Museums

Museums don't have to be dull and dusty! Find one that appeals to you and yours in our East Renfrewshire listings below, and go check it out...

Museums in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Almond Valley Heritage Centre

Almond Valley Heritage Centre

Almond Valley Heritage Centre Millfield, Livingston EH54 7AR
There are many things to enjoy and discover here at Almond Valley. For your little ones there are tractor rides, soft play areas, interactive activities...
Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh South EH16 4SY
Craigmillar is one of Scotland’s most perfectly preserved castles. It began as a simple tower-house residence. Gradually, over time, it developed into...
Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery

Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery

NA High Street, Dunbar EH42 1ER
With its distinctive witch’s hat tower and its bell, clock and sun dials, the Town House has been the focus of town life since the 16th century. Our...
Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle Castlehill, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2NG
Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland's capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation's story.Battles and sieges were fought over...
Gladstones Land

Gladstones Land

477b Lawnmarket, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2NT
The house of wealthy merchant and landlord Thomas Gledstanes showcases high-rise living, 17th-century style, at the beating heart of Edinburgh's historic...
John Gray Centre

John Gray Centre

15 Lodge Street, Haddington EH41 3DX
The John Gray Centre brings together East Lothian Council’s Archaeology, Museum, Archive and Local History Services, alongside Haddington’s branch...
John Knox House

John Knox House

43 - 45 High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1SR
Walk in the footsteps of its famous inhabitants and hear the drama unfold in every room. Look out for the tricks and traps to fool intruders; hunt for...
Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle

2 Cramond Road South, Edinburgh West EH4 6AD
When you step inside Lauriston Castle, you see it just as it was in 1926, when it was left to the nation by the last private owner, Mrs Reid.The Castle...
Military Museum Scotland

Military Museum Scotland

Legion Hall Louis Braille Avenue, Wilkieston , Kirknewton EH27 8EJ
A visit to Military Museum Scotland is a fantastic way to spend a few hours.Come and learn about the Scottish involvement in the British military from...
Museum of Childhood Edinburgh

Museum of Childhood Edinburgh

42 High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1TG
The Museum of Childhood has a place in the hearts of millions. The first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood, it displays toys and...
Museum of Edinburgh

Museum of Edinburgh

142 Canongate Royal Mile, High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH8 8DD
No day out on the Royal Mile is complete without a visit to the Museum of Edinburgh, where the City’s past is brought vividly to life.Visit the Museum...
Museum on the Mound

Museum on the Mound

Museum on the Mound The Mound,, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1YZ
Opened in 2006, this fascinating museum takes a fresh look at money – and much, much more. Art & design, technology, crime, trade and security – all...
National Mining Museum Scotland

National Mining Museum Scotland

Lady Victoria Colliery Newtongrange, Dalkeith EH22 4QN
Welcome to National Mining Museum Scotland, a 5 Star visitor attraction and winner of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions "Best Visitor Experience...
National Museum of Flight Scotland

National Museum of Flight Scotland

NA East Fortune Airfield, NA EH39 5LF
Head off on a journey of discovery at this former airfield as you explore the history of aviation from the First World War to the present day. Climb on...
National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland Chambers Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1JF
Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof at the National...
National War Museum

National War Museum

Edinburgh Castle Castlehill, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2NG
The National War Museum is housed in Edinburgh, and forms part of National Museums Scotland. It is located within Edinburgh Castle, and admission is included...
Prestongrange Museum

Prestongrange Museum

NA Morrisons Haven, Prestonpans EH32 9RX
For centuries Prestongrange was a place of intense industrial activity. A harbour, glass works, pottery, colliery and brickworks have all left their...
Queensferry Museum

Queensferry Museum

53 High Street , South Queensferry EH30 9HP
Queensferry museum showcases the past and traditions of historic Queensferry and neighbouring Dalmeny. The museum has stunning views out onto the Firth...
Scott Monument

Scott Monument

Scott Monument East Princes Street Gardens , Edinburgh Old Town EH2 2EJ
The Scott Monument is the largest monument to a writer in the world. It commemorates Sir Walter Scott.There are 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument...
St Cecilias Hall

St Cecilias Hall

St Cecilia’s Hall Niddry Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1NQ
The beautiful, elliptical St Cecilia's Hall dates back to 1763, making it the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland.Designed by Robert Mylne for...
Surgeons Hall Museums

Surgeons Hall Museums

NA Nicolson Street, Edinburgh South EH8 9DW
The award winning Museums are open to the public, 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm and are home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections...
The Georgian House

The Georgian House

7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh New Town EH2 4DR
The north side of Charlotte Square is Robert Adam's masterpiece of urban architecture. The Georgian House, with its elegant furnished interior, is located...
The Peoples Story Museum

The Peoples Story Museum

163 Canongate , Edinburgh Old Town EH8 8BN
The People’s Story explores the lives of Edinburgh’s ordinary people. From work to home, healthcare to social activities, people of the past are brough...
The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia Ocean Drive, Leith EH6 6JJ
Visit the UK's no.1 attraction (TripAdvisor). The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing...
The Writers Museum

The Writers Museum

Lawnmarket Lady Stair's Close , Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2PA
The Writers’ Museum celebrates the lives of three great Scottish writers – Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.Visitors can...

Museums in Glasgow

Auld Kirk Museum

Auld Kirk Museum

Auld Kirk Museum Cowgate, Kirkintilloch G66 1HN
The Auld Kirk Museum is located on one of the oldest sites in Kirkintilloch. The museum houses a rich collection of objects of local, national and international...
Clydebank Heritage Centre

Clydebank Heritage Centre

Clydebank Heritage Centre Dumbarton Road, Clydebank G81 1XH
A unique collection of information on the history and culture of Clydebank and surrounding area including the villages of Duntocher, Hardgate and Old...
Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery

Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery

Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery Dumbarton Road, Clydebank G81 1UE
Clydebank Museum opened in 1980 in Clydebank Town Hall. It was originally operated by volunteers drawn from the local communities that had lobbied for...
Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle and Country Park , Maybole KA19 8LE
Packed to the turrets with antique furniture and furnishings, artworks, porcelain and other fascinating period objects, Culzean Castle is a superb example...
Dalgarven Mill Museum of Country Life & Costume

Dalgarven Mill Museum of Country Life & Costume

Dalgarven Mill Dalgarven, Kilwinning KA13 6PL
Dalgarven Mill is a treasure trove, created in a group of outstanding historical industrial buildings in a beautiful rural location in Ayrshire.No longer...
Dean Castle Country Park

Dean Castle Country Park

Dean Castle Country Park Dean Road, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB
Dean Castle Country Park is a fantastic free day out for all the family. The country park, covering over 200 acres, is nestled in the heart of Kilmarnock...
Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle , Dumbarton G82 1JJ
Dumbarton was the centre of the ancient kingdom of Strathclyde from the 5th century until 1018.Highlights• The stunning views – from the White Tower...
Fairfield Heritage Centre

Fairfield Heritage Centre

1030-1048 Govan Road, Glasgow South Side G51 4QU
For 100 years Govan was the centre of shipbuilding on the Clyde. Here some of the finest, most luxurious liners, steamships and naval vessels were designed...
Gallery of Modern Art

Gallery of Modern Art

Gallery of Modern Art Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow City Centre G1 3AH
It is housed in an iconic building in the heart of Glasgow, which it shares with the city centre library. GoMA plays an important part in the city’s...
Garrison House

Garrison House

Garrison House Glasgow Street, Millport KA28 0DJ
Fully restored to its former glory in 2008, Garrison House now boasts the local NHS Medical Centre, a state of the art Library, the Museum of the Cumbraes...
Glasgow Museums

Glasgow Museums

, Various Locations Glasgow
Glasgow Museums offer something for everyone. Whether you want to find out more about an artist, come with your class to see how we used to live, see...
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

200 Woodhead Road, Glasgow South Side G53 7NN
It's a vast building with rooms full of fantastic objects, from animals to armour, fine art to fossils, and much, much more. The main collections stored...
Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust

Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust

Bridgeton Bus Garage 76-136 Fordneuk Street, Glasgow East End G40 3AH
The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust was formed at the end of 2002 and is a registered charity (SC034066).The Trust has since 2003 leased the former Bridgeton...
House for an Art Lover

House for an Art Lover

Bellahouston Park Dumbreck Road, Glasgow South Side G41 5BW
We are one of Glasgow's finest wedding & conference venues whilst also being an excellent rescource to visitors as a cultural attraction.House for an...
Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

University Avenue, Glasgow West End G12 0RG
The Hunterian is Scotland’s oldest public museum and home to over a million magnificent items ranging from meteorites to mummies and Mackintosh. Within...
Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Jail Church Square, Inveraray PA32 8TX
Inveraray Jail is a living museum and top Scottish visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Interact with costumed...
Kelvin Hall

Kelvin Hall

1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow West End G3 8AW
This unique partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, the University of Glasgow and the National Library of Scotland sees this historic...
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Argyle Street, Glasgow West End G3 8AG
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Mu​seum has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects. The collections are extensive,...
Mackintosh Queens Cross

Mackintosh Queens Cross

Queens Cross Garscube Road, Glasgow West End G20 7EL
Commissioned in 1896 by the Free Church, the simplicity of the design is inspiring. The windows are Gothic in character, yet are infused with the Mackintosh...
Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens

Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens

People's Palace and Winter Gardens Glasgow Green, Glasgow City Centre G40 1AT
Explore the city’s social history through a wealth of historic artefacts, paintings, prints and photographs, film and interactive computer displays....
Pollok House

Pollok House

2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow South Side G43 1AT
Above stairs, the lavish family rooms are packed full of period furniture and furnishings, as well as the UK’s finest collection of Spanish art, including...
Provands Lordship

Provands Lordship

3 Castle Street, Glasgow City Centre G4 0RB
Step back in time and discover Glasgow’s unique history with a visit to the oldest house in the city.The Provand's Lordship, which was built in 1471...
Riverside Museum

Riverside Museum

100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow West End G3 8RS
The Tall Ship is berthed alongside the museum, creating a fantastic experience in this stunning setting on the banks of the River Clyde.At Riverside Museum...
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Murdochs Loan Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ
Visitors can follow the poet's life and legacy, from his birth in the humble cottage built by his father, to the phenomenal output of songs and music...
Scotland Street School Museum

Scotland Street School Museum

225 Scotland Street, Glasgow South Side G5 8QB
Scotland Street School Museum is a museum of school education in Glasgow, Scotland, in the district of Tradeston. It is located in a former school built...
Scottish Maritime Museum Irvine

Scottish Maritime Museum Irvine

Scottish Maritime Museum Harbour Road, Irvine KA12 8QE
At these two sites, the Museum holds an important nationally recognised collection, including a variety of historic ships, artefacts, shipbuilding machinery...
St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art

2 Castle Street, Glasgow City Centre G4 0RH
The building was built in 1989 in Scottish baronial style by Ian Begg. It was designed to reflect the architecture of the Bishops’ Castle, the site...
Tenement House

Tenement House

145 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow West End G3 6QN
The National Trust for Scotland's Tenement House provides a rare glimpse into life in Glasgow in the early 20th century, in the faithfully restored four...
The Burrell Collection

The Burrell Collection

2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow South Side G43 1AT
Please note: The Burrell Collection is temporarily closed until 2020 for refurbishmentThe Burrell Collection is part of Glasgow Museums and is free to...
The Dick Institute

The Dick Institute

The Dick Institute Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock KA1 3BU
It has a programme of nationally important exhibitions, permanent displays of the museum's own diverse collections and innovative work by contemporary...
The Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art Renfrew Street, Glasgow City Centre G3 6RF
Mackintosh's 'masterwork' The Glasgow School of Art, built 1897-1909, bookends his architectural career. Heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts style...
The Govan Stones Project

The Govan Stones Project

Govan Old Church Govan Road, Glasgow South Side G51 3UU
Discover the unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th-11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde...
The Hampden Experience

The Hampden Experience

Hampden Park , Glasgow South Side G42 9BA
See more than 2500 exhibits in 14 galleries, walk amongst Scotland's footballing legends in the Hall Of Fame and take the Stadium tour at The Hampden...
The Hill House

The Hill House

The Hill House Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh G84 9AJ
High on a hill in Helensburgh, overlooking the River Clyde, sits what is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation...
The National Piping Centre

The National Piping Centre

30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow City Centre G4 0HW
The National Piping Centre, Glasgow was created in 1996, as the world centre for excellence in the promotion and study of the Great Highland Bagpipe.We...

Museums in Lanarkshire

Airdrie Observatory

Airdrie Observatory

Within Airdrie Library Wellwynd, Airdrie ML6 0AG
One of only four observatories operating in the UK, Airdrie Observatory is of historical and scientific interest for both adults and children alike.Located...
Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum

Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum

156 Biggar High Street, Biggar ML12 6DH
Biggar Museum Trust aims to collect, store, preserve and record Biggar and Upper Clydesdale’s rich archaeological, social and historic heritage. The...
Biggar Albion Museum

Biggar Albion Museum

Biggar Albion Museum North Back Road, Biggar
The Albion Museum sits back from North Back Road, Biggar and houses vehicles of Albion Motors, a commercial vehicle manufacturing firm started in 1899...
Biggar Gasworks Museum

Biggar Gasworks Museum

Biggar Gasworks Museum Gas Works Road, Biggar ML12 6BZ
For upwards of 130 years – from 1839 to 1973 – Biggar Gasworks made coal-gas for the town and surrounding district. It was one of the first small-...
Chatelherault Country Park

Chatelherault Country Park

Chatelherault Country Park Fernegair, Hamilton ML3 7UE
Chatelherault was built on 1732 by the Scottish architect William Adam as a hunting lodge for the Dukes and Duchess's of Hamilton.Chatelherault is available...
David Livingstone Centre

David Livingstone Centre

165 Station Road, Blantyre G72 9BY
There are storeys of stories about David Livingstone, the famous Scottish explorer and missionary, in this birthplace museum of his life and work. Housed...
Low Parks Museum

Low Parks Museum

Low Parks Museum 129 Muir Street, Hamilton ML3 6BJ
Low Parks Museum in Hamilton is a 5-star museum under the Visit Scotland grading scheme, situated in the former Low Parks of the Duke of Hamilton's estates...
National Museum of Rural Life

National Museum of Rural Life

Wester Kittochside Philipshill Road, East Kilbride G76 9HR
The nine million pound project comprises a museum and visitor centre, the Georgian farm buildings of Wester Kittochside, the species-rich fields around...
New Lanark World Heritage Site

New Lanark World Heritage Site

New Lanark World Heritage Site New Lanark Mills, Lanark M11 9DB
Attractions in the village include the New Lanark Mill Hotel and New Lanark Visitor Centre, one of Scotland's top attractions, welcoming around 350,000...
Shotts Heritage Centre

Shotts Heritage Centre

Located within Shotts Library Benhar Road, Shotts ML7 5EN
Shotts Heritage Centre is within the town library. Displays focus on the area’s strong 17th century covenanting heritage and the rise and fall of local...
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life Heritage Way, Coatbridge ML5 1QD
Summerlee's 22 acres are based around the site of the 19th Century Summerlee Ironworks, a fore-runner in the use of the innovative hot-blast iron smelting...
The Museum of Lead Mining

The Museum of Lead Mining

The Museum of Lead Mining , Wanlockhead ML12 6UT
Museum of Lead Mining, Wanlockhead Village is unique, being the only museum dedicated to lead mining in Scotland. We do guided tours of our Lead mine,...

Museums in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde

Coats Observatory

Coats Observatory

49 Oakshaw Street West, Paisley PA1 2DE
Coats Observatory is the oldest public observatory in Scotland and was gifted to the people of Paisley by Thomas Coats and designed by Glasgow Architect...
Paisley Museum

Paisley Museum

Paisley Museum High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA
Among our treasures, pride of place goes to The Arbuthnott Missal, a rare medieval manuscript and one of only a few that survived the Reformation in Scotland...
Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Mill End Mill Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS
The museum is staffed by volunteers and can be found on the first floor of the Mile End Mill on Seedhill Road. Admission is free but donations are always...
Paisley: The Secret Collection

Paisley: The Secret Collection

Paisley: The Secret Collection High Street, Paisley PA1 2AE
Paisley: The Secret Collection is the first publicly accessible museum store on a UK High Street, containing thousands of objects reflecting Renfrewshire...
Sma Shot Cottages

Sma Shot Cottages

2 Sma' Shot Lane, Paisley PA1 2HG
The Sma Shot Cottages are a major attraction in the Renfrewshire area, providing visitors with an insight into two distinct periods of Paisley's weaving...
Weavers Cottage

Weavers Cottage

Weaver's Cottage The Cross, Kilbarchan PA10 2JG
Step into Weaver’s Cottage and be transported back to the days when Kilbarchan was at the heart of the thriving Scottish textile industry.This restored...

Museums in Stirling and Falkirk

Alloa Tower

Alloa Tower

Alloa Tower Alloa Park, Alloa FK10 1PP
Take a whistle-stop tour through 700 years of Scottish history at Scotland’s largest and oldest keep, the ancestral home of the influential Erskine...
Argylls Lodging

Argylls Lodging

NA Castle Wynd, Stirling FK8 1EG
Argyll’s Lodging is Scotland’s most splendid and complete example of a 17th century townhouse.It was a residence of the Earl of Stirling and later...
Callendar House

Callendar House

Callendar House Callendar Park, Falkirk FK1 1YR
Callendar House dates from the 14th century. It is set in the nationally-important historic designed landscape of Callendar Park, which also contains...
Dunblane Museum

Dunblane Museum

Dunblane Museum The Cross, Dunblane FK15 0AQ
Dunblane Museum, originally called the Dunblane Cathedral Museum, opened in 1943 and is run entirely by volunteers. It holds a collection of artefacts...
Kinneil Museum

Kinneil Museum

Kinneil Museum Duchess Anne Cottages, Boness EH51 0PR
Kinneil Museum is located in the 17th century stable building of Kinneil House.On its ground floor, redesigned and reopened in Spring 2015, is the story...
Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle Castle Esplanade, Stirling FK8 1EJ
Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish independence & a source of national pride. Visitors can now step back into the sumptuous world of Stirling...
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum The Castle, Stirling FK8 1EH
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum is located in Stirling Castle, in the city of Stirling, Scotland.The Museum traces the history of the 91st...
The Hamilton Toy Collection Museum & Collectors Shop.

The Hamilton Toy Collection Museum & Collectors Shop.

111 Main Street, Callander FK17 8BQ
Welcome to the Hamilton Toy Collection a celebration of toys from the last hundred years.Group bookings and school parties may be made for other times...
The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ
The Stirling Smith is the home of a significant collection of rare and unique artefacts, spanning centuries of Scottish, British and World history. The...

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