We headed out for a day at the Hunterian Museum, including the Charles Rennie Mackintosh house, (world famous artist and architect from Glasgow).
Our travel there included a couple of buses, and I was in charge…I knew which ones to take…I just forgot exactly where to get off and where to catch the next one. 🙂 We managed to find our way from the city center to the museum via the subway (which was fun anyway) from the Buchanan Street station. The subway is basically an inner and outer circle, running clockwise and counterclockwise and is the third-oldest underground railway in the world. It opened in 1896!
The museum is located on the campus of the University of Glasgow (founded in 1451!!), which was very cool to see, BUT the museum is closed on Mondays, which was the day we stopped by. 🙁 Guess who was in charge of the day, including directions and getting there? Loyal blog readers will guess right away that it was me, of course! Ugh.
At this point, we decided to have a bite to eat and ended up at The Crypt, which is below The Wellington Church near the University of Glasgow. All was not lost, as we were hoping we’d be able to get to BOTH the Hunterian Museum AND the Kelvingrove Museum on the same day. Instead we just went to the latter! 🙂 It was just down the road and in a beautiful building.
The University of Glasgow behind us. The Kelvingrove Museum in front of us.
It reminded us a bit of the museum in “Night at the Museum,” with airplanes above us and animals on display all around us!
We happened upon an organ concert that had just started, so we stopped to enjoy the music and the view before checking out the galleries.
Nearby was a beautiful statue of Robert Louis Stevenson, one of my favorite authors and poets. L tried to strike a similar pose! 🙂
An exhibit about armor and weapons and another about rain forests.
There was a special area for the under-5 set, but we all found something fun in it.
A dog made out of wellies! Tea cups with feet! And a little car racing game. 🙂
Guess who? Hint: The new PBS Masterpiece Theater series. 🙂
There was also an exhibit featuring paintings by The Glasgow Boys (mostly Scottish artists with works from between the 1890’s and 1910). The one below, by E.A. Horner, was one of my favorites — The Coming of Spring, 1899.
Old modes of transportation are always interesting!