Glasgow: Things to see

  • 24 July 2014

With the Commonwealth Games in full swing, we pick five amazing museums and galleries to see in and around Glasgow.

Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow

50% off exhibitions with the National Art Pass

Scotland's first public art museum houses a marvellous collection of Old Master paintings, originally acquired by its founder, Dr William Hunter. The Gallery features stellar works by Chardin, Rubens and Stubbs, and one of the most important collections of work by husband-and-wife design team Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald. 

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Free to all, 10% discount in shop with National Art Pass                      

This dynamic new museum, designed by Zaha Hadid, was European Museum of the Year 2013. It was purpose-built to house Glasgow's internationally significant transport collections, and to display the city's rich industrial heritage. The Glenlee tall ship (pictured above) – which was built in 1896 – is berthed alongside the museum in the River Clyde.

Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Free to all, 10% discount in shop with National Art Pass

Award-winning museum based in Glasgow's Pollok Country Park, with wonderful views of the woodland setting. The Collection features exquisite works by Cézanne, Degas and Rodin, as well as examples of late medieval art, Chinese and Islamic art, and much more. Make the most of your visit with a walk in the woodlands and gardens.

People’s Palace, Glasgow

Free to all, 10% discount in shop with National Art Pass

The People's Palace, set in historic Glasgow Green, tells the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century. Explore the city's social history through historic artefacts, paintings, prints and photographs, film and interactive computer displays – and a recreation of a public bath.

Hill House, Argyll 

Free with National Art Pass (£10.50 standard)

Architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh created the Hill House, 20km north of Glasgow, for publisher Walter Blackie and his family in 1902-4. Mackintosh was responsible not only for the building but also for its interior decoration, on which he collaborated with his wife Margaret MacDonald. Seen from the outside, the house is a marriage of Scottish Baronial and Modernism – a stark contrast with the light, elegant interiors.

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