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nomadiclifeguide
We are shortly to travel to Glasgow and were wondering if any of the museums there have significant fossil collections that are worth visiting. We have done various searches but come up with very little useful information. Any help appreciated.

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ginkgo
Hi - just visited Glasgow for the first time and can encourage anyone discouraged by the old reputation of Glasgow to put that in the cabinet marked ancient history. It's a fascinating and beautiful city with much to see and do, great culture, restaurants and the like - and in the 3 days I was there I was largely made to feel very welcome (anti-English sentiment encountered 3 times sadly, but hey-ho, there you go). As for fossil collections - the Kelvingrove Museum has an interesting display. Particularly the plant fossils. This museum and gallery is superb - as a building and for what it contains (especially the art movement of the Glasgow School and the Macdonald sisters). And it's free! As for the fossils - on the plus side they are accessible and VISIBLE - try even seeing the collection in Leeds museum and you'll know what I mean: perpetual gloom to protect the non-geological collection and small dark detailed fossils behind grubby glass at heights where it is impossible to see what you are looking at). Back Kelvingrove: As you'd hope, there are displays of local and Scottish fossils - fish and plants notably, but the information with them is modest and I'd like to see clear indications of where the fossils were found. There are also mixtures of fossils I'd rather were not there - the ammonites for example, that comprise fossils from Scotland Germany and England - the latter including some slightly inferior examples from the Yorkshire coast. I would have preferred a focus on Scotland only -for example recreating a fuller faunal range of Jurassic Skye, including non-ammonites, rather than that undifferentiated and unlabelled collection of ammonites that included ammonites from southern Tethyan regions that I would not  expect be findable in Scotland. Among the plants is a superb 'tree' trunk, a giant club moss I believe' with the roots in place, on the surface of which you can see the characteristic scale like scars. However, the display doesn't (I think) then direct you to go see the fossil grove in Victoria Park - as usual Museums don't seem to encourage visitors to go search outside! Sadly I didn't learn of this grove until after I'd left.  https://geologyglasgow.org.uk/docs/017_070__fossilgroveleaflet_1466951130.pdf
Enjoy your trip - I did!
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Olenus
The Hunterian museum was good last time I went. Well worth the visit !
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nomadiclifeguide
Thank you for the help. We only have afew hours so will only have time for one i'm afraid.
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nomadiclifeguide
We visited today and i have to say ginkgo, i agree with everything that you say about the K. Thanks for the help.
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