More for less: Attractions

More for less: Attractions


If you’ve exhausted the National Galleries or the National Museum of Scotland and you’re jonesing for new exhibits The Edinburgh Museums Collections Centre offers something a little bit different. A self-described ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of items, its collection is made up of items purloined from other museums around town, making it an intriguing limbo for various exhibits. Tours around the Scottish Parliament building are also free, and are a must for properly understanding Enric Miralles’ controversial work of architecture. Opening times are restricted when the government is in session so check before you visit.

Flexing your artistic muscles needn’t be a costly exercise – The Drawing Room features free monthly experimental drawing sessions in Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, while in Glasgow, The Burrell Collection’s art workshops for adults take place every Wednesday. Each two-hour class accommodates 15 people - email BurrellL& to book. The Gallery of Modern Art’s Unsettled Objects exhibition is also free until March next year, and a one-off talk on the collection is being given on Thu 18 Mar, at 6.30pm.

Checking out Glasgow’s libraries could also be worthwhile – aside from occasional author events, there are a multitude of monthly book groups at various locations around the city. See for your local one. If you like the idea of a natter but are more of a film buff than a bookworm, a Film Discussion group meets in the GFT the second Wednesday of every month, and chats about everything from art house to blockbuster. There are also free opportunities to get together and share a musical experience – The Merchant Sinfonia meets on Tuesdays on a weekly basis at City Halls, Candleriggs, and welcomes all musicians regardless of experience.

And, unless specifically stated otherwise, everything you’ve just read about won’t cost a penny.

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