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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. 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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  • Been coming here most of my life and sadly was very disappointed today. Too many empty spaces and areas roped off. Shocked to find a painter gaily painting a wall without the area being roped off with...  more »
  • A marvellous museum about Glasgow life with a very good cafe in the large glass enclosure. The enclosure has an interesting array of plants and shrubs including a banana tree. There is an interesting ...  more »
  • The shop staff are the rudest ever and the winter gardens are smaller than expected and far too many stairs to the galleries.  more »
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  • I don't know why some people didn't like it because I thought it was wonderful! It's really the first time I saw a social museum and it's so refreshing to see. It talk about the Glaswegian people during different stages in history like in the World Wars, the socioeconomic development, sanitation, rights. It is so interesting to see the history of a place in terms of the people and you don't get museums like this most of the time. Definitely consider visiting!
  • There is only one word to describe this museum, "menagerie." And not a very good one at that. There is a critical need for funding this building, because it is falling apart and the collections need fresh, professionally designed and updated exhibit displays. The photography exhibit space, at least a fifth of the available space, was a joke in terms of its presentation. A lot of wasted area in this section and the space is not interestingly used. The location is brilliant--the beautiful Glasgow Green, but this museum does not currently rise to its setting. The botanical gardens (The Winter Garden) are o.k., but interspersed among inconsistently labeled plants were verbose, typed encyclopedic entries on endangered species, huh? It was jarring and confusing. It all needs a makeover, but that takes money and that takes vision. Hope someone or some group will step-up.
  • Lovely place with bright surroundings and variety of plants from around the world. Great for family outings and young children to run around The prices of food in the ENCORE cafeteria are world class, almost as if the customers are very affluent and live in London. Example £2 for a small square of carrot cake in a place with a big turnover of customers seems a con.
  • Return Visit I first came to the peoples palace back in 1992 with my primary school to see the ww2 section. so today i returned with my mum who had never been to the museum. what a fantastic place!!! the exhibits are brilliant especially the Duke Street Prison section, crime and punishment sections are excellent, especially for my mum who is ex-police and had heard about the Duke Street Prison through her colleagues. some of whom had previously worked for City of Glasgow Police force. overall definately worth the walk from the city centre. Staff are so helpful
  • Lovely place to visit, could've spent longer looking around. Great cafe and food. Another place in Glasgow that's free to visit.

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