Glasgow School of Art
Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow hasn’t always been the cultural hub of Scotland, but in recent years it has challenged neighbouring Edinburgh for the title. With a lively arts scene and plenty of new galleries and museums opening all the time, the city is emerging as a force on Scotland’s cultural stage.

With so many choices and types of museums to choose from, it can be hard to decide how to spend your time when you are visiting. To help you with your decision, here is a list of the best museums in Glasgow.

Glasgow School of Art
The Glasgow School of Art is one of the best known museums in Scotland. The school was designed by the country’s most famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and is a stunning example of Art Nouveau architecture. Visitors can take guided tours of the Glasgow School of Art for a nominal fee, and it is worth booking one to see the stunning interiors and learn about the architect’s impact on the cultural scene in Glasgow.

Hunterian Museum
The oldest public museum in Scotland, the Hunterian Museum is home to an extensive collection of minerals, dinosaur bones, fossils, and other rare cultural objects. The neighbouring Hunterian Art Gallery is also worth a visit. It showcases masterpieces by artists like Rembrandt, Whistler, and Rubens. It also has a Mackintosh House in which the main interiors of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s home have been reassembled for public viewing.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Home to one of the best art collections in the country, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has artworks by Scottish artists, French Impressionists, Dutch Old Masters, and more. There are also great rotating exhibitions on throughout the year. The Kelvingrove is one of the most visited museums in the UK outside of London, and offers free entry.

Burrell Collection
​​​​​​Located in Glasgow’s Pollok Country Park, the award-winning Burrell Collection showcases one of the most impressive array of objects ever collected by one person. With over 8,000 pieces, the museum has everything from ancient Egyptian artefacts to 19th century French paintings. There are also great displays of armour, tapestries, stained glass, and more.

Riverside Museum of Transport
The Riverside Museum of Transport is one of Glasgow’s newest and most eye-catching museums. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the museum is home to all things relating to transportation, including classic cars, bicycles, ships, and trains. It offers free entry, and is a great museum for families.