A free, award-winning museum – suitable for the whole family!
One of the things I love most about living in Glasgow is all of the amazing FREE activities there are for children. Whether it's parks or museums, there seems to be an abundance on your doorstep, which means come rain or shine, you're never left at a loose end.
This little gem of a museum could easily be overlooked by passers-by and I think one of the reasons for this lack of publicity, is the fact that it is very small. Although the museum doesn't boast grand rooms or plentiful space, for what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in points of interest.
This museum is completely free and runs on charitable donations with the money made from the fairly priced gift shop. Here you can buy toy police cars, dress up police hats and other books and memrobelia.
The museum exhibits artefacts and information from Glasgow's police force from between 1779 - 1975 and documents the progress of Britain's first police force. It also has a large section displaying the uniforms of every police force in the world, showcasing over 200 pieces.
The museum was voted 28 out of 50 in the best museum and gallery awards in The Independents 2010 review.
We were greeted by two friendly ex police men who run the museum. They were welcoming and passionate and really brought the museum to life for me and my son.
The location is a bit difficult if you have a buggy, so I would say to leave the pram at home if you have the option. However, when I found that the lift was stuck on leaving, one of the volunteers helped me to carry the pram down the stairs.
I'd say this is more of a museum for older children and adults as there is a lot to read rather than interactive activities. We still found the experience enjoyable though and as a family afternoon, there's definitely something for everyone as the staff were understanding of my son's desire to play, so he was free to run about as he pleased and was even allowed a hands on look at a police helmet.
Given that this museum is free, I would say no matter what age your child is, you should take a look and support this historical treasure.