People's Palace and Winter Gardens, Glasgow

4.3
#7 of 37 in Museums in Glasgow
Originally opened in 1898 as a recreation space and museum, since the 1940s, People's Palace and Winter Gardens has been a museum for the social history of Glasgow. Inside the Victorian architecture, you'll find the stories of the city's people from 1750 to present day. Explore the winter gardens, where lush foliage thrives all year long protected from the damp weather outside. The main building's interior commemorates Glasgow's history in murals and panels. For example, the domed ceiling displays a series of panels by Ken Currie depicting the Calton Weavers’ Massacre of 1787. Outside you'll find the Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world. Use our Glasgow travel planner to visit People's Palace and Winter Gardens on your trip to Glasgow, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Great place to visit but obviously a bit busy on a school day. It was full of pupils young and old which made it a bit frantic. Felt we were a bit in the way as they took priority. Will have to go bac...  more »
  • Good place to get understanding how Glascow has developed and going further in the point of people. How they have lived during years. A little bit mor about today situation could be.  more »
  • Glasgow through the ages! The guide Alan was most helpful and explained all the various exhibits and was very friendly, The indoor garden was good and of course all free!!  more »
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  • I would say that its really a very nice place for coffee/ food whatever you choose its a family place great atmosphere plenty to let children see that's why I've gave it 5stars .
  • Nice display of plants. Nice cafe in the glass house. Interesting museum. Large terracotta fountain outside. Well worth a look.
  • Terrific and well worth a visit. The museum was very interesting. . Food served in the cafeteria is reasonably priced.
  • A great little museum that focuses on the people of Glasgow, the exhibits are mainly from the last two hundred years and touch the turbulent history of Britain's second biggest city. It doesn't take long to visit but it leaves you with a sense of place and time and some understanding about why Glasgow became known as Red Clydeside in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution. Afterwards you can sit in the gardens of the Winter Gardens and enjoy coffee or tea.
  • Second best museum in Glasgow behind Kelvingrove. A really lovely look at the history of Glasgow and the people who made it. Often has great local exhibitions on too. Enjoy a bite to eat in the awesome botanical gardens after your trip round. Make sure to check out the terracotta fountain outside that celebrates the British empire. Bit in pc in bits nowadays world but nice to see a living piece of history.
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