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Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life


Free to all
20% off
10% off

Home to working machinery and interactive displays, Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life explores Coatbridge's role in mining and the production of iron and steel in the 19th century.

Nestled in Coatbridge, known affectionately as Scotland’s industrial ‘heartland’, the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life is built on the site of the old Summerlee iron works. During the 19th century, the town of Coatbridge became a major centre for mining and the production of iron and steel, a legacy that continues today and is celebrated throughout the displays, exhibitions and interactive activities available at the museum.

Now a modern, thriving visitor attraction, a day out at Summerlee can involve perusing the interactive displays, learning about local and social history, a ride on the tram or a trip down the mine.

The Summerlee Engineering Pavilion offers the opportunity for a close-up look at an impressive collection of large-scale engineering equipment, and the main exhibition hall is home to displays and working machinery, including a huge winding engine from the former Cardowan Colliery.

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Free to all

Heritage Way, Coatbridge, ML5 1QD

01236 638460


Opening times

Morning entry session 10am - 12 noon

Afternoon entry session 1pm - 3pm

All visitors to leave at the end of their time slot to allow for museum cleaning.

We welcome back all our visitors but have made some changes for your safety.

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times indoors, this includes the shops, cafe and tram.
  • Trace and Protect in place. You must provide a name and contact number for your visit.
  • The museum has Visit Scotland Good to Go acreditation.
  • A one way system in operation in exhibition spaces, please follow the signs.
  • The mine is currently closed.
  • Tram will be restarting in late-September.
  • Cafe is open for take away, out door seating available.
  • Open Wednesday to Sunday.
  • Changing place and toilets in Exhibition Hall open with regular cleaning.
  • Entry tickets are valid for date and times listed only. No re-entry.
  • From 14 September 2020 the Scottish Government has stated only up to six people aged 12 + from two households may meet outdoors/indoors. Please adhere to this when booking and meeting at the museum.

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10% off in shop
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