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Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow

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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. Plan your visit to Glasgow Science Centre and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Glasgow trip itinerary builder.
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  • Great for young children, very interactive, my two year old daughter loved the place, my 4 year old didn't want to leave Would definitely recommend  more »
  • Great place to visit whatever age. Items change regularly. Plenty tables if you want to take your own food. However decent cafe if you prefer that. Each time have gone we have spent 3_5 hours there so...  more »
  • We visited Glasgow Science Centre as part of a week long break in Scotland. We went on Bank Holiday Monday. It was very good and very educational for our children. We would certainly recommend it as a...  more »
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  • As someone who has grown up adoring science and has went on to study several sciences at University, I can't not love the science centre! It is one of my favourite places to visit personally but more so I absolutely love the fun way it has introduced my 3 year old son into the world of science! The centre itself is of a fantastic size with absolutely tones to do! My son was bouncing about not sure what to do next, not sure we even got round 3/4's of it aha! The children's area is exceptional. Combining education and fun perfectly! I often find there is a lack of activities for my son's age but the science centre has loads for their age to do from playing with boats in the water, being a captain and all the science challenges! We spent a good 1 1/2 - 2 hours on this floor alone! The floor above seen us build Lego cars and wooden houses, was literally a 3 year old boys dream! It was really fantastic to see my son so fascinated. The optical illusions area was new for me and was one of the best parts of the centre! It is simply so much damn fun! (Using the word fun far to often haha!) We had such a laugh in this area, particularly the upturned room! The whole centre is just a great day out and it really is a day out with us being there for over 4 hours! We left sweating with a very sleepy wee boy. Perfect!
  • A lot of fun as well as being the right amount of educational (without becoming boring). We are big kids and this place kept us entertained for 3 hours, including going up the tower which is awesome. Great value for money.
  • I've been here on so many occasions and each time I leave loving the place more. Last night we went to a Pink Floyd audio visual in the planetarium - to say It was spectacular is not enough!
  • Okay ignore the stars for now: The review is much more important. Let me make one thing crystal clear: This is a place for CHILDREN. It is NOT a science museum. I thought it was a science museum, because the name of place suggests as such. It is not an adult museum like the Technorama in Winterthur, Switzerland, for example. If you have children, the place is brilliant. They even have a thing for very little children and babies... where you are "not allowed in if you are over the age of 3. They also have fun live displays of science for children, with actual people performing experiments for an audience. Fantastic... would have loved it when I was 7. But if you are an adult thinking it's a museum of science, you will be pretty disappointed. However, on the plus side, when I went to complain to the managers they did offer me a refund and they were very friendly, that's why I'm still giving it 4 stars. But the target audience is under-10s. Don't forget that.
  • We arrived midday, queue to pay was quite slow, we knew what we wanted to do (tower, planetarium and 3d show) on top of basic admission. We only just got round it all and our 6 yr old LOVED the wonky room. Made my head spin. Will come back. Expensive but worth it, you need a whole day to do everything.

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