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Next door to the Royal Museum, the stunning Museum of Scotland details the history of the Scottish people. From the beginning of time through present day, the history of Scotland is explained through galleries and displays in a wonderful, informative exhibition. Wander through the halls and wonder at the fossils, the ancient jewelry and artifacts. Travel back in time to the industrial revolution and the Scottish position in the British Empire. Marvel at the technological advances that have taken Scotland to modernity.
The museum of James Clerk Maxwell Foundation pays tribute to the renowned physicist through a display of many of his technical inventions and concepts. The foundation has its own museum which depicts his life and family through a series of artworks and photographs. The foundation encourages research in the fields of Physics and Physical Chemistry, supports book publishings and is also known to hold hold guest lectures. This venue also sees a host of seminars, workshops and courses related to this field.
The Observatory offers great views of the city as well as the sky from the platform and through the telescopes. Primarily a research center for astronomers, the Observatory's exhibitions include astronomy activities for everyone. Hold a meteorite, see revolving Victorian telescope domes, explore the properties of light with hands-on exhibits, and use the telescopes to explore the night sky or check the sun for spots. The Observatory is informative and accessible regardless of your prior knowledge of the constellations. As the universe is stretched out before you, the intricacies of stars, supernovas and black holes are illuminated.
Airdrie Public Observatory is one of the chief highlights of the town. It is the only observatory managed by the local astronomical association. The observatory is open to visitors only by prior request and is situated in the Airdrie Public Library. It is the smallest and the oldest of the four public observatories in the UK. It is owned by the North Lanarkshire Council and houses various interesting astronomical gears. It also hosts various events for its small community. Most of these events are also open to non-members.
The Dundee Science Centre lies in the city of Dundee in Scotland. This wonderful museum forms a part of the Scottish Science Centres Network. There are visually appealing and interactive displays found at this centre and they mostly centre upon life sciences and more specifically on senses. Some of the shows found here are MindBall, Solar System, Keyhold Surgery, etc. Often hosting school groups and birthday parties, this site is also a corporate venue.
The daily science shows at Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) offer a unique chance to see close-up, hands-on science with GSC's trained team of science communicators, running presentations on the wonders of science in our bodies and in the world around us. Each show lasts less than an hour and is free to enter if you've already purchased a ticket for the Science Mall.
The Riverside Museum and Tall Ship are two very impressive structures that catch the attention on the banks of the Clyde. An array of classic cars, old bicycles and trams meet your gaze as you enter, and there is a circa 1900 street down which you can traverse. The fun and colorful cars and other motors displayed at the museum will amuse children and the vintage transport collection is bound to make grannies and grandpas reminiscent of the golden years of transport. The street has various shops, such as a dress makers, and photographers, and even a subway station, which can be entered and explored. The museum was proud recipient of the European Museum of the Year award.
The Coats Observatory, founded by Thomas Coats in 1883 is an impressive, beautiful building, reached via the Paisley Museum. You can wander the building alone and when you are ready, you are taken up to the dome, to observe the impressive hand-cranked mechanisms that open the dome and rotate the large telescope built in 1898. From the top of the building, there is a fabulous view of Paisley Town. The historic Oakshaw Street can be seen, the Paisley Abbey, and old factories (which have now been converted into flats). It's a fascinating step back in history, and in the winter months they open the dome to visitors who want to gaze at the stars.