Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens

In a nutshell

The People's Palace is Glasgow's social history museum and presents the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the present.


Glasgow Green, Glasgow

Contact details

Tel: 0141 276 0788

Activity type

Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens details...

The Magnificent People’s Palace on Glasgow Green (The city’s oldest public park) and fronted by the magnificent Doulton Fountain is Glasgow’s social history museum and offers a chance to see the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the present. The social history of this, the second city of the Empire, is brought to life through a wealth of historic paintings, prints, photographs and artefacts, and film and interactive computer displays, giving a wonderful insight into how Glaswegians lived, worked and played over the last 250 years.  The “single end” is a faithful recreation of a typical cramped family one-bedroomed tenement flat of the 1930s and displays the living conditions of the time.

Learn the history of the trades union movement and find out about the struggles of the working class, visit a replica of a “Buttercup Dairy” shop and uncover some of the little-known story of the company’s founder who died practically penniless having given most of his wealth away in what we would now call “random acts of kindness”. Delve in to the lives of James and Jeannie Riley on the family trail and learn all about them as they lived through the Great War, he as a soldier fighting at the front and she working in the munitions industry. ”The Steamie”  depicts a small stall from one of the public bath and wash houses that were scattered across the city until the middle of the 20th century and shows how the family laundry was done by hand, before the days of launderettes and domestic washing machines, and also how it was the place to catch up on the latest news and gossip, long before Facebook and Twitter. Attached to the People’s Palace is the ever- popular Winter Gardens, an elegant Victorian glasshouse where you can relax among the tropical plants, palm trees and succulents, or take tea or lunch in the café. There is a programme of temporary exhibitions, workshops and family events throughout the year, check the website for latest details.

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