Festival of Museums


If you’re into art, fashion, history or science, this weekend is a great time to explore Glasgow’s world class museums, and they’re all accessible by Subway.

From Friday through to Sunday, the Festival of Museums will see special events, talks and happenings at a vast number of museums, not just here in the city, but across Scotland.

Now in its fourth year, the Festival — @FestofMuseums on Twitter — seeks to inspire old and young alike into venturing out into Scotland’s rich curated spaces.

The emphasis is on activity, fun and drama. Many places have special events featuring actors in period dress.

  1. Kelvingrove Art Gallery (Subway: Kelvinhall) is going Bake Off crazy: with a Mary Berry inspired cake competition. Bakers have been asked to register in advance for the event, then bring their showstoppers – inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh – to the gallery on Saturday where they’ll be displayed in the Central Hall.

    The contest coincides with a good old fashioned Tea Party, also in the Central Hall (note: advance booking is required). Proof positive that museums aren’t just a feast for the eyes, they can fill the stomach too. Look out for Mad Hatters…

  2. Some museums are dropping charges to special exhibitions to support the festival. Among them is the Hunterian (Subway: Hillhead or short walk from Kelvinbridge and Kelvinhall) where you can get in to see their stunning Scottish Gold exhibit without parting with any of your own gold.
  3. On Saturday, GoMA’s Big, Big Bus Tour (Subway: Buchanan Street or St Enoch) offers a series of trips around Glasgow, hosted by some friendly artists and architects, ready to point out places of interest. It’s based on the Lamp of Sacrifice, a 3D art work at the GoMA by Nathan Coley showing off 286 places of worship in Glasgow.

    The bus leaves GoMA at various times of the day, and you are able to jump off and on where and when you like around the city.

  4. At the Riverside Museum (Subway: Partick) visitors have the chance to take part in an intriguing project. You can record a Vine, a brief six second video, inspired by something in the collection – to be shared online.
  5. Meanwhile, it’s play time at Scotland Street Museum (Subway: Shields Road) where visitors will be able to sample everything from tiddlywinks to tennis. Organisers are promising a wide variety of home grown and international playground games. So if you ever wondered what they did instead of Hopscotch in Asia… this may well be the venue for you.