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Since its opening in 1966, the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, situated in the heart of the city centre, has hosted many different contemporary art exhibits. The neoclassical building in Royal Exchange Square provides free-guided tours to allow visitors to explore the art of many famous artists including: Jim Lambie, David Hockney and Andy Warhol.
Home to the national collections of modern Scottish and international art from the 1900’s, the Gallery inherited a small number of 20th century works from the Scottish National Gallery when it opened. However, the majority of the collections have been collected in the past forty years, now compromising more than 500 items from the late nineteenth century to the present day, encompassing paintings, bronzes, works on paper, kinetic sculptures and video installations.
The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens is a museum and glasshouse that is situated to the East End of Glasgow in Glasgow Green and was opened in 1898. Opened for the unhealthy and overcrowded parts of Glasgow to provide a cultural centre for the local people, the area was originally used for reading and recreation rooms with a museum and gallery on the upper floors.
Playing host to over 280,000 visitors per year, the Palace has been used as a museum of social history for the city of Glasgow since the 1940’s, telling the story of the people and the city of Glasgow from 1750 to the present day. The various collections show the Glaswegians at home as well as working and doing leisure activities, with current displays looking at life in a one roomed home ‘single end’ to nights out and trips down the firth of Clyde.
Voted one of Britain’s Most Popular Places to visit and Europe’s Best Science Centre, the Glasgow Science Centre was opened in 2001 and is located on the south bank of the River Clyde. It is compromised of three buildings, which are the Glasgow Tower, the Science Mall and the first IMAX Cinema that was built in Scotland.
Whilst the Science Mall’s design resembles the canted hall of a ship, it houses three floors of learning exhibits. These are themed around concepts of ‘explore and discover’, ‘science in action’ and ‘science and you’ and are designed to encourage interaction and on-going learning. It also holds the Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium, which projects images of the night sky through a projector.
The Glasgow Museum of Transport was established in 1964 and it was relocated to Glasgow Harbour, opening as the Riverside Museum in 2011. The winner of the 2013 European Museum of the Year Award, the Riverside Museum is expected to attract up to 1 million visitors per year.
Housing the worlds oldest surviving pedal cycle and the worlds leading collection of Scottish built cars and tricks, the museum also recaptures the atmosphere of 1930’s Glasgow with a reconstructed ‘Kelvin Street’, complete with a pre-1977 full size Glasgow Subway station and Regal Cinema replica. In recent years, the city has also acquired a number of steam locomotives and the L.S. Lowry painting ‘Cranes and Ships, Glasgow Docks’, both of which are now on display in the Riverside Museum.