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Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow

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#2 of 14 in Childrens Museums in Scotland
Unlock the mysteries of science in one of Glasgow's most futuristic-looking buildings at Glasgow Science Centre. The site includes three components: the Science Mall, an IMAX cinema, and the Glasgow Tower. In the first--which is meant to represent the canted hull of a ship--explore more than 250 exhibits across three floors. These exhibits, many of which are interactive, explore the themes of "Explore and Discover," "Science in Action," and "Science and You." Sit in on a presentation in the Science Show Theatre, and learn about the workings of our universe on the planetarium's 15-m (49-ft) projection ceiling. Check the schedule at the IMAX cinema--the first of its kind in Scotland--to see what's playing on its 25 by 18.9 m (82 by 62 ft) screen. As far as the site's third component goes, you'll likely have to settle for viewing it from the outside. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes the Glasgow Tower as the world's tallest of its kind that rotates 360 degrees. Unfortunately, the 127-m (417-ft) tower's been mostly closed due to structural problems since construction finished in 2001. The Science Centre offers a restaurant in case your hunger for more knowledge also gives you hunger for actual food. Children under the age of three can visit for free. To visit Glasgow Science Centre and get the most from your holiday in Glasgow, create itinerary details personal to you using our Glasgow holiday maker app .
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  • Great way to spend a few hours, brilliant fun for kids. Would advise you take your own lunch otherwise you could be queuing for ages. Long queues, lack of tables and only one person on the till (there...  more »
  • This has to be one of the best venues at hand in Glasgow. It brings Science to the people, young and old alike. With hands-on experiments and demos, it is another must-visit venue for all the family t...  more »
  • We visited in July for the first time and loved it. As we were not going away on a holiday this Summer we decided to book into the Premier Inn Pacific Quay and see a couple of the museums. On day 2 we...  more »
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  • A visit to the science centre is always a good day out for young kids and adults alike - be sure to make a day of it rather than visit for a couple of hours. It's easy to find, plenty of parking and some good bus links almost right outside. Entry may seem expensive but when you consider the volume of things to do and the time you can spend there, it's good value. Food sold on premises like most places is rather expensive but a "picnic area" is available to eat food that you take with you. Be sure to note the show times when you arrive and plan to see them accordingly, they are free but can fill up quickly especially on busy days such as peak holidays.
  • Really good place but so much stuff is closed for maintenance/not working properly/awaiting repair. Staff very knowledgeable but the place could benefit from additional signage. Cafe was really confusing too as you have to wait to be seated unless you are taking and going in which case you just go straight up. Lots of people seemed confused with the set up not just us. The food was fine though.
  • Brilliant for the kids and always updating the exhibits. Shows are always a joy and really interactive for kids and parents. Perfect for rainy days. Can get a bit busy on weekends and holidays. Recommend an early start.... We are always there till they kick us out at 5. Of particular note is the new cafe. Staff are great and quality/choice of food excellent. Worth every penny!
  • It is an excellent place to be. You will enjoy the techniques with personal experience. Lot of items for kids too. It's very good place to students who can get practical experience what they have studied in class room. We had been to planetarium to watch the show. It was really awesome experience to watch it.
  • Five stars for the planetarium! Haven't seen the rest of the Science Centre yet, but been to several shows in the giant dome and had my mind blown every time šŸ˜ The simulated star-gazing is spectacular enough, but then the seamless digital projection system lets you take off and fly through the galaxy...I can't get enough of it.

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