With multiple awards to its name (such as The 2013 European Museum Of The Year), Riverside Museum certainly exceeds all expectations. Think planes, trains, automobiles, skateboards, and prams mixed with added extras like telling paintings and a Stormtrooper! This Zaha Hadid designed building hosts over 3,000 objects, each of which make learning about Glasgow and Scotland’s rich transport history all the more fascinating.
In 1783, the University of Glasgow received an eclectic assortment of splendid curiosities from leading Scottish anatomist and physician William Hunter. Perhaps one of the greatest collections ever left in a will, the bequeathed artefacts range from zoological and geological to archaeological, anthropological and anatomical in nature. Today, these artefacts can be found sporadically dispersed throughout multiple buildings within the university such as the Hunterian Art Gallery and The Zoology Museum. The Mackintosh House is also a day maker.
Yet another Glasgow gem, The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens is an enchanting wonderland of a museum and glasshouse. Located in Glasgow Green, the oldest park in Glasgow, this palace preserves and portrays the story of the people of Glasgow from 1750 onwards through prints, paintings, films and copious artefacts. Interestingly, it was opened to add some pizzazz and lustre to the East End, which was deemed undesirable at the time. Upon opening, the building was declared ‘open to the people for ever and ever’.
People’s Palace And Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland, +44 141 276 0788
Perfect for architecture aficionados, Holmwood House is pinned as the domestic masterpiece of revered Scottish architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. Now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, this villa is accredited with influencing proto-modernist architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright. Holmwood, with its striking interior and exterior embellishments, was designed for the paper manufacturer James Couper and built between 1857 and 1858. While exploring, make sure to check out the frieze of panels in the dining room featuring enlarged John Flaxman illustrations of Homer’s Iliad.
Holmwood House, 61-63 Netherlee Rd, Glasgow, Scotland, +44 141 571 0184
Situated within Hampden Park, home of the Scotland national football team, the Scottish Football Museum sports over 2,000 objects from football memorabilia, including the oldest surviving national trophy in the world, the Scottish Cup. Aside from the many intriguing exhibits, the best part is feeling like a player for the day with the exclusive tour of the stadium, team changing rooms, underground tunnel and manager’s dugouts. The grand finale is the opportunity to score a goal from the Hampden penalty spot, with the speed of the shot being electronically measured. Nae pressure!
Scottish Football Museum, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, +44 141 616 6139