The Museums of Glasgow

Glasgow has a rich history and is full of culture, which is why the city is home to several impressive museums. All of these museums are free of charge to anyone who is interested in learning about the history and culture of Scotland.

Founded in 1807, The Hunterian is Scotland’s oldest public museum and home to one of the largest collections outside the National Museums. The museum is located within the grounds of the University of Glasgow and contains a variety of different exhibitions in the fields of history, natural history, technology and medicine.

One of the biggest exhibitions of the museum deals with the Roman Empire’s expansion into Scotland and the construction of the Antonine Wall. Other exhibitions showcase artifacts of Ancient Egyptian or Polynesian cultures. In the picture below you can see Polynesian armor made out of coconut bark and a wooden sword fitted with shark teeth.

The museum also contains a variety of dinosaur fossils and a skeleton of the extinct dire wolf, which most you probably know from the Game of Thrones series.


The Riverside Museum is a futuristic looking building near the River Clyde and is home to some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, ship models, trams and locomotives. Its exhibitions also illustrate the history of the city of Glasgow in the last two hundred years and portray Glasgow’s involvement in major historical events. Located within the museum is a replica of a typical Glaswegian street at the beginning of the 20th century, with all its shops and public buildings accessible to the visitors.


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