At Riverside Museum, visitors are encouraged to interact with a number of the exhibits. In this way, they can get a proper sense of what it felt like to be a passenger on public transport in the olden days. The biggest attraction is the South African locomotive. At this most innovative of Glasgow Museums, they have had the novel idea of recreating an entire Glasgow street as it would have looked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Walking its length, one feels that they have gone back in time. Again interactivity is the key – you are welcome to walk into and around the various subways and shops. With more than 3000 things to see, above as well as around you, be careful not to knock into anything!
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is much more than what it at first seems – it is, in fact, 22 modern galleries, each with its own unique theme. Between these 22 galleries, a total of more than 8000 exhibits teach the visitor about a huge range of subjects. These range from natural history to the history of the military, to art through the ages, to name just a few. This is a family friendly institution, with a host of activities and interactive exhibits to keep the kids entertained. Once you visit, you will see why this is one of Glasgow’s most visited free attractions.
The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is situated in a landmark building that for more than a century was the commercial hub of Glasgow. These days it plays an equally significant role in Glasgow’s social and cultural life, by being a place where people swap ideas, teaching and learning from each other. One of the most popular Glasgow Museums, it is also an exhibition space for up and coming as well as established artists. In the library is a huge selection of books on all forms of art which are available to borrow. There is also complimentary internet access.
The Burrell Collection, approximately 5km from Glasgow city centre, is a fitting tribute to Sir William Burrell. This great collector amassed an impressive array of art from around the world. Whatever your interest – be it art from the Middle Ages, or maybe from the Orient, Middle East or Ancient Civilizations – it is here. Few individuals have managed to collect as many pieces of art; more than 8000 items are displayed in by this gallery, located at Pollok Country Park. Workshops and events for young and old, as well as temporary exhibitions, are often hosted here.
The Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is a forum where paintings, sculptures, performers, movies, music, dance, spoken word and so much more get a platform to be seen, heard and appreciated. Very few other places contribute to Glasgow’s art and culture scene like the CCA. Every year the Centre hosts six important exhibitions of Scottish art, as well as works from around the world. This is also where Intermedia Gallery, which supports artists who need a foot inside the door, is located. To support culture and art in Glasgow, the CCA mentors artists and provides studios for them to hone their craft.