Glasgow Police Museum
Glasgow Police Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
About
The Glasgow Police Museum illustrates the history of the Glasgow Police 1779 - 1975, through artifacts, stories and images. Its International Room has uniforms and insignia from EVERY country in the World. WE ARE NOW ON 'SUMMER HOURS' - OPEN 7 DAYS PER WEEK - ADMISSION FREE - NO BOOKING REQUIRED
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Gord C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    About Law and Order, but friendly and relaxed.
    The best part of the visit was speaking with the staff. They were most engaging and knowledgeable. As a curator of a small museum, I appreciated how they introduced the museum to the visitor and were there to point out significant artefacts and stories. Well worth a visit, easy to access from Central Glasgow.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • thistle-do-nicely
    Kilmarnock, United Kingdom809 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Staff make the visit
    A very small museum space in Glasgow, but absolutely crammed with impressive exhibits. The staff are brilliant and answered all our questions. You can spend an hour just looking, but there are loads of stories, anecdotes and historical pieces that if you only read half of them you could easily spend a couple of hours. We will return to read what we missed. In our opinion, along with the Kelvingrove and the more famous museums this is a must visit when in Glasgow.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Pannipannini
    Maryland1,610 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well curated interesting stop
    We spent about 1.5 hours here. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. The exhibits are extremely thorough and well worth a read. It’s a part of Glasgow’s uncensored history. It’s too bad that the museum is confined to this small space despite its large (untapped) collection. The City ought to find these folks a worthy spot…it’s definitely a must see.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • gillg
    Perth, Australia2,099 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A really informative snapshot of policing
    Quirky, interesting little museum. Easy to access, up on the first floor in one of the old buildings. Coincidentally the stairs are black and white checks. Bob introduced himself and was a wealth of info. Appreciated his knowledge and enthusiasm. Very interesting chronological exhibition. Interested historical cases. Highly recommended. Free admission but donations appreciated to assist in the collections upkeep. Thanks very much!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Wendy M
    Portarlington, Australia119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting!
    This wasn't on our radar to visit, but given the rain in Glasgow, we needed to get in out of the weather. However, we were given a warm welcome at the door and this little Museum is very interesting and I do recommend a visit. Some interesting stories to read!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Anne M
    Liverpool, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bob(ies)
    Had a lovely visit to thos really interesting museum. Was given a personal tour and got some good local history too. Bob Manuel what a lovely mam. Would recommend for a quick visit
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 October 2023
  • Jacky H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best and most interesting museum to visit
    I was pleasantly surprised at what a great museum to visit. It isn't very big but it is so well set out and there was so much information to absorb. The 2 gentleman that greeted me when I arrived were so friendly and helpful and had so much knowledge to pass on. The displays were brilliant and so organised. I would thoroughly recommend anyone to visit it as it was very interesting.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Давид Гергов
    Sofia, Bulgaria1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top notch !
    An incredible collection worth seeing. Perserved extremely well and is worth a visit for sure. The gentlemen there give you quite an interesting introduction and answer every question you may have. The collection of badges and uniforms from all around the world is incredible and one of a kind !
    Visited January 2024
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Alison H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating little museum
    This small museum located in a first floor flat above a restaurant in the Merchant City is well worth a visit. The exhibits are fascinating as well as being extremely well laid out and informative. The ex-police officers who run this little gem voluntarily are a font of knowledge and their little stories really bring the exhibits to life. Their passion for keeping this little part of history alive is commendable. Spent a most enjoyable couple of hours here and learned so much. Thank you.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 February 2024
  • Jemstone
    170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic little museum
    Called to the museum looking for something to do in a rainy day in Glasgow. So glad we did. It's a fantastic little place and made all the better by the volunteers. Both kids were given quizzes, a Lego search for the 9 Yr old, and a quiz for the teenager.... I must commend the staff in managing to engage a stroppy teenager. She really enjoyed reading and researching the questions and actually smiled when awarded her junior detective certificate! 🤣 The displays are well organised and easy to read and understand, the staff on hand yo help and share knowledge. Definitely recommend a visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 April 2024
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Beardie50
London, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
It was a typical rainy day in Glasgow and we passed two signs pointing to the museum. Getting wet we gave it a go and were welcomed by the open arms of the law in the guise of a Bob and Ernie. The best double act since the Krankies. True gentlemen and extremely interesting, giving a personal tour and insights into their own experience. Fascinating. What is a small museum is worth every minute, about a hour but could easily have been more. I loved the old truncheons, guns and uniforms from around the world. Bob and Ernie are worth a visit on their own. Visits are free but rely on donations so go, donate and ask Ernie about what time Sean Connery goes to Wimbledon!
Written 3 September 2020
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Garynd881
Leicester, UK35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I am an ex-police officer and made a bee-line for this museum as soon as I arrived in Glasgow. It's quite a small museum but take your time, read all this information boards and you'll learn a great deal. Make sure you visit the display of badges/uniforms from around the world as well. Very friendly staff.
Written 6 December 2021
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freddiedoncaster
Stockton-on-Tees, UK2,598 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I honestly did say this on entry, but then realised five million other visitors must have also said this!!
Anyway, this museum is above interesting. The artefacts on display are quite scary at times , however the guy who guided us explained everything perfectly.
Would definitely recommend.
Written 15 October 2020
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terence c
Folsom, CA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This past summer we made our first trip to Glasgow. We always walking around the cities we travel, and based the reviews of this museum, we made a point of visiting. It was truly one of the highlights of our trip. The retired coppers showing us around were engaging, funny and just so appreciative that we came by.
If you are visiting Glasgow - you should really put it on the top of your to-do list!
And it's FREE ADMISSION - Brilliant!
Written 12 February 2023
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Sarah M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
This museum really is the hidden gem of Glasgow, Alastair and Eddie were SO knowledgeable and there stories made the trip. It was fascinating, educational, funny and heart breaking. Honestly, one of my favourite things we’ve done. A must see if in the city
Written 29 July 2021
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Chris P
Brighton, UK83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Slightly hidden, due to being through an innocuous looking doorway & up to the 1st floor. Well sign posted out on the street though.
Compact museum, but extensively filled with displays of facts & artifacts. The staff were so enthusiastic (being retired policemen), keen to elaborate on the displays with extra information & stories. Highly recommended.
Written 4 October 2020
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Stacey R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
We had a lovely time at this little gen of a museum. There was a lego trail for our daughter, with a certificate at the end and lots of incredible detail in the displays. The curator is very knowledgeable and was easily able to answer my questions. I highly recommend.
Written 9 January 2022
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Liz W
Glasgow, UK3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
This is a super wee museum with free entry and staffed by enthusiastic volunteers. Well worth a visit and very interesting. It’s right in the heart of the Merchant City with plenty of eateries and coffee shops nearby.
Written 3 March 2022
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Wendy M
Portarlington, Australia119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This wasn't on our radar to visit, but given the rain in Glasgow, we needed to get in out of the weather. However, we were given a warm welcome at the door and this little Museum is very interesting and I do recommend a visit. Some interesting stories to read!!
Written 14 October 2023
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JC
Oxfordshire, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
This was a good little find for an hour in the city of Glasgow. We stumbled across it and popped in.
A small museum ran by volunteers, who were very knowledgable on policing history in Glasgow, clearly had a passion.
The second room had a collection of international uniforms including hats, different forces badges and emblems. The volunteers were very friendly and had a good discussion regarding the collection.
If you have an interest in policing it is well worth a visit for an hour.
Written 12 December 2022
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