Older adults

Get the most out of YOUR day! Discover activities for ages 60+ . If you’re retired and looking for new activities, why not enjoy a bit of ‘me’ time by visiting some of the fantastic attractions that Glasgow has to offer.

From creative sessions for grandparents and grandchildren in our family programme, to the loan of Open Museum reminiscence kits to Care Homes, there’s lots of opportunities for both individuals and groups. Explore the links below for more details. 

Our museum buildings are largely accessible, and most have a cafe and exciting shopping opportunities. Wheelchairs are also available on request, if required.

Memory Lane Glasgow Museums monthly Memory Café

This is a unique partnership between Alzheimer’s Scotland and Glasgow Museums that provides a supportive environment in which to meet up with others in a local museum venue for a tea, coffee and a chat.

The Memory Lane programme provides an opportunity to meet people, handle museum objects, find out about some of the Museum displays and access information and support in a relaxing setting. It’s a friendly and welcoming session for people with dementia and their carers. It is held at the Peoples Palace and Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.

To find out more about this programme or if you are interested in coming along please contact Margo Sweeney, Dementia Advisor, Alzheimers Scotland, 

Phone 0141 410 1077 Or email: msweeney@Alzscot.org

Manifesto for Age Friendly Museums
Age Friendly Museums Day is an initiative by the Age Collective. Glasgow Museums is a partner in this group, and was instumental in writing the Manifesto for Age Friendly Museums. You can read this here. ​

Care Homes – museum visits and loan kits
If you are a leader at an older people’s community group, care home or day centre, please contact your favourite museum to discuss options for a visit and how we can meet your group’s needs. Return to the main museums homepage here, and get in touch with the museums from their pages. 

If you can’t make it out to our museums, then why not have museum objects visit you? The Open Museum’s very popular loans service offer over 80 handling and reminiscence kits full of objects from Glasgow’s cherished museum collections. Find out more
Luminate Festival 
The annual Luminate Festival spotlights arts activities with, by and for older people as well as a programme for audiences and participants across the generations. Throughout October, Glasgow Museums will host numerous events, performances and workshops. Go to Luminate website

Contact the Elderly : Monthly tea parties at Glasgow Museums 
Glasgow Museums has been working with Contact the Elderly since 2006 to host tea parties for people in Glasgow over the age of 75 who may live alone, have few friends or relatives living nearby, and are interested in museums and arts. The Elderly Guests are collected from their homes, they explore the museums and meet specialist staff through a programme of talks, events and workshops. Find out more about Contact the Elderly at their own website here.
Contact the Elderly: Men in Museums
One a month, on a Sunday afternoon, we are offering men over 75 the opportunity to meet up, and explore our collections further. Download the leaflet from the related documents section or find out more about how to get involved here

Visit our Special Projects and Programmes pages to learn more about the following projects for older people: 
  • ​Age Collective 
  • Memory Walls – Museum Objects in Dementia Care Settings 
​​Go back to the main Learning page here.​ ​​​​​​​
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