Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Glasgow  /  Museums  /  Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Glasgow

(4.6/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
SHARMANKA (Russian for Barrel-Organ) was founded by sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky and theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya in St.Petersburg (Russia) in 1989. Audiences in many countries have been fascinated by its magic, and based in Glasgow since 1996 it has gained a reputation as one of the city’s hidden treasures.
To visit Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre and get the most from your holiday in Glasgow, create itinerary details personal to you using our Glasgow itinerary maker.
Source
Create a full Glasgow itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Glasgow

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Glasgow by other users

29 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Bath & Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe, Africa, South America, United States, South Pacific & Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Glasgow BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND March, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Glasgow BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Reykjavik & Scotland BY A USER FROM SERBIA June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • What an amazing place! The Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre is a little gem, right in the centre of Glasgow. What a clever person/people thought of making all these pieces of art out of old junk. All the mod...  more »
  • We visited the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre this afternoon with our 5 year old daughter. The performances of these amazing models were absolutely captivating. We weren't sure whether our daughter would m...  more »
  • I was expecting something fantastic but left doubtful and unsure about the whole thing. These nice items are interesting but I felt stuck in that room and did not enjoy to have to stand and to stare a...  more »
Google
  • Super quirky, proceed with caution. This doesn't always suit everyone's taste, but is certainly worth a visit if you have the time
  • nice art gallery, a little fat of the city centre. small shops in the gallery
  • Wow!!!! Must see.... I only thought this kind of things existed in movies or in the 1800's. The mixture of moving machines, music and light is amazing.
  • This is a fantastical and very unusual collection of creations. I loved the carved creatures and the light display of various colours, synchronized with music and the sound of the performing exhibits. It is a fascinating and touching journey exploring the human condition which includes elements of Soviet history and works dedicated to the artist's friends from the past. Unique and wonderful!
  • One of Glasgow's secret treasures. This is NOT arty farty! A room full of crazy performing machines built from scrap by a lovely Russian artist called Eduard. Don't even try to read too much into them but you will probably absorb a little russian history by osmosis. Go with an open mind and let the sound and movement and bells tell yourself a story. If there is one. Eduard is not sure either!! Inside some, little rat sculptures will operate levers and wheels and in others wee skeleton figures drive steam engines. Children love the machines. 3 years and up like seeing all the bits moving and its a great option for a rainy day. Go to the shorter show if you are worried about attention span. Cafe cossachock is downstairs and you can have a wee russian themed afternoon. You might love it, you might hate it but you will never know unless you go.