Well over a million can’t be wrong – that’s how many visitors flock to the red-sandstone, Spanish Baroque-style jewel in Glasgow’s cultural crown every year. Open since 1901, and given a £28 million facelift in the early 2000s, this mammoth institution is neatly divided into two wings. To the right, one of Europe’s greatest displays of civic art. To the left, a weird and wonderful museum collection that starts with a Supermarine Spitfire suspended dramatically from the ceiling above a menagerie of stuffed animals, including much-loved Sir Roger the Indian Elephant.
Scotland is responsible for many of the world’s most significant inventions, from the television to the telephone. And as the nation’s biggest city, Glasgow is naturally a terrific place to begin exploring all that history. Whether you’re looking for general interest institutions or more specialist attractions, Glasgow’s many museums will satisfy every taste and curiosity.
From the striking Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum and the grand Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to the more intimate Glasgow Police Museum, you can spend plenty of time learning all about pioneering figures in art, music and literature and more. To help get you started, we’ve picked out some of the best museums in Glasgow right now. You’ll be able to trace not just the story of the city itself, but also find out how it’s helped shape the world in ways that are often under-appreciated.
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