Glasgow's top museums with disabled access

Photo inside Riverside Museum.

Scotland’s largest city has a fascinating history, and museum curators know how to tell Glasgow’s stories in the most imaginative, and often accessible ways! Here are some of the city’s best museums listed or reviewed on Euan’s Guide right now:

Scotland Street School Museum

Photo of Scotland Street School.

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland Street School Museum is a must-see for fans of Mackintosh’s work. The museum tells the story of 100 years of Scottish education with tours including ‘Time Travellers – School Days’ and ‘Horrible Heidie’, where the school’s headmaster shows off his classrooms and corridors. You’ll also get to try writing on slates while exploring themed rooms including the cookery classroom, the Victorian classroom, and a colourful room from the 50s and 60s. The museum has lifts and a portable loop, and has disabled access information listed on Euan’s Guide.

Riverside Museum

Photo of Riverside Museum.

Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, Riverside Museum has been highly rated by disabled visitors on Euan’s Guide. The jagged zinc and glass building can be found on the banks of the River Clyde, where it holds over 3,000 objects including skateboards, vintage cars, locomotives and even a stormtrooper! One visitor loved exploring the museum and wrote:

“Absolutely fantastic for wheelchairs. Large automatic doors at entrance with level access throughout although on two levels. The lifts are among the biggest lifts I have been in. There are smaller box lifts that take you to the driver’s platform of the steam engines so you can get a train driver’s view.”

The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Photo of the Hunterian Museum.

Scotland’s oldest public museum, The Hunterian, was founded in 1807 and has been recognised as a ‘Collection of National Significance’. The collections are incredibly diverse, including objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages, Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall, and the world’s largest permanent display of the work of James McNeill Whistler! Charles Rennie Mackintosh admirers will also enjoy the ‘largest single holding’ of his work and The Mackintosh House. The museum is listed on Euan’s Guide saying:

“There is limited wheelchair access to the Hunterian Zoology Museum. A platform lift has been installed at the front door of the Graham Kerr Building which will allow visitors to access part of the Zoology Museum. Wheelchair users are advised to make an appointment to visit by contacting us by phone (0141 330 4772).”

People’s Palace Museum

Photo of People's Palace.

Located in the historic Glasgow Green, the People’s Palace Museum as its name suggests tells the story of Glasgow and its people from 1750 to the end of the 1900s. Inside you’ll find photographs, film, paintings, and interactive exhibits to give you a glimpse into Glasgwegian life in the past. The museum is listed on Euan’s Guide saying: “the museum has ramps leading up to the front and side doors, there is a lift to allow access to all floors.”

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Photo of Kelvingrove.

Another mesmerising Glasgow museum with a collection that is a ‘Recognised Collection of National Significance’, Kelvingrove has 8,000 objects from natural history and world cultures, to Scottish art and French Impressionists! One visitor who explored the galleries told us: “we particularly liked the height of the various interpretation boards as they were easy to read and even had space under them so you could wheel up close.”

Provand’s Lordship

Photo of Provand's Lordship.

Originally built as part of a hospital in 1471, Provand’s Lordship is among only 4 medieval buildings to survive in Glasgow. The “auld hoose” is furnished with 17th-century Scottish items, and behind the house is a medicinal herb garden The museum is listed on Euan’s Guide saying:

“Due to the age of the property, many visitors may struggle to reach the upper floors as there are steep, uneven stairs. However, a brief film playing at ground level shows visitors the upper floors whilst explaining the history of the house. Wheelchair access is available via the St. Nicholas garden at the rear of the property. BSL introductions are available on our website, and printed information in large print and Braille can be provided on request at the house, as well as an induction loop.”

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