The Scottish Football Museum

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Hampden Park

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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.2

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  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

The Scottish Football Museum, situated within the Hampden Park stadium, houses thousands of objects of potential interest to sports fans. Among them are the original Scottish Cup – the world's oldest national trophy – and a recreation of the stadium's first dressing room. The museum has a hall of fame celebrating some of the country's most accomplished players. It also screens film clips from storied moments in Scottish football history.

Visitors, even those who aren't ardent football fans, usually find the extensive exhibits of cups, jerseys and gear to be rather interesting and informative. The staff generally wins praise for being consistently friendly and helpful.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is readily accessible by rail, via the King's Park and Mount Florida stations, both of which have trains connecting Glasgow Central. Multiple bus lines from the city center also serve the area. Admission costs 8 pounds (or approximately $10) for adults and 3 pounds (around $4) for children 5 to 16. Packages combining entrance to the museum with a tour of the stadium run 13 pounds (about $17) for adults and 5 pounds (around $6.50) for children (except those younger than 5, who can enter for free). There is a cafe and a gift shop on-site. Additional information is available at the museum's website.

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