The Open Museum

The Open Museum

Free entry

Donations welcome

You can donate at the venue or online.

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0141 276 9300

Woodhead Road, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, Glasgow, G53 7NN

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The Open Museum is Glasgow Museums’ outreach team. We take objects from the museum collections out to communities across the city, so that they can be enjoyed by everyone. In particular, we work with communities who may find it difficult to visit our museum venues.

Would you like us to be involved in your next project? We can develop workshops and offer support to make your ideas happen! We can develop projects working in partnership with communities and offer talks and activities in community venues.

Whatever your aim, be it supporting social interaction, literacy, confidence building, learning and skills development or health and wellbeing, then we would love to hear from you!

Are you planning a community event or festival? Would you like us to bring along amazing objects to inspire curiosity and conversations? We can help with that too. Please contact us to discuss your ideas about how we can work together.

If you are based in Glasgow, we have a range of free handling kits and displays which can be borrowed for use with your group.

To find out more, please contact: or phone 0141 276 9300.

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Accessible toilets

Hearing loop

If you use British Sign Language, you can watch a British sign language introduction to the Open Museum

Wheelchair access

Baby changing

Baby feeding


Photography and video recording

Free wifi

Use the Traveline Scotland journey planner to plan your visit by public transport.

By Train

GMRC is a short walk from Nitshill train station, and the path is clearly signposted. Trains run regularly between Nitshill and Glasgow Central train station every day except Sunday.

By Bus

First Bus services 10 and 57 stop near the venue.


Glasgow stories

  • Cafes
  • Canals
  • Childcare
  • Childhood
  • Cinemas
  • Evacuee Suitcase
  • General Life
  • Glasgow Coat of Arms
  • Holidays
  • Life Celebrations
  • Looking Good
  • A Night Out
  • Parks of Glasgow
  • Pub Culture
  • Schools Then and Now
  • Shipbuilding
  • Shopping
  • Tenement Life
  • Transport
  • Washday

Stories from around the world

  • Animals of the World
  • Before Chinatown
  • Games of the World
  • Pakistan
  • Travel
  • World Religions – Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism
  • World Spices

Themed kits

  • Animal Tracks
  • Archaeology
  • Big Bugs
  • Charms and Amulets
  • Crystals
  • Cycling
  • Fabric of our Society
  • Enigma
  • Folklore
  • Football
  • Fossils from the Sea
  • Medicine Chest
  • LGBT
  • Romans
  • Photography
  • Sports
  • Storyteller’s Luggage
  • Stone Age Technology
  • Visual Eyes

History kits

  • Butter Hands
  • Crofting Life
  • 50s Music
  • The Fifties
  • The Sixties
  • The Seventies
  • The Eighties
  • Golden Oldies
  • Toy Town
  • Up in Smoke
  • WW1
  • WW2

Kit store opening hours

  • Tuesdays from 10am-4pm
  • Wednesdays from 10am-4pm

Location Map


The Open Museum

Woodhead Road, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, Glasgow, G53 7NN

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Open Museum Photography Exhibition

In the 30th year of both the Open Museum and Glasgow being the European City of Culture, we invited community groups and individuals to submit photographs to create a contemporary portrait of the city by those that live in it. This visual story of the city will capture people, places and experiences from a broad range of people behind the lens. Stay tuned for news on the exhibit and the opening date.

Coming into view: Photographing Glasgow
Stuart-John Irvine: Wishing for a better normal