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People's Palace and Winter Gardens, Glasgow

4.3
#6 of 42 in Museums in Glasgow
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
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Originally opened in 1898 as a recreation space and museum, since the 1940s, People's Palace and Winter Gardens has been a museum for the social history of Glasgow. Inside the Victorian architecture, you'll find the stories of the city's people from 1750 to present day. Explore the winter gardens, where lush foliage thrives all year long protected from the damp weather outside. The main building's interior commemorates Glasgow's history in murals and panels. For example, the domed ceiling displays a series of panels by Ken Currie depicting the Calton Weavers’ Massacre of 1787. Outside you'll find the Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world. Use our Glasgow travel planner to visit People's Palace and Winter Gardens on your trip to Glasgow, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The exhibits tell a fascinating story of Glasgow's social history. Alot of it is a bit tired looking particularly when lots of museums these days have more interactive displays. However, that... 
    The exhibits tell a fascinating story of Glasgow's social history. Alot of it is a bit tired looking particularly when lots of museums these days have more interactive displays. However, that...  more »
  • This is an incredible museum of social history. Despite decades of deliberate underfunding and neglect by successive Glasgow City Councils . The artefacts on display illustrates how Glasgow has... 
    This is an incredible museum of social history. Despite decades of deliberate underfunding and neglect by successive Glasgow City Councils . The artefacts on display illustrates how Glasgow has...  more »
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  • Lovely building full of very interesting artefacts of Glasgow through the years. We enjoyed our visit very much. Had a decent cup of coffee and a snack in the cafe area. The toilets were very poor. I understand its an old building but the toilet seats weren't even secured properly and the restrooms were not very clean. This is the reason I cannot give it 5 stars.
  • It's a cool and calm place with lots of history about Glasgow. I found it really interesting and informative especially in getting to Glasgow better. I would recommend visiting if you find yourself in Glasgow.

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