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Glasgow & Lanarkshire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Glasgow & Lanarkshire...





Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Glasgow & Lanarkshire Museums and Galleries

Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank

Castle Street, Dumbarton, G82 1QS
Tel: 01389 763444     Fax: 01389 743093
Web
: www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org/irvine.htm

Photo: Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank - part of the Scottish Maritime Museum

 

The roadside sign pointed to the "Denny Tank Museum" so, not unreasonably, one would have expected to find here a collection of Sherman, Challenger or Centurian tanks and other wartime relics. However, this museum houses something much more fascinating - the Denny Tank, or the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank to give it its correct title - a long narrow indoor tank used for testing model hulls of ships before they were built at the Denny Brothers Shipyard. It is the world's oldest working ship model testing tank allowing designers to experiment with the shapes of hulls before completing their designs. It was constructed in 1882 and the museum now also displays many test hull models of paddle steamers, liners and warships. The tea clipper, "Cutty Sark" is probably the most famous sailing vessel to emerge from the Denny Shipyard, although the hull was built across the river. This museum provides a wonderful insight into one of the major industries of Glasgow in years gone by. The testing tank itself has been fully restored by the Scottish Maritime Museum and is well worth a visit. Disabled access is limited. Please call for details.

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Cllydebuilt - The story of the Clyde’s Navy

Braehead, Kings Inch Road, Glasgow G51 4BN
Tel: 0141 886 1013
Web
: www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org/dumbart.htm

Discover the history of the Navy on the Clyde in this new interactive and audio-visual exhibition, part of the Scottish Maritime Museum. Learn about the building of warships and discover the world of Royal Navy ships and submarines. Explore behind the scenes at HM Naval Base Clyde to find out about the people who live and work there. How has shipbuilding changed in the computer age? Who were the real life X-men? How do submarines navigate under water? Why are some ships made of plastic? The museum is home to M.V. Kyles, the oldest Clydebuilt vessel still afloat in the U.K. She is now moored only minutes away from where she was built by Fullerton's of Paisley in 1863. Kyles is a rare survivor, a representative of Clyde shipbuilding dating from the 1870s - a period of expansion of shipbuilding on the west coast of Scotland and in Glasgow. This is an excellent exhibition for school parties.

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG
Tel: 0141 287 2699
E-mail: museums@cls.glasgow.gov.uk
Web: www.glasgowmuseums.com

The largest civic museum and art gallery in the UK, with a annual total of one million visitors, making Kelvingrove the most-visited museum in Scotland, and the sixth in Britain.

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The Burrell Collection

Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1AT
Tel: 0141 287 2550
E-mail: museums@cls.glasgow.gov.uk
Web: www.glasgowmuseums.com

Sir William Burrell created one of the greatest collections of medieval art, tapestries, alabasters, stained glass and English oak furniture, European paintings, including works by Degas and Cézanne, Islamic art, and modern sculpture including works by Epstein and Rodin.

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The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Museum

129 Muir Street, Hamilton, ML3 6BJ
Tel: 01698 328232    Fax: 01698 328412
E-mail: lowparksmuseum@southlanarkshire.gov.uk
Web: www.cameronians.org

In Hamilton, Museum located behind the District Museum in the Duke of Hamilton’s old riding school. Displays of uniforms, medals, banners and photos.

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David Livingstone Centre

165 Station Road, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY
Tel: 01698 823 140
Web: www.nts.org.uk

National Trust for Scotland. Livingstone was born here in 1813. Display of his personal belongings. School trips catered for with different tours available.

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Gallery of Modern Art

Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH
Tel: 0141 287 3050
E-mail: museums@cls.glasgow.gov.uk
Web: www.glasgowmuseums.com

The second most visited contemporary art gallery outside London, with displays featuring local and international artists as well as highlighting contemporary social issues through  major biannual projects.

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Glenbarr Abbey Visitor Centre

Tel: 01583 421247    Fax: 01583 421255
E-mail: angus@glenbarrabbey.fsnet.co.uk
Web: www.highlandconnection.org

On the A83, at Glenbarr, on the Kintyre peninsula, Strathclyde. 18th century house with collection of thimbles, china and clothing.

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Hunterian Museum

Main/Gilbert-Scott Building, University Avenue, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Tel: 0141 330 4221    Fax: 0141 330 3617
E-mail: hunter@museum.gla.ac.uk
Web: www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk

Fossils, coin and medal collection. Archaeological history of Scotland. The Hunterian Art Gallery is located on Hillhead Street. Tel. 0141 330 5431. Collection of Scottish colourists paintings.

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG
Tel: 0141 276 9599    Fax: 0141 276 9540
E-mail: museums@cls.glasgow.gov.uk
Web: www.glasgowmuseums.com

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Martyrs' School

Parson Street, Glasgow, G4 0PX
Tel: 0141 553 2557
E-mail: museums@cls.glasgow.gov.uk
Web: www.glasgowmuseums.com

Whilst not strictly a museum, much of this building is open to the public by appointment. It is one of the first Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed buildings to exhibit his own style particular style. At the time the school was commissioned in 1895, he was working as a junior assistant with Honeyman and Keppie, having just completed his apprenticeship. Visits by appointment only. To book a visit, please telephone St Mungo Museum on the number provided above.

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Motherwell Heritage Centre

High Road, Motherwell, ML1
Tel: 01698 251000
E-mail: museums@northlan.gov.uk
Web: www.northlan.gov.uk

Multimedia exhibit and displays on local history.

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St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

2 Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0RH
Tel: 0141 553 2557
E-mail: museums@cls.glasgow.gov.uk
Web: www.glasgowmuseums.com

A museum dedicated to exploring the importance and difference between religions worldwide through four exhibition areas; the Gallery of Religious Art, the Gallery of Religious Life, the Scottish Gallery and a temporary exhibition space.

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Summerlee Heritage Park

Heritage Way, Coatbridge - ML5 1 QD
Tel: 01236 638460
E-mail: museums@northlan.gov.uk
Web: www.northlan.gov.uk

Off A89 on Heritage Way, Coatbridge, by Glasgow. 22 acres of industrial heritage, electric tramway, mine workers' cottages.

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