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All Aboard For The Great Big Glasgow Museums Bus Tour - It's Free!


Glasgow Museums is set to enjoy an action-packed day of activities and events as part of Festival of Museums 2015.  On Saturday 16 May visitors can enjoy a dizzying array of specially planned free activities in one of five Glasgow Museums.  Afterwards families can head outside and hop on-board a beautiful vintage bus, carefully restored and maintained by the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust, for a short ride to another museum on route and some more engaging goings-on.  

Together with Museums Galleries Scotland the idea is to showcase the country’s museums and galleries.  In Glasgow the Gallery of Modern Art, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum, Scotland Street School Museum and the Burrell Collection will participate.

The raft of activities will range from joining the Scottish Crannog Centre for a spot of underwater archaeology at Kelvingrove, where little ones can also make a pendant to take home, made from bone, wood or leather to learning about how traditional skills such as carving and natural dying are used by contemporary artists in messy taster activities at GoMA.  At Riverside parents can take their little ones and step back into the past and discover the jobs our grandparents did, complete challenges and meet live characters from the past.

Schoolchildren from Knightswood Primary School were the first to snap up the opportunity to try out some of the activities that will be on offer at Scotland Street School Museum.  The fun was all themed around photography activities.  Three youngsters dressed as creatures representing the sky, sea and land in front of an animal habitat scene, with other children posing as the paparazzi ready to get snap happy capturing them on camera.  They also went on to do sunlight photography, creating negative images on special paper with random objects.

Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “In the last year more than 3 and a half million people have visited the five Glasgow Museums participating in Festival of Museums 2015.  The city’s museums offer a captivating range of displays that enable our citizens and visitors alike to learn more about a vast array of subjects, from art to transport and technology, world cultures and social history.  

“This weekend they will also be chock full of free, exciting events and activities aimed at all the family.  Whether you are a regular museum goer or are planning your first visit this weekend is the perfect time to go.  And what better way to get around the different museums in Glasgow than by hopping on board the beautifully restored vintage bus for a trip down memory lane.”     

Caroline Currie who is programming Festival of Museums; The Great Big Bus Tour activities at Scotland Street School added: “I’m often involved in organising activities that engage and excite youngsters visiting Glasgow Museums.  There are many things which are sure to fire up a child’s imagination and cameras and wildlife feature high on that list, so we’ve brought them together for a day of fun at Scotland Street.  If you’ve nothing planned for Saturday come and join us for a creative day that is sure to keep little ones snap happy.”  

Activities at GoMA, Kelvingrove, Riverside, Scotland Street and the Burrell and the quirky bus trip between the museums are free.  Activities and journeys are available from 11am to 4pm and are suitable for the whole family.  There is no need to pre-book, activities and journeys are available on a drop-in, first-come first-served basis.  For more information and the bus timetable visit

Joanne Orr, chief executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “Festival of Museums is about igniting imaginations while celebrating Scotland’s wealth of culture. There is a packed programme this year with lots of extraordinary, surprising and exciting events over three fun-filled days. So come and see what Scotland’s museums and galleries have in store for you.”

Scotland’s annual Festival of Museums is returning from Friday 15 May to Sunday 17 May 2015.  Visitors can enjoy more than 100 events at museums across Scotland, from historical re-enactments and murder mysteries, to children’s storytelling and arts and crafts sessions.  This year’s diverse programme caters for all ages – entertaining and educating kids and adults alike.  For more information visit 

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