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Key Info

100 Pointhouse Rd.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.7

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This free museum displays the city's transportation history. Its holdings include everything from trains and buses to skateboards and baby carriages – more than 3,000 items in all. On a related note, the museum sits alongside the River Clyde not far from the iconic Finnieston Crane, a symbol of the period when shipping made Glasgow a key industrial hub. You'll also find a tall ship on the river that's free for visitors to peruse – a perk for recent travelers.

Some travelers highlight an exhibit recreating the cobblestoned streets of another era, while others enjoyed the Clyde Room's model boats. Visitors were also highly impressed with the in-house cafe. The museum is widely regarded as a great spot to bring children thanks to the engaging displays, including one that allows patrons to help put out a "fire" with an interactive fire engine. There's also a scavenger hunt for little ones.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but opens at 11 a.m. on Fridays and Sundays. The building is wheelchair accessible and free to visit. Patrick is the closest train station. For more info, visit the Glasgow Life website.

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#1 The Burrell Collection

Travelers express astonishment at this museum's near pitch-perfection. The Burrell Collection's glass walls not only encase a variety of objects and artworks, but they also usher in the surrounding woodlands. In the collection, donated by the late millionaire Sir William Burrell, you'll find everything from Chinese ceramics to Rodin sculptures to more than 20 Degas paintings. After you've had your fill of the museum, you can wander around the surrounding Pollok Country Park.

Under normal circumstances, the Burrell Collection can be viewed for free. Travelers highly recommend you take advantage of this steal, saying the museum's variety of art and its milieu are beyond compare. However, in 2018, the museum temporarily closed for a major overhaul and is expected to reopen in the spring of 2021. During the renovation, tourists can visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is hosting a series of free exhibits that highlight different items in the Burrell's collection.

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