Museums, as you’ll know, provide a fantastic entry-level education of a city’s history and people, which is why Glasgow’s have been made so accessible to the public, its people. They’re there for you to stick your teeth into free of charge.
Many, many students travel to new places for their studies and, often, bring with them a petulant sense of adventure that infiltrates every aspect of their life – with the exception of their wallet.
The GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art)
Located in the very heart of Glasgow in Royal Exchange Square, the Glasgow GoMA is completely free to enter. It hosts a number of exhibitions from artists across the world (we urge you to have a look at their website for the full programme because it will leave you feeling inspired). The Gallery collects and borrows works that highlight the interests and influences that international artists share with those from Glasgow. The gallery is constantly evolving, too, so it for this reason that the the exhibits on offer are constantly changing and it is possible to visit more than once and still get a different experience.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland’s (not just Glasgow’s) most popular and free attractions, and it is possible to fill a whole day just dwelling between the 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an incredible 8000 objects. Situated a in beautiful, green grounds a mere stone-throw away from Kelvingrove Park, you also have a nice location to munch on your packed lunch.
People’s Palace and Winter Gardens
The People’s Palace tells the story of Glasgow and, most importantly, its Tennents-loving, Irn Bru worshipping people from 1750 to the present day. People Make Glasgow and all that jazz.
The city’s social history can be explored through a wealth of historic artifacts, paintings, prints and
photographs, film and – more recently – interactive computer displays, and is massively popular with school trips. The exhibits give a cracking insight into how Glaswegians lived, worked and played through wars and plight.
The adjoining Winter Garden boasts a vibrant arrangement of tropical foliage.
This extremely versatile museum is located – you guessed it – way up beside the Glasgow Necropolis…
Kidding. The Riverside Museum is the multi-award winning transport museum situated on the banks of the Clyde, and there’s good reason too. The description on their site summarises its indoor contents entirely really: “Amongst the objects on display are everything from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams, velocipedes to voiturettes, vintage cars to a stormtrooper.” But, in addition to this, the famous Tall Ship rests steadily on the river outside if the plethora of land transport on offer to explore isn’t enough to satisfy your needs.
This is of Scotland’s most magnificent medieval buildings for several reasons, none more significant than marking the birthplace of the city of Glasgow. Actually, the Glasgow Cathedral is the only one of its kind on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact. (I had to look this up too, hence why I have conveniently linked its definition for you.) This historic site has been built on the alleged grave of St. Kenigern, otherwise known as St. Mungo, in as early as AD 612 and is situated beside the hauntingly beautiful Necropolis. Admire carved stone bosses on the ceiling of the Blackadder Aisle, and one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows in Britain. free. of. charge.