People’s Palace and Winter Gardens
Tel: 0141 271 2962
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am – 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am – 5pm
The People’s Palace is Glasgow’s social history museum and a chance to see the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the present.
You can see paintings, prints and photographs displayed alongside a wealth of historic artefacts, film and computer interactives.
There is: dancing and holidaying; home life during the Second World War; and a trip to the steamie to get the clothes washed. Visit the ‘single end’ and discover how a family lived in this typical one-room Glasgow tenement family home of the 1930s. See the amazing banana boots worn by Billy Connolly on stage in the 1970s. Have a look at the Glassford family portrait and find out the history of this painting of a tobacco lord and his family and why one figure was painted out. Discover the political history of the city through some of the superb and unique banners on display.
On the top floor is the Glasgow history painting series made by artist Ken Currie in 1987. The series commemorates the massacre of the Calton Weavers, which marked the birth of the trade union movement and visually presents the political history of working class struggle in the city.
Attached to the People’s Palace is the Winter Gardens, and elegant Victorian glasshouse where you can relax among the tropical plants and enjoy the café. There is a programme of temporary exhibitions and events throughout the year.
The Doulton Fountain is the largest terracotta fountain in the world, as well as the best surviving example of its kind. The fountain has been beautifully restored and relocated to the front of the People’s Palace. Find out more about the fountain from Glasgow City Council’s website.