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“Mackintosh must-see”

Scotland Street School Museum
Ranked #33 of 301 things to do in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Scotland Street School Museum, a working school until the late 1970s, hosts regular fun family events. It offers a fascinating insight as to what school days were like in the reign of Queen Victoria, during World War II, and in the 1950s and 60s, in three reconstructed classrooms. Architecturally significant, the school was designed by Scotland's most famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. His designs for the school are on display. Refreshments can be taken in the Willow Cafe.
Reviewed 6 January 2012

A must-see on the Mackintosh trail! Fascinating step back in history and great activities programme for kids. It's a bit off the beaten track, but accessible by subway (Shields Road).

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Reviewed 23 November 2011

This old red sandstone school was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and has some interesting features such as the high bow windows at the stairwells, and the quirky art nouveau janitors house (no access) in the playground. The school once served the bustling Kingston area which has since been torn down, and the area around the school is now depopulated and a bit run down. However it is easily reached by undergound (Shields Road) and there is a fairly new park and ride facility across the road, with free parking for museum visitors. Ask museum staff and they will exchange your parking ticket for a voucher. You give this to the Underground staff, who will give you a ticket to exit the car park!

The museum is worth a couple of hours and has an exhibition space downstairs (We saw an exhibition of great photographs of Glasgow in the 1970's). There is also a small cinema with films of old Scottish schools and the cafe is now much improved with cakes, hot food and a gift shop. (Previously it only had vending machines)

Upstairs there are exhibits about the school and local area, Mackintosh, and typical school days with a rather scary looking headmaster model. There are three period classrooms, from the Victorian era, World War II, and the 1970's (I thought I was back at school). You will see school groups being brought in to the classrooms, trying on period costume and being taught by actors. Good fun, but you cant access these rooms whilst the children are being taught by the stern Victorian teacher, just pop by a short time later.

I have been going here for years and always found the staff helpful. Maybe not the most exciting museum in Glasgow, but it gives a good insight into what school life was like in the past, and like all Glasgow Museums -it is free.

Thank prvnipivni
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

If you're a Charles Rennie mcIntosh fan, you'll love this place. Not quite on a par with the Art School in Renfrew Street, but the architecture in here will still make your jaw drop. It still smells like a school - brilliant! - the memories will come flooding back, no matter what decade you were a pupil, or what school you attended. When we were there, there was a fabulous (but temporary) photography exhibition on, which in itself was worth the visit, though I'm not sure what will be shown in the space when that finishes. Loved the classrooms, cloakroom / peg rooms, and some of the exhibits. Probably not the most exciting place to take the kids, as by comparison to other venues, theres few interactive displays to keep them amused. As a couple, though, it was a pleasant afternoon spent meandering through the building oohing and aahhing. Great wee cafe too. Only criticism is that the rear of the school (outside in the old playgrounds), which is accessible to the public, has been left to rot - its a mess, and the back of the building is in dire need of repair. I hope the council dont let this beautiful building fall apart - it would be such a shame to lose it.

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Reviewed 30 July 2011

The Sheilds rd subway is across the road very handy.

Interesting museum and well worth a visit to see how things were done in years and years gone by. Helpful and friendly staff too.

2  Thank Kirsteen P
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

after having visited Scotland st school with a group of Brownies on the 4th june i would advise people to give this place a miss. we left as we felt that we were not welcome in the building. even wen it was a school i bet the children were not treated the way we were yesterday. the girls were supposed to have taken a lot of memories. they did take memories from scotland st but not the sort we hoped. SCOTLAND ST? THANKS BUT NO THANKS!!!

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