People's Palace & Winter Gardens

People's Palace & Winter Gardens
Glasgow Green, Glasgow, G40 1AT
  • Telephone 0141 276 0788
  • Opening times Palace: Tue–Thu & Sat 10am–5pm; Fri & Sun 11am–5pm; closed Mon; Winter Gardens: daily 10am–5pm.
  • Admission Free.
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  • Website www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/…
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The People's Palace is Glasgow's museum of social history, with exhibits and displays telling the story of the city from 1750 to the present, and a programme of talks and activities. Next door the Winter Gardens house a variety of exotic plants, while outdoors you can find Glasgow Green, the city's oldest park, featuring the spectacular Doulton Fountain.

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CTC Glasgow / Cycling UK Glasgow Rides

Rides List 2018 is here: 2018 Cycling UK’s vision is of a healthier, happier and cleaner world, because more people cycle. We want people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be able to cycle safely, easily and enjoyably. Cycling UK, the national cycling charity has championed the cause of cycling for well…

Sat 27 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 0788

  • 09:30 – 12:30

Sat 3 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 0788

  • 09:30 – 12:30

Sat 10 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 0788

  • 09:30 – 12:30
…and 5 more dates until 17 Mar

Easter Eggstravaganza

Easter Egg Decorating The Buttercup Dairy prided itself on having the most beautiful window displays to attract customers. Help us decorate our dairy in time for Easter by hand decorating mini Easter Eggs which we’ll display within the shop for the duration of the Easter holidays.

Fri 30 Mar

Free / 0141 276 0788

Sat 31 Mar

Free / 0141 276 0788

Highlight Tours

Do you have a group interested in visiting the Palace? We can offer a tailored highlight tour based around the social history of Glasgow. Please contact us for more information on times and availability.  Book in advance

Tue 23 Jan

Free / 0141 276 0788

Wed 24 Jan

Free / 0141 276 0788

Thu 25 Jan

Free / 0141 276 0788

…and 34 more dates until 28 Feb

Make a Racket!

Did you know that Mary Barbour’s army as part of the Rent Strikes used football rackets as a way to warn of approaching bailiffs? To celebrate Mary Barbour this weekend come along to the Palace to make your own instrument out of found materials. Then we challenge you to play it as loud as you can!

Sat 24 Feb

Free / 0141 276 0788

Sat 10 Mar

Free / 0141 276 0788

Mid Term Madness

Get crafty this February half term in our fun, free, family workshops! Check out our social media pages for more information. Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th and Wednesday the 14th of February.

Mon 12 Feb

Free / 0141 276 0788

Tue 13 Feb

Free / 0141 276 0788

Wed 14 Feb

Free / 0141 276 0788

Mrs Mack in the Dairy

Mrs Mack will be donning her pinny and heading to the Buttercup Dairy with her selection of shop themed toys. Come and play shops and join in with the dress up! 

Sat 24 Mar

Free / 0141 276 0788

Object Handling Sessions - Hands on at the Palace

On Sundays, join us for us for some special, themed handling sessions. You'll be able to get up close to real museum objects and learn about the history behind them!  Drop in workshops Sundays - Check Facebook and Website for more information 

Tue 23 Jan

Free / 0141 276 0788

Wed 24 Jan

Free / 0141 276 0788

Thu 25 Jan

Free / 0141 276 0788

…and 34 more dates until 28 Feb

Spring Sprung

Using tissue paper and collage materials, get ready for spring and take inspiration from our ceramic vases to create a floral design  celebratimg nature's reawakening!

Sat 17 Mar

Free / 0141 276 0788

Stained Glass Shops

The beautiful stained glass windows in the Buttercup Dairy helped draw in customers. Create your own  Buttercup inspired stained glass shop window to take home with you.

Sat 3 Feb

Free / 0141 276 0788

"Who's a pretty boy then?"

Can you spot the parrot in the Glassford family portrait? Parrots in paintings were often a symbol of the exotic. Try creating your own colourful exotic bird with tissue paper and feathers in our workshop!

Sat 27 Jan

Free / 0141 276 0788

The Year of the Dog

2018 is the Chinese year of the Dog, so to celebrate, we're taking inspiration from our own Glasgow Dogs and Wally Dugs displays to make some fabulous Chinese themed dog pictures!

Sat 17 Feb

Free / 0141 276 0788

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2 Apr 2009

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1. irish cheddar15 Feb 2011, 12:31am1 star People's Palace & Winter Gardens Report

The exhibits are extremely limited. In short, filled with old tat which could easily be picked up nearby at the local barrows. I was hoping to see a bit of nostalgia in the form of old Glasgow newspapers, old chocolate bars, old coins and items from the pantry that would bring back memories. A box of tampax on display was certainly not what I expected from a family exhibit and hardly nostalgic.

Glasgow is well known for it's old music halls and theatres...The Panopticon/Britannia Music Hall, Theatre Royal, Alhambra, Metropole and yet all these well known, wonderful venues are not mentioned. There is however, excellent footage of Barrowland dancing but it only lasts two minutes and then replaced with a boring dancing duo. Come to think of it, where are all the wonderful black and white films on typical Glasgow life which show tenement life in general. There are huge amounts of film available on this subject yet we seldom have the chance to see any of it.

I was most surprised that there were no exhibits from the Glasgow Empire Exhibition and the Internation Exhibition. There is a wealth of memorabilia from these significant events available which could have easily been displayed.

The main focus of the People's Palace seems to (unfairly) highlight the depth of poverty and human degradation in Glasgow, displaying Glasgow as a poverty struck cesspit and the lowest form of life. For the avoidance of doubt, there was another less impoverished side of life in Glasgow at this time.

There is a painting of Jimmy Reid, the Clydeside trade union activist taking precedence on the wall. Whilst there is little doubt he was an inspiring orator, Reid together with Billy Connolly embarrassingly supersede Rennie Mackintosh and Sir William Burrell.
Woe betide us if ''The city of culture' thinks Billy Connolly is our claim to fame!

The wonderful architecture and magnificent buildings of Glasgow are lost on this museum. In addition, the superb old Glasgow shops of that time like Pettigrew and Stephens, Copeland and Lye, Daly's, Lewis's and Hendersons are given no mention and our marvelous Art Deco cinemas have been sadly forgotten.

Overall, it is an outrageous abuse of such a lovely building and does not truly reflect the warmth and kindness of the Glasgow people or in any way show the beauty of the city.

On a practical note, the ladies toilets had no toilet rolls and the interactive exhibit telephones were absolutely filthy and broken. The cake from the cafe was hard and tasteless.

Dreary, depressing and does not really portray the reality of true Glasgow nostalgia. The exhibits were limited and the bare grocery shop and tennement house could be greatly improved

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