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Address: 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 141 353 4500
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10:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Join a 45 minute'Mackintosh at the GSA' tour to discover original...

Join a 45 minute'Mackintosh at the GSA' tour to discover original furniture, the history of the Mackintosh building and the architects life and work, from student to master designer.

Restoration is underway following a serious fire in 2014, as such there is no access to the interiors of the Mackintosh building.

Explore the rich history of The Glasgow School of Art at the 'Window on Mackintosh' Visitor Centre through artefacts from GSA's Archives and Collections, illuminating life at the School from 1845 to present day.

Step outside this summer with GSA's Walking Tours to explore Glasgow's creative past and present. Invest in new talent hailing from the School or pick up the perfect memento of your visit in the GSA Shop.

The 'Window on Mackintosh' Visitor Centre and GSA Shop in the Reid building at 164 Renfrew Street are open 10Am - 4.30Pm, 7 days a week.

Tours depart from the 'Window on Mackintosh' 7 days a week. Every purchase supports the School.

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Hoping to finish the restoration

We didnot follow the guided tours offered by the school. However we could enjoy the temporary exhibition, the shop and the mixture of visitors and students in a welcoming hall... read more

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Province of Girona, Spain

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Prague, Czech Republic
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great disappointment. You walk up the hill only to find the school building all covered as repair works after a fireare going on, reportedly for some three years already and the opening is planned, I think, for 2020.

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Province of Girona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We didnot follow the guided tours offered by the school. However we could enjoy the temporary exhibition, the shop and the mixture of visitors and students in a welcoming hall. Staff was very friendly. We could also grasp a rough idea of Glasgow history and all its social and economical changes.

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New York City
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took a train from Edinburgh to Glasgow, about at 50 minute trip. We knew the building is under restoration but wanted to see it anyway. We booked a 45 minute tour that was interesting, but not exceptional. Then we walked from teh GSA to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. They have an excellent array of Macintosh furniture and the building... More 

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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a day and a night in Glasgow mainly to see some of the wealth of Mackintosh work there. Despite the main buildings closure, an excellent and interesting tour by Alan was a good ingredient; also nice to feel the proceeds would help the restoration.

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Ottawa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love C.A. MacIntosh so were prepared to enjoy our visit to the school. We knew we would only see the newer building because of the reconstruction ongoing with the original building but they did have fine examples of his and his wife's furniture and art. What we didn't expect was the great tours of the school and neighbourhood. Both... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitors centre is open which includes some interesting background a shop and a cafe. The building itself is surrounded by scaffolding. Worth a look if you're walking passed but don't go out of your way.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

In spite of the state of the MacIntosh building, it was worth visiting for the good gift shop and the exhibition that the students had prepared. Interesting.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent tour giving lots of interesting information about Mackintosh, his work and contemporaries. It's a great alternative to visiting the actual Mackintosh building just across the road, closed for refurbishment after the fire, The displays are informative and there is a good selection of furniture, wall hangings etc. The Visitor Centre itself is a beautiful building. Laura... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Because of the fire, the old building is closed and covered with scaffolding. The Glasgow School of Art tour takes place in the new building, on the same street. The guide was a student of the school. She told us the importance of Mackintosh's work for Glasgow and for the school, explained us the architecture of the old building on... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Tour in the new building (the older original mackintosh designed premises is under renovation after a fire) was good. Could get to see only about 10 or 15 of his works. The walk tour which covers other buildings of Mackintosh starts at 1 PM and this information is not available unless one goes there, just missed the tour by... More 

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