Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life

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Summerlee interprets the social and industrial history of Central Scotland, and in particular the Monklands area, formerly the ‘Iron Burgh’.

Displays feature historic machinery in daily operation as well as reconstructed domestic environments. An electric tramway provides transport round the site, giving access to a restored section of the Monkland Canal, an operating boatshop, tram depot, steam cranes, railway locomotives, an archaeological excavation of 1830’s ironworks, and a coal mine.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Monday - Sunday:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm during summer
10.00 am – 4.00 pm during winter

Admission charges

Admission free

All groups, school and nursery parties please call 01236 431261 in advance to book a visit.

Additional info

Summerlee has disabled access however some areas within the site would cause a problem due to cobbled paving. Disabled toilets are also available.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

de Rosa: Songs from Summerlee

  • 13 May 2016 7:30-9pm

History inspired rock 'n' roll in a unique setting? Yes please! Following the critically acclaimed release of 'Weem' earlier this year, de Rosa, a Scottish rock band from Bellshill, have been working with Summerlee on new music inspired by the collections held by the museum and archives and the stories of Lanarkshire's industrial past. De Rosa will be supported by and performing with the Croy Silver Band, the Scottish indie scene's brass band of choice and a band stepped in the industrial history of the area. Don't miss out on this exclusive performance of the work in progress as the band play in the museum surrounded by the objects and stories that have inspired their work.




Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life
Heritage Way

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01236 638460

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