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Open Museum at Govan shopping centre

Museums The Open Museum

Free entry

Opening hours

Day Opens Closes
Mon 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tue 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
To work with us you must telephone in advance and we will get you started.


0141 276 9300

How to borrow an Open Museum themed kit box

You can borrow a kit box if you can say yes to all of these:

  • You work with people in a health, care, community
  • You work within the Glasgow City Council boundary
  • You can collect the Kit from Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
  • You can book a friendly Introductory session

Travelling displays and special projects

We can bring a travelling display to your local shopping centre, library, community centre, care home etc. We welcome your ideas for a pop-up event or a special project.

Museum kit boxes

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
Wheelchair access
Hearing loop
Accessible toilets
Baby changing
Baby feeding
Photography and video recording

Kit store opening hours:

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

General Enquiries

  • Monday to Friday from 10am-5pm. 

British sign language introduction to the Open Museum

How to get to the Open Museum

The Open Museum is based at the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC) which is located in Nitshill in the south side of the city. 

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.

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

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The Open Museum

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

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Benny at Kelvin Hall

Benny Lynch was Scotland’s first boxing world champion. Drop in anytime between 1-3pm to see these incredible sporting artefacts, watch clips of his fight on a big screen, stay for a talk about the campaign to erect a statue in the city and even try your hand at some boxing training with our qualified instructors.

Find out more
Benny Lynch exhibition at Central station