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Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Summerlee, the museum of Scottish industrial life - in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire - is a VisitScotland '4 Star' visitor attraction and 'Best Working Attraction' award-winner!

Summerlee Museum Of Scottish Industrial Life

About Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

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Summerlee's 22 acres are based around the site of the 19th Century Summerlee Ironworks, a fore-runner in the use of the innovative hot-blast iron smelting process that led Coatbridge to fame and fortune as Scotland's 'Iron Burgh'.

With some 150,000 visitors a year, the museum is now one of Scotland's leading 'free-to-enter' attractions.

Summerlee's main features are:

• A huge under-cover exhibition hall, with a variety of interactive exhibits, 'hands on' activities for children and working machinery to view.

• Re-created adit mine and miners' cottages. Guides take small groups down the mine, which is entered by a sloping track rather than a shaft. The cottages show the domestic side of their lives from the 1840s to the 1980s.

• An electric tramway gives rides on restored modern and Edwardian tramcars. A modest fee gives all-day rides (Discounted for children).

• The 'Photomedia Workshop'. A brand-new community resource for the creative development of photographic skills in both traditional film and digital media. Information on classes and exhibitions available from Summerlee on (01236) 638463.

Within the main exhibition hall there are also toilets (including baby-changing and special access), a café and a shop with a range of heritage-themed gifts, toys and books.

Upcoming Events at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Bookbug at Summerlee

Selected dates between 19th January 2024 - 20th December 2024

Discover the benefits of sharing stories, songs and rhymes with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers at Summerlee's weekly Bookbug sessions!

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Music In The Museum: Pop-Up Opera with Scottish Opera

14th June 2024

Join Scottish Opera at Summerlee Museum and experience opera on a miniature scale, with two specially-created 30 minute performances!

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Summerlee Museum Model Railway Show

15th June 2024 - 16th June 2024

The annual Summerlee Model Railway Show is being held on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June, come along and see model railway layouts, model vehicles and more!

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Music In The Museum: Strike! - An Evening of Poetry and Song Reflecting on the 1984 Miners’ Strike

19th July 2024

Step into the heart of history and journey back 40 years to the tumultuous 1984 Miners' Strike at Summerlee Museum's Music In The Museum event!

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