Glasgow Science Centre
50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Scotland, G51 1EA
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Listed under: Design and Technology | Planetariums | STEM | Technology | Museums | Day Trip Destinations | Science | Mathematics | ICT | Food and Nutrition | Environmental Studies | Engineering | Science Discovery Centre
What we offer
A unique day out, making learning about science a fun adventure! Interactive exhibits, live science shows & IMAX 3D cinema.
We help young people learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in an engaging and hands on way that cannot be replicated in a school environment. Science is all around us and we aim to bring that to life leaving the imagination to wonder with curiosity and a desire to learn more.
What makes us a great choice?
We have an extensive education programme, aligned with the Curriculum for Excellence, that offers presenter-led learning activities for a range of STEM topics and education levels. Visits include access to over 350 exhibits and a huge choice of interactive experiences. GSC can also visit schools with Bodyworks On Tour.
Live Science Shows P4-S2
Through audience interaction and breathtaking demos, pupils can journey through the human body, learn about space flight or investigate gravity and friction.
Our flagship Planetarium lets pupils leave Earth behind, to travel through the solar system and beyond. School can choose from a range of fulldome films or live astronomer-led shows.
Our Early Years workshops engage curious young minds through fun, hands-on activities. Workshops for older pupils encourage small groups to work together to solve a practical challenge in a laboratory setting.
My World of Work Live! P7 – S3
Skills Development Scotland’s interactive exhibits and activities aim to spark young people’s interest in STEM careers. Every My World of Work Live! experience focuses on designing, making and testing using the latest technology to engage and inspire.
Give your pupils the opportunity to gain practical lab experience from practising scientists or explore a topic in more depth by engaging with industry experts.
IMAX Films P4-S4
Cineworld and Glasgow Science Centre offer awe-inspiring educational films on Scotland’s biggest screen. Explore the wonders of planet Earth to gain a better understanding of our world, its wildlife and how we affect our environment.
Expert Events P1-S6
Our themed events throughout the year bring pupils together with researchers and industry professionals. They can take part in hands-on activities and quiz experts on their work and career path.
On Tour (P1–S4)
Our Bodyworks on Tour team travels the length and breadth of Scotland and beyond to bring interactive exhibits, activities and shows to your school. This health and wellbeing programme is supported by GlaxoSmithKline.
Accreditation and Awards
We are in the process of renewing our LOtC Quality Badge.
What is typically included?
We can tailor our experiences to meet the needs of your group by way of age, topic area and group size. Our experiences cover visits to the Science Mall (hundreds of hands on exhibits on a range of topics) and a choice of presenter-led shows, workshops or films.
Group Sizes Catered For
We cater for small groups to full schools!
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
We develop some teacher resources for both pre and post visit and these are all available on our website. We also provide all the relevant practical information for teachers before visiting to help make the visit as smooth as possible.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Yes – however if this is likely it would be greatly appreciated if you could let us know beforehand as we have signs to put up around the centre to let other visitors know this is happening.
Risk Assessment Details
A member of staff gives a short health and safety briefing to pupils and teachers on arrival.
Education Officer Information
We have a Science Learning Manager:
Call: 0141 420 5000 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visits start at £4 per child but vary dependent on size and activity type. Please don’t hesitate to contact us about various subsidies and travel grants which could be available to you and your group.Visits start at £4 per child but vary dependent on size and activity type. Please don’t hesitate to contact us about various subsidies and travel grants which could be available to you and your group.
Comfortable clothing or school uniform is useful – and anything to identify your group (as often we’ll have various groups in GSC at once).
First Aid Information
We have qualified first aiders on site.We have qualified first aiders on site.
Shop, café, dining area, packed lunch area (this will be discussed with you when you make your booking). The shop has a variety of gifts and ‘pocket money’ type items starting at under £1.00
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
GSC is fully wheelchair accessible.
Opening Hours & Information
We are open 7 days a week during summer from 10-5pm and from Weds – Sun during the winter: Weds-Fri 10-3pm, Sat-Sun 10-5pm. Please check our website for full opening hours.
All Saints Secondary"As a science teacher I am passionate about getting more students to study science and consider STEM careers. Today allowed me to share my interests with the students in a fun and educational way. Before leaving the building, I have already had hundreds of questions"All Saints Secondary"As a science teacher I am passionate about getting more students to study science and consider STEM careers. Today allowed me to share my interests with the students in a fun and educational way. Before leaving the building, I have already had hundreds of questions"
Mauchline PSEveryone loved the whole experience. Space, tables, activities and hands-on exhibits (all working!!) It was a structured day but also allowed the pupils a degree of choice and freedom. Staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
Cartvale SecondaryGSC is a fantastic resource and Cartvale Secondary is privileged to have easy access to it. Your staff are always very helpful and considerate.
We’re always happy to talk to teachers and schools/groups about how we can tailor a trip to us, or a visit to you to make the experience that you need. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call to have a chat with us about what you’re looking for and we’ll be happy to see what we can do.