park, I haven't been yet so can't comment!

Another place I haven't been is the Light house museum just off mitchell Lane - it has a city for the 'wee' people and lots of information on Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

One place I have visited several times is the Glasgow School of Art - I went there when I was seventeen and swore it was a place I would attend before I die because the atmosphere is so vibrant - unfortunately I am just not that arty! Anyway, I went back last year for another tour. It always leaves at 2pm and you get shown round by one of the students - the main focus is on the architectural brilliance of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and you finish off in one of his libraries, with a great many unique artifacts. I just love it because the library is so peaceful and it is such a contrast with art school and its hectic corridors.

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Aug 25, 2002

ONE thing that I really...

ONE thing that I really enjoyed about glascow was the fact that all the musuems are all free and the pick of the is the transport musuem which was really cool.
It features all types of transport that has been used trough out Scotland .
yes I know all Vt memebers thinks ombre hangs out just in the art musuems being the cultured gent I am (not)
this is a very enjoyable place to visit and being free makes it even better lol.

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Aug 24, 2002


The Scottish Maritime Museum is situated beside the Braehead shopping centre, on the banks of the River Clyde and pays tribute to the areas long shipbuilding traditions.

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Jan 17, 2010

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