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Glasgow Transport Museum (Glasgow)
Member Name: senga53
Glasgow Transport Museum (Glasgow)
Advantages: IT IS FREE
I have been to the Museum of Transport in Glasgow several times, with both family and friends, and I never seem to tire of it. It is situated in the west end of Glasgow at 1 Bunhouse Road. It is directly opposite the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It is easily reached by car, underground or bus. The underground is about 5 minutes walk and the buses from the city centre stop almost outside the door.
The transport museum was opened in 1964 and has around half a million visitors per year. Entry is free and there is a car park which was free last time I was there (there was talk of the car park being made pay and display).
The museum is on two levels and there is a lift for disabled access. There are also disabled toilets.
Once inside you can see that everything is well laid out. On the ground floor you can see the old style ambulance and police cars, fire engines, cars (including a ford anglia and the original mini cooper) and caravans.
There has been a mock street built with cobbled stones which has early twentieth century cars parked on it.
You can also see the original Glasgow trams of which there are several. There are electric and horse drawn carriages, trains and steam trains.
What my grandson loved best was the mock car crash and he spent a lot of time trying to look underneath and round the back. He could not decide what had made the car crash!!!!.
Upstairs you can view the oldest pedal cycle, bicycles and penny farthings. Another thing of great interest to my grandson is the marvellous display of motor bikes.
This leads you into the Clyde room with is full of model boats and is dedicated to the shipbuilders on the Clyde. The models are fantastic and include the famous Queen Mary and the QE2. All the boats are inside glass casings.
One of my favourites is the display of prams dating back to those large prams nannies used to push. The prams go right up to present day.
Also on this floor is a cafe which is ideal for a snack. I do not think it is suitable for a meal. It is on a balcony so that you can look down onto the ground floor and see the trams etc. and this keeps the kids ammused.
There is a play area for kids. This is in fact a large square where there are small cars for the kids to play in. (free)
Before leaving it is worth taking a look in the gift shop where prices are reasonable.
The are plenty of staff around to give you any information you need. There are also guided tours which are a good idea. If it is not too busy the guides can give you access to some of the vehicles. If you go round on your own it is well marked what you can and cannot touch.
The opening hours are;- 10am - 5pm Monday - Friday
11am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday
Contact telephone number:- 0141 287 2720
Summary: GREAT FOR A RAINY DAY
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