Scotland Street School Museum

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Scotland Street School Museum presents the history of education in Scotland as a genuine school experience. The museum, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1903 and 1906, is also an essential destination for Mackintosh enthusiasts and all those interested in the history of design. At the museum you can learn the story of Scotland Street Public School and the developments in education in Scotland through a combination of displays, audio-visuals and reconstructed and restored classrooms.

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Thursday & Saturday 10am-5pm, Friday & Sunday 11am-5pm

The museum is closed on Mondays.

Admission charges

Free. Charges may apply to some temporary exhibitions, please visit website for further details.

The three classroom reconstructions show the changing face of the schoolroom from the Victorian era through the Second World War to the classroom of the fifties and sixties. The barrel vaulted cookery room, cloakrooms, and ceramic-tiled drill hall are restored to Mackintosh's original 1906 designs. You can learn about Mackintosh's stormy working relationship with the School Board and explore in more depth his design and detailing. You can listen to and read former pupils' recollections of their schooldays. Decade by decade, their memories cover topics such as classroom discipline, evacuation and the Second World War, school attire, special activities, playground games and the changing face of the local area.

Alongside our temporary exhibition and activities programme, you can follow the interpretation and activity trail around the school or find your family's old school photograph on our education collection's database.

You can try out your design skills in the Mackintosh room on touch-screen computer and hands-on interactive displays and experience the classes of yesteryear in our 'Back to School' role playing programme. An audio-visual room has an introductory video about the school as well as showing educational and historical archive films.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Natural Sciences, Social History

Scotland Street School Museum
225 Scotland Street
G5 8QB


See the classrooms at Scotland Street School Museum online.



0141 287 0500


0141 287 0515

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