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Travel by Subway to get to the Festival of Museums

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Did you know that there are a number of museums in Glasgow that are only a short walk from a Subway station?

To help you celebrate International Museum Day and the Festival of Museums (Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May) we have compiled an at-a-glance list of the best places to visit using the Subway.

Whether your tastes lie in contemporary art or if you are fascinated by classic transport, there is a wealth of different museums in the city that you can use the Subway to take in.

Starting to the north of the River Clyde, the SPT-supported Riverside Museum is only a seven minute walk from Partick Station.

The facility, which opened in June last year, has already had over 1.4 million visitors through its doors.

The museum has over 3,000 objects to observe and has a recreated 1900s street which allows visitors to see how the Subway looked back then, with a second Subway gallery from the 1930s – both feature original Glasgow Subway carriages from the times, painstakingly restored to their former glory.

The next stop on the Subway’s Outer Circle is Kelvinhall where the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is only a five minute walk away.

Kelvingrove is one of Scotland’s most popular free attractions and has regularly been the UK’s most visited museum outside of London. It has 22 state-of-the-art galleries with 8,000 objects to view, including the jewel in its crown painting “Christ of Saint John of the Cross” by Salvador Dali.

Continuing on the Outer Circle, Hillhead Station is the next stop on the network and here you will find the Hunterian Museum

The exhibits at Scotland’s oldest public museum are recognised as a Collection of National Significance.

A few stops further will take you to Cowcaddens. A five minute walk from here is Tenement House, a beautifully maintained flat which has remained unchanged since the 1890s and is well worth a visit.

Art lovers can get off at Buchanan Street in the city centre if they want to visit the Gallery of Modern Art. This is the most visited art gallery in Scotland and its collections are housed in an 18th Century townhouse.

On the south side of the river, passengers can get off at both Shields Road and West Street to find themselves just minutes away from the iconic Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Scotland Street School Museum.

This museum tells the story of education in Scotland over a 100-year period between the late 19th and 20th Centuries.

For more information please visit the Festival of Museums website.