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“Architectural gem”

Scotland Street School Museum
Ranked #29 of 339 things to do in Glasgow
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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 12 March 2014

Macintosh was an architect well in advance of his time and this building along with his better known Glasgow College of Art is beautiful.
The museum takes you back over 100 years and has lots of active components that make it interesting for children

1  Thank dgbatlindsey
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scotlandstreetschool, Administrator at Scotland Street School Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2014

Dear dgbatlindsey,

Many thanks for you positive review of Scotland St School Museum. The building is indeed an ‘architectural gem’ and is a must for any Charles Rennie Mackintosh fan. The museum as you are aware is not just about Mackintosh but also relays the story of Scottish education from the late 19th century to the 20th century.

There are also live interpretation sessions for visitors and the dates can be found here: http://tiny.cc/mce5dx ( I have shortened the address for this reply)

We look forward to you returning to the museum for another visit in the near future.

Best regards

John Irwin
Administrator
Glasgow Museums

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Reviewed 21 February 2014 via mobile

Was really looking forward to visiting here but found it to be a big let down. Went with my 2 boys (13 and 10) and my gran and got there fine with a car park across the road. When we went in the layout was quite confusing, many rooms were closed, as we wandered around we saw staff but none made any attempt to talk to us or ask if we needed help (despite us clearly not being sure where we were going) and they were unapproachable. It felt as though we were intruding on their space rather than visiting. The old classrooms looked good and were well done but there was little information in them. We saw a couple of school classes visiting and they seemed to be having an enjoyable time with activities being provided for them. There were no activities available for visitors when we went and I would suggest that if you are going to visit it you do it when they have an activity on because I'm sure we would have enjoyed that far better. The whole family was bored and we were out of there within an hour (with toilet and gift shop trips). The lady in the gift shop was lovely but the merchandise was very generic. If you like architecture it was an absolutely beautiful building.

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Reviewed 1 February 2014

I came for a winter visit to my home town ,and for the first time i visited your beautiful muséum , what a great place inside and out . I really enjoyed it ,from the Mum taking her wee boy into school , to the janitor , to thechildrens songs , what memories i will be taking back to France . À spécial mention for the lovely lady in the gift shop who stayed open for me so that i could buy somethings , very rare to see that . When i was leaving the siren went off nothing serious i hope ? Really a place to visit .

1  Thank Maureen J
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

Have not looked at this building for years!
The front street view is a classic.
A red sandstone Glasgow joy.

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Reviewed 25 January 2014

A Rennie Mackintosh treasure that was a functioning school until the end of the '70s. Revel in the architecture and learn about education before and after the war. It's on the "Clockwork Orange" metro so is easy to get to and well worth half a day.

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