The People's Palace and Winter Gardens in Glasgow is a museum and glasshouse situated in Glasgow Green, and was opened on 22 January 1898 by the Earl of Rosebery. It is home to a collection of objects, photographs, prints and film which give a unique view into how Glaswegians lived, worked and played in years gone by to the present day.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Founded: 1898
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United Kingdom

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Stylianos Souleimetzidis (2 months ago)
Nice wee museum to stroll around. You can learn a lot about the city and its people.
Mr. Meer (3 months ago)
Wonderful place. I'll go next time again.
Sebastian Arnold (5 months ago)
A nice place to enjoy the afternoon. There are art exhibitions and a neat greenhouse.
Charlotte McNeill (10 months ago)
A great wee afternoon out. Always an enjoyable experience and my granddaughter loves visiting as much as I do. Not only educational but a fascinating insight of how are grandparents used to live. It brings history alive.
Jason Werlinger (12 months ago)
It's always interesting to see how people of a bygone era lived and worked, and the People's Palace is a great snapshot of exactly this, but in the industrial era. The museum has an easily palatable and engaging exhibit on life as it was for the good people of Scotland only a few generations ago. The museum is good for almost all ages, and has a few hours worth of quality entertainment. Additionally, the MASSIVE greenhouse is extremely impressive, and now I have to talk my significant other out of building one of equal grandeur. If you have an hour or two to kill, you won't regret doing it here.
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