Museums in Scotland

From the teepee-like crannog dwellings of Perthshire, to the mist engulfed ramparts littering the Highlands, the sheer depth of Scotland's historic heritage makes it almost impossible to explore it all in it's entirety. The “land of the free” also bears a fascinating associated football history, most notably between the Celtic and Rangers football clubs – now celebrated across a number of museums in central Scotland. Insightful, diverse and full of unique insights into a regal, tumultuous and creative past, Scottish museums are now tipping the scales within several guide compilations, as Britain's foremost attractions to visit!.


Kenny DalglishScottish Football Museum, Hampden Park, Glasgow
Home to the ambitious Queen's Park F.C (Glasgow), Hampden has long held it's own as a place for record breaking heritage. In 1937, the old Hampden Park stadium had a capacity for over 183,500 people – the first to exceed 150,000 and formerly the largest stadium in the world. Hampden Park Museum contains the world's oldest associated football trophy and national football trophy, coupled with the oldest collection of F.A memorabilia dating back to the pre-1900's. Today, Hampden maintains the largest donor collections of football-related exhibits, with 14 galleries dedicated to the beautiful game. Highlights include the “Hall of Fame”, into which national players have been inducted since 2003, as well as a journey through the club strip, from 1886 to present day.


Aberdeen - Provost Ross House - flckr - roger4336Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow, Aberdeen
Running in a close third behind the dueling culture capitals Edinburgh and Glasgow; Aberdeen proffers it's own infallible share of historical heritage – much of which is centred around it's past as a key merchant/ clipper route and naval post. Adjacent to the former residence (and second oldest house in Aberdeen) of Lord Provost John Ross, the Aberdeen Maritime Museum invites visitors to commence upon a journey through Scottish seafaring history, via multi-media exhibits, interactive displays and a wealth of maritime artefacts dating back to the 1400's. Highlights include the Murchison oil platform, Russel and Company ship plans and several whaling trawlers docked upon the rear harbor.


National Museum of Scotland - flckr - fiomahaNational Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
The recent merger of the National Museum of Antiquities and the Edinburgh Royal Museum has culminated in one of the most spectacular (and quirky) array of exhibits outside of London's Science Museum. Diversified into age related quarters, the National Museum traces Scottish history from early Pictish settlement, to the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century. Many are surprised to learn of Scotland's own flourishing ship and locomotive building industries, yet the “Workshop of The World” gallery aims to educate and fascinate with exhibits such as the Ellesmere Locomotive and the John Lange lathe. From donning replica costumes synonymous with the Scottish Stuarts, to hands on scientific experiments, the National Museum is as eye-opening for kids, as it is for the adults who bring them.


Scotish Mining Museum 27-12-2008 16-17-10 - flckr - Glen BowmanThe Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange, Edinburgh
Situated just nine miles from the archaic city of Edinburgh, the Lady Victoria Colliery symbolises one of the finest surviving examples of a working mine in all Scotland. It could be categorized as more an experience than a museum, since admission includes the fascinating tour from the pit-head, to a replica underground mineshaft and coalface, replete with working actors and all the sounds and smells of a 19th Century pit. Collections include a vast array of steam driven locomotives, coal cages and tools over 150 years old.


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