Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow

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Scotland Street School Museum is a museum of school education in Glasgow, Scotland, in the district of Kingston. It is located in a former school designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1903 and 1906. The building is one of Glasgow's foremost architectural attractions. It is located next to the Shields Road subway station.

Mackintosh based the design of the school on Rowallan Castle in Ayrshire and Falkland Palace. The building features a pair of windowed Scottish baronial style tower staircases and a tiled Drill Hall. During the building's construction, Mackintosh frequently battled the school board about the design (the board wanted a less expensive design). The total cost for the building was £34,291, which was over budget. The school was designed for an enrolment of 1,250. However, by the 1970s the area was experiencing urban decay, and the school's enrolment fell to under 100. The school closed in 1979.

Activities and exhibits at the museum include an opportunity to participate in a Victorian classroom situation, with actor employees such as Iain Simpson and Lesley Robertson playing teachers who impose strict discipline.

The school is the subject of a 2018 documentary by Margaret Moore, Scotland Street School Remembers.
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  • We have been to many similar places to the Scotland Street School Museum and we were disappointed following our visit to this one. On arrival, we were not greeted by anyone despite there being a...  more »
  • Cold wet windy day!! Perfect trip to kill a couple of hours. Really took the wife and I back a few years to our childhood and primary days and the kids loved dressing up and seeing how school used to....  more »
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  • Really interesting. Well worth a visit. It did make me feel old as I remember using some of the exhibits when I was at school in Glasgow.
  • Staff were very helpful and friendly with the kids activities. You get free parking at the subway if you ask for a voucher when entering/leaving the museum, there is no information available for this that I could see on display. Also you need to get your ticket validated at the subway ticket office, no signage for this either.

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