Scotland Street School Museum
225 Scotland Street
Phone: 0141 287 0500
Admission: As the Scotland Street School is part of the Glasgow Museum group, admission is free.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Friday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm.
Scotland Street School Museum portrays the history of education in Scotland as a genuine school experience.
At the museum you can learn the story of Scotland Street Public School and the developments in education in Scotland through a combination of displays, audio-visuals and reconstructed and restored classrooms. The three classroom reconstructions show the changing face of the schoolroom from the Victorian era through the Second World War to the classroom of the fifties and sixties.
You can listen to and read former pupils’ recollections of their schooldays. Decade by decade, their memories cover topics such as classroom discipline, evacuation and the Second World War, school attire, special activities, playground games and the changing face of the local area.
It is also an essential destination for Mackintosh enthusiasts and all those interested in the history of design. The museum was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1903 and 1906. The barrel vaulted cookery room, cloakrooms, and ceramic-tiled drill hall are restored to Mackintosh’s original 1906 designs. You can also learn about Mackintosh’s stormy working relationship with the School Board and explore his design and detailing in more depth.
In addition, you might also find your family’s old school photograph on our education collection’s database. And you can try out your design skills in the Mackintosh room on a touch-screen computer. Or you can experience what it was like to be in one of the classes of yesteryear in the Back to School role playing programme.