People's Palace and Winter Gardens, Glasgow

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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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  • It was quite a small but nice museum. The top floor is currently closed so only the first floor exhibits are open. Lots about the people of Glasgow 
    It was quite a small but nice museum. The top floor is currently closed so only the first floor exhibits are open. Lots about the people of Glasgow  more »
  • Nostalgic visit to this magnificent building. Advanced booking is required due to the pandemic and the exhibitions are limited and not interactive at present. Some displays out of action and oneish... 
    Nostalgic visit to this magnificent building. Advanced booking is required due to the pandemic and the exhibitions are limited and not interactive at present. Some displays out of action and oneish...  more »
  • This is an imposing looking palace and a lovely winter garden. Unfortunately, the place was totally deserted when we visited it during the afternoon, so we could only appreciate the architecture from....  more
    This is an imposing looking palace and a lovely winter garden. Unfortunately, the place was totally deserted when we visited it during the afternoon, so we could only appreciate the architecture from....  more »
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  • The People's Palace is brilliant. So much to see and learn about. It's great to be able to look back and hear from people growing up in the city. Just a shame the Glass House is no longer open. That was a fantastic place. A real loss that it's gone.
  • Great staff .sadly the top floor and winter Gardens are closed ..the top floor is due to open soon and money is being raised to give the building and the winter Gardens a much needed refurbishment. It will still be a good while till the once beautiful winter Gardens are open though. It has a very interesting collection on glasgows social history
  • Little but beautiful museum. For anyone interested in Glasgow City’s history. Free entry. Top floor is closed for maintenance. Clean toilets. There is also a coffee shop. Huge grass fields outside.
  • The museum remains open but the 'Winter Garden' is currently closed due to structural problems. Glass has fallen & they are worried that more could. I understand they plan to undertake a full condition survey of the structure and glazing shortly pursuant to obtaining funding and appointing a contractor to complete full structural refurbishment.
  • So good to see the Pally open again. It is not fully open yet, just the lower rooms, with a new bright, light cafe where the shop used to be, and the upper floor. Those spaces are packed with modern history gems from Billy's banana boots to a mini-steamy, Anderson shelter, jail and Doon the water picture op.

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