The Glasgow Police Museum
The Glasgow Police Museum is an Independent Accredited Museum set up and manned by volunteer members of The Glasgow Police Heritage Society (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation No. SC029614). The Society is not connected to Police Scotland and receives no funding from them or Glasgow City Council. It is supported entirely by public donations. Click here to view the museum’s 2020 accounts.
Entry to the museum is FREE -NO NEED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE !! and if you enjoyed your visit and wish to make a donation to ensure the survival of the museum in these difficult times, this would be appreciated.
COVID 19 – Due to the layout of the museum, ALL visitors must wear face coverings to enter. For more information regarding our anti-Covid procedures please Click Here COVID INFO
Brochure: Click here to DOWNLOAD our brochure which shows our location, opening hours and other information. Note: closing times in the brochure differ slightly from the current closing times due to our current anti-Covid procedures. The Museum closes at 4 pm for essential cleaning.
Location: The museum is situated on the first floor of 30 Bell Street, Merchant City, Glasgow, G1 1LG
SUMMER OPENING HOURS
(1 MAY – 31 OCTOBER):
Monday to Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 4 pm
HOW TO FIND US:
The Museum is situated at (First Floor), 30 Bell Street, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1LG,
opposite Merchant Square.
Press button “1/1” in Entry System at main door to enter building. Choose stairs or an elevator to the 1st. floor.
From High Street – follow the Brown Tourist Signs westwards along the left side of Bell Street and cross Albion Street. The museum is 20 metres on your left. See directional signs on litter bin and on the doors indicating the entrance foyer of 30 Bell Street.
From Trongate – Two Brown Tourist Signs on Trongate direct you northwards up either Candleriggs or Albion Street. At Bell Street follow the Brown Tourist Signs. See directional signs on litter bin and on the doors indicating the entrance to the foyer of 30 Bell Street.
From Ingram Street – Walk down Candleriggs to Bell Street, turn left then follow the Brown Tourist Sign on south (right) side for 40 metres. See directional signs on litter bin and on the doors indicating the entrance to the foyer of 30 Bell Street.
Bell Street is ONE WAY for vehicles from Candleriggs to Albion Street (eastwards). Candleriggs is also one-way southwards from Bell Street.
Vehicle parking limited to ‘Pay and Display’ bays in Bell Street and surrounding streets.
There is also a multi-storey (pay) car park in Albion Street.
DO NOT PARK ON DOUBLE YELLOW LINES OUTSIDE 30 BELL STREET (TOW AWAY ZONE!!)
Elevator from Entrance Foyer of building to 1 st. floor.
Elevator restricted to ONE PERSON (+ carer or family member) due to Covid restrictions.
The rest of the museum is one level.
Toilets available but they are not ‘disabled toilets’.
The Glasgow Police Historical Exhibition
The Glasgow Police Historical Exhibition contains artifacts and text boards which provide a historical insight into the people, events and other factors which contributed to the founding, development and progress of Britain’s first Police force, the City of Glasgow Police from 1779-1975.
The International Police Exhibition
The International Police Exhibition in the museum illustrates the spread of policing throughout the World. Over 2000 items of insignia, headgear and uniforms from every country in the World are on display. Click here to Visit the International Police Collection Website.