International Museum Day is a celebration that is held every year on or around May 18th, coordinated by the International Council of Museums. The event highlights a specific theme that changes every year and that is at the heart of the international museum community’s preoccupations. The IMD provides the opportunity for museum professionals to meet the public and alert them as to the challenges that museums face. The objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. All around the world, more and more museums participate in International Museum Day. Last year, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in about 158 countries and territories.
This year, the International Museum Day falls on Saturday, May 18th and is a perfect opportunity to highlight the amazing museums we have around Glasgow. Read on to find out more:
1) Transport museum
The Riverside Museum (also known as the Transport Museum) is located on the River Clyde in the Glasgow Harbour regeneration district of the City. Opened in 2011, the museum obtained European Museum of the Year Award 2013 which was a noteworthy achievement for the museum and the City as a whole. The floor to ceiling glass windows allow light to flood through the main exhibition space placing a spotlight on Glasgow’s outstanding transport collection.
2) Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland’s most popular FREE attractions and hosts a range of collections from many art movements throughout history. The building is spectacular and an attraction in its own right – see below! The Ar
3) Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens
The Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens are located in the heart of Glasgow Green (Glasgow’s oldest open space). Before entering, have a walk around the Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens to admire the architecture of the building and the contrast of the large glass Winter Garden conservatory.
4) Gallery of Modern Art
The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is located in the middle of Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow and specialises in post 1945 art and design. Guided tours are popular amongst tourists and can be arranged in order to visit the building and view the artwork inside.
5) Scotland Street School Museum
Scotland Street School Museum is a museum of school education in Glasgow, Scotland, in the district of Kingston. It is located in a former school designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1903 and 1906. The building is one of Glasgow’s foremost architectural attractions. With many features built into the stonework and staircases, there is something to admire around every corner Now as a museum, it tells the story of 100 years of education in Scotland, from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.
This is just a brief list of the huge array of museums that Glasgow has to offer. Our historic museums are a must see during any visit to the City. If you are interested in a particular museum, contact us at our Glasgow based office to book accommodation nearby. We are always happy to help to make your stay as comfortable as possible in the City.
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