The Glasgow Science Centre is fairly centrally located in the city, next to the banks of the River Clyde, and offers a great family day out with science and technology presented in distinctive and inspirational ways.
The popular visitor attraction is located in the Waterfront Regeneration area on the river’s south bank, and was opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth II on 5 July 2001. Since its opening, the Science Centre has remained one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions that charges an entrance fee.
VisitScotland, the Scottish tourist board, regularly award Glasgow Science Centre a five star rating in their visitor attraction category. It gains accolades for cleanliness, displays, affordability and visitor satisfaction.
One of Scotland’s must-see visitor attractions, the Science Centre has many activities designed to engage visitors of all ages for hours on end. There are nearly two acres of interactive exhibits, workshops, shows, activities, an on-site planetarium and even the first IMAX cinema to be built in Scotland.
The Science Show Theatre at the Science Centre is home to a range of live science shows chock full of pops, flashes, whizzes and bangs. The Science Centre also has permanent exhibitions such as The Big Explorer and the Waterways. Younger visitors can also put on a puppet show and master the bubble wall.
The celestial treasure trove of the planetarium helps people see the wonder of the night sky in more clarity, and is the perfect environment for unwinding. People can get charged-up for an adventure in the Powering the Future exhibit, perfect for the whole family, and showing just how energy is generated, transformed, stored and transmitted. It tells the whole story of energy that we use today – find out what goes on behind the power switch!
Glasgow Science Centre is located in the wider Pacific Quay area of the city, and as a result is near to the host of media centres that form Glasgow’s Digital Media Quarter. The area is a development initiative from Scottish Enterprise which is only set to grow with the opening of the STV headquarters in 2006 and broadcast programming from BBC Pacific Quay in 2004. The increasing number of digital facilities like these, along with the futuristic vision of the Science Centre buildings means that Glasgow is now firmly on the map when it comes to TV programmes being filmed in the area.
In fact, one such show on the CBeebies channel, Nina and the Neurons, features its title character as a neuroscientist who works at Glasgow Science Centre.
Great for a family day out, or to brush up on science skills, there is a lovely cafe onsite that stocks an array of hot and cold Scottish produce throughout the year. As the centre is quite large, it can get quite tiring walking around exploring all day, so the café is the perfect place to relax and unwind.