Glasgow, GLG Museums
The history of the Great Highland Bagpipe is venerated here at the National Piping Centre, which is dedicated to preserving the status of Scotland most recognised instrument. The school breeds musicians of the highest calibre, making it a centre for excellence. The building in which the Centre is housed dates to 1872, and the priceless collection inside takes visitors through hundreds of years of piping.
Objects belonging to famous football players and interactive sound and video clips bring fans of footie closer to their game at the Scottish Footbal Museum. Over 2,000 objects are on display, including the world’s oldest cap and match ticket from the first international game of 1872. Current exhibitions include Planet Football, which is comprised of images of football being played around the world, and a tribute to Jimmy Johnstone, known affectionately as "Jinky".
People's Palace and Winter Gardens
Glasgow's social history museum, the People's Palace traces the history of the Glaswegian people from 1175 on. Witness the rise of the tobacco lords, who lived in lush mansions while their workers were forced to crowd into cramped "Single Ends". Also on display are photographs, drawings and film clips of the city's past, and the surrounding Winter Gardens provide a pleasant spot for a stroll.
One of Glasgow's most important museums, the Kelvingrove's collection ranges from millions-of-years-old fossils of marine life to the earliest, nearly-complete field armour, crafted in Milan in the 15th century. The century-old museum is one of Glasgow's favourite buildings, built out of sandstone in classic Victorian style. About 1,000,000 visitors view the Kelvingrove's artifacts each year.