History

Glasgow has over 20 fantastic museums and galleries, where visitors of all ages can enjoy one of the richest and most varied collections in Europe. And many are free!

History

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Historic Glasgow is a celebration of Glasgow's rich local history and heritage, inviting you to discover the city's wide and varied history, from it's Dark Age roots to the Medieval City, from the Merchants City to the legacy of the Victorian period and beyond.

The city’s historical legacy is held in many different places; museums and art galleries, libraries and archives, historic buildings, parks and gardens, rivers and canals from its archaeology to its architecture.  Glasgow is a vibrant and cosmopolitan place with a wealth of cultural heritage to explore.

Discover the vibrant history of the city and explore it’s past at historicglasgow.com and check out their key themes of the city's history:

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KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY & MUSEUM

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, located at the edge of the beautiful Kelvingrove Park in the West End of the City, is one of Scotland's most visited free attractions.

Kelvingrove has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an amazing 8,000 objects. This internationally celebrated museum houses extensive collections and paintings by world renowned artists such as Salvador Dali, Rembrandt and Monet. 

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RIVERSIDE MUSEUM

The Riverside Museum, recently voted European Museum of the Year 2013, displays Glasgow's rich industrial history, which stems from the River Clyde. Take a glimpse into Glasgow's past with the museum's superb collection of items, including cars, motorbikes , old trams, fire engines and 250 model ships, remembering Glasgow's heyday as a shipbuliding powerhouse. With free admission it's perfect for a fun day out.

For a reminder of Glasgow's great shipbuliding history, visit the Tall Ship Glenlee, a three mast former Victorian cargo carrier that hosts interesting nautical exhibitions, and is berthed alongside the Museum.

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CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow born architect, designer and artist, is celebrated around the world as one of the most creative figures of the early 20th century.

A pioneer of Art Nouveau, he has left a legacy of his work throughout the city including Glasgow School of Art, considered by many to be his architectural masterpiece.

The Mackintosh trail is the perfect way to explore in the works of Glasgow's most celebrated architect. You can buy a great value ticket for £16 to see the top 10 bulidings in the Greater Glasgow area from Glasgow Visitor Information Centres, SPT Travel Centres, participating Mackintosh venues and online. 

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CITY CHAMBERS

At the east side of George Square stands one of the city's most important and prestigious bulidings - the City Chambers. This Victorian buliding is recognised as one of the most beautiful in the UK and is a favorite among locals and tourists. 

The City Chambers is the focal point of George Square and is a great symbol of Glasgow's political strength and historical wealth. Completed in 1888, the City Chambers has for over a hundred years been the headquarters of council serving the City of Glasgow. Free tours are conducted twice every weekday at 10:30am and 2:30pm, subject to council business, and were recently voted by consumers on TripAdvisor as the number one attraction in the city.

FREE public tours of the City Chambers takes place twice a day, Monday to Friday. For more info click here

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GLASGOW CATHEDRAL

Glasgow Cathedral is bulit on the site where St Kentigern, or Mungo, the first bishop within the ancient British kingdom of Strathclyde, was thought to have been buried in AD 612. The present cathedral was bulit during the 13th to 15th centuries. It is the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation virtually complete.

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THE PEOPLE'S PALACE

The People's Palace, set in historic Glasgow Green, tells the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century.

Explore the city's social history through a wealth of historic artefacts, paintings, prints and photographs, film and interactive computer displays. Get a wonderful insight into how Glaswegians lived, worked and played in years gone by.

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THE LIGHTHOUSE 

Situated on Mitchell Lane, just off Buchanan Street, the Lighthouse, Scotland's National Centre of Architecture and Design, was opened in July 1999 and hosts a permanent Mackintosh Interpretation Centre or 'Mack' Centre, designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects.

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