About Christian W
Lives in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Since Nov 2013
35-49 year old male
I've lived in Scotland for most of my adult life but am now largely based in Montreal, Canada. I've been a travel writer for over a decade and have worked on projects big and small: from guidebooks through magazine and newspaper articles to apps and website content. Even when not working I'm always exploring – usually on one of my ten bicycles.
Children's Museums, Science Museums
History Museums, Speciality Museums
History Museums, Speciality Museums
Historic Sites, Speciality Museums, History Museums
Art Museums, Speciality Museums
This eclectic museum is full of treasures — from medieval armour to contemporary art — and is far and away the most visited Glasgow museum. Unmissable for any museum lover.
The extraordinary fine art collection of Glasgow shipping magnate Sir William Burrell was once the largest solo collection in the world (some 9,000 objects) and gifted to Glasgow in 1944. Despite the scale and breadth of the collection — from ancient Chinese treasures through to medieval tapestries and furnishings — the museum is not too big to be overwhelming.
Obvious by its eye-catching jagged roof, Glasgow's transport museum is a wonderful place to wander around and stumble upon venerable trams, cars, and motorcycles, as well as fine old models of battleships and liners and steam trains of yesteryear. Many were even built in the city.
The Hunterian is not one but many museums dotted around the Glasgow University Campus. One of these specializes in all sorts of historical artifacts, from rocks and fossils to Roman remains, medals and coins. The Zoology museum with its 60,000 specimens is best for insect fans; while the compact Art Gallery has works ranging from Rubens and Rembrandt to the Scottish Colourists and Glasgow Boys. Also here is the Macintosh House with its meticulous re-assemblage of the principal interiors of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's home.
This is one Glasgow museum kids shouldn't miss thanks to its three huge floors of entertaining interactive puzzles, optical illusions, music, engineering, and craft areas. While this does mean it gets very busy, even on weekdays thanks to school visits, simply come prepared for this. There's plenty for adults to enjoy here too, including mind-control competitions and Madagascan hissing cockroaches.
Once the extraordinary 18th-century mansion of tobacco magnate William Cunningham, this building now provides intriguing and attractive spaces — complete with stained glass and Corinthian columns — for stimulating contemporary art. Nicknamed GOMA, the museum has a solid permanent collection (Scottish artists include Peter Howson, John Byrne, Toby Paterson, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Tim Stead) but its temporary exhibitions are often more enticing.
This purpose-built Victorian sandstone museum gives a flavour of Glasgow culture by looking at the ordinary lives of its working East End population. It looks mostly at the 19th and 20th centuries — temperance tracts, trade-union banners, and suffragette posters — and is well worth it to gain a good insight into the era.
This is the place to find out about the history of the UK’s first police force and admire Europe’s largest display of uniforms and insignia from the four corners of the globe. But it's much more than just artefacts, with many interesting anecdotes recounted as well.
A huge array of well-labelled items relating to Scottish and worldwide football can be found here, helping to provide a sense of the popular sport's rich history. The crown jewel is the world's oldest football trophy: the Scottish Cup.
Scotland Street School is interesting both for being designed by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and for its museum of education from the 1800s to the late 20th Century. Reconstructions and costumes create nostalgia for adults and fun for kids.
This is a small but informative museum dedicated to that most Scottish of instruments, the bagpipe. From its its humble roots to its significance as a ceremonial instrument, it's all here! This makes a great stop for anyone with an interest in Scottish culture.
Tenement House is a snapshot of Glasgow life, which was never intended as a museum. Miss Toward — who lived in this traditional Glasgow apartment — changed almost nothing from when she moved there in 1911 to when she moved out in 1965, leaving behind a remarkable time capsule of early-20th-century Glasgow life.
This small museum thoughtfully looks at all the various world religions and has a few artefacts to go with each. Illuminating for those with little knowledge, including children, this is a good free stop-off if you are visiting Glasgow Cathedral or the Necropolis.