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People's Palace and Winter Gardens, Glasgow

Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to People's Palace and Winter Gardens and many more Glasgow attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Glasgow vacation generator.
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  • A bit disappointed to be honest. I visited years ago as a child and seem to remember there was a lot more there - perhaps I am wrong though. Some interesting features, but was round it in an hour. Not...  read more »
  • I completely forgot about this place until I passed it yesterday. Went in for a quick look which turned into a couple of hours. Has some good exhibits on Glasgow during the 2nd world war, tenements, t...  read more »
  • If you want an insight into the social history of one of Scotland's major cities, with a strong left lean and a distinct feminist perspective, then get yourself to the People's Palace. The day we went...  read more »
  • Small and compact though it may be, it crams a lot of Glasgow history into one place. I can't help but feel that Glaswegians will gain the most from this museum. Older locals will very likely be transported back to times they remember as a youth, younger visitors can marvel at how their city has progressed. Visitors from beyond Glasgow will get a compact story of Glasgow life, thorns and all. It's not a fancy, fairytale history lesson, it's rooted in reality and all the better for it. The winter gardens helps bring you back to the present and is a relaxing way to finish off your tour. It doesn't cost anything to visit, like so many Glasgow attractions, and you can enjoy a stroll around Glasgow Green afterwards.
  • Enjoyed learning about Glasgow's history through the years at the museum in People's palace. The winter garden could be a nice place to be during colder months. The terracotta fountain in front of the building is a magnificent example of victorian art and design!
  • Lovely exhibiscus well put together. A real insight to Glasgow of the past. Worth a look.
  • Nice coffee..good breakfast and just by the best picnic field..I'd recommend it
  • A wonderful building telling the social history of Glasgow. Nice cafe within the Winter Gardens. Perfect to visit whatever the weather and free!
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