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Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow

Categories: Children’s Museums, Science Museums, Museums
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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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  • My review is based on the letter I wrote to the Science Centre Customer Service Manager This week I took my 8-year-old grand-daughter first to Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, and then two days later to yo...  read more »
  • My family and I have visited several science centres across the country and this is by far and and away the best. First of the all the location is excellent, the views are great across the river are e...  read more »
  • This was fantastic and interesting. Costing £31 for 2 adults and a child we felt we wanted to get value for money. Having spent several hours there we did not get a chance to do everything and what we...  read more »
  • Expensive and not worth the money. £41 including parking. Under 3's are free....should be under 6's, as most of the displays contain text, many contain LOTS of text, which is fine, but not any good if the child can't yet read. What's with exhibits that don't work? If something of mine needs fixing at home I call a tradesman and get it fixed in a maximum day or two. Yet this place rakes in thousands of pounds a day and can't properly maintain the place or promptly repair broken stuff. Over 20 minutes queuing to get in. What a joke. Lots of staff milling around but not speeding up the entry. The worst lifts I've used in ages. One hue lift and one tiny lift. Wait ages to get in, then it takes you to every floor. Awful. The kids had had enough after 2 hours, and I came away feeling I'd been robbed. Compared to the museum in Chambers Street in Edinburgh, this place sucks. Save your money and treat your family to a nice lunch instead, or go to a park or museum, anywhere other than this depressing venue.
  • Had a great time with our 14 year-old. Lots of hands-on activities and special programs. The special programs (building snap-together circuits, programming Lego Mindstorm robots, trying out VR headsets) were definitely the highlights for her. Staff were helpful and generally very knowledgeable. Food was quite pricey though.
  • A great family day out, full of fantastic hands-off exhibits. Well worth paying the extra for entry to the planetarium. Entry is relatively expensive compared to other Glasgow museums, but if you get there early you can easily get your money's worth. Regular exhibitions keep things fresh, so an annual "family passport" ticket is great value for families.
  • Great place for kids to learn and have fun, it even freshened my memory on a few things and gave me a few giggles. The IMAX theatre is very good, though not the most plush of cinemas, but very enjoyable and it's one of only a few in Scotland.
  • Spent hours in here, Could go back for more also. Busy with school trips as expected. Some of the exhibit's could do with a little bit of care and reviewing as bit's are not working as they were designed to. 4 different areas and lots of active attractions. Overall great day!
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