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Low Parks Museum


Low Parks Museum, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture

Low Parks Museum is situated next to Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds, and was part of the historic Hamilton Estate. The museum is housed in a complex of nationally important buildings associated with the Hamilton family. The first is Portland House, built in 1696, as a private house for David Crawford, secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Hamilton. The second is Hamilton Palace Riding School, built in 1837 by Alexander, 10th Duke. Nearby is Hamilton Mausoleum, a monument to the 10th Duke and one of Scotland's most fascinating buildings.

Our welcoming museum, in an attractive setting, traces South Lanarkshire’s history and features early settlement and archaeology; the story of Hamilton Palace; working life and industry such as agriculture, weaving, and coalmining. Scotland’s only rifle regiment, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and its part in Scotland’s story, is another must see attraction.

Museum staff select objects to bring collections into local communities. See what the current selection is in our Curator's Choice.

With our Mezzanine café, children’s activity area – Castles and Palaces - activities for children throughout the galleries, and a great programme of events, there is plenty for everyone to see and do.

And……entry to Low Parks Museum is free.

Download the What's On at Low Parks brochure to find out what is on offer or see what is available in our Summer events at Low Parks Museum.

  • ACE children's activities

    ACE children's activities

    Find out what activities South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture are offering for children across South Lanarkshire.

  • Buildings


    Low Parks Museum is made up of buildings associated with the Dukes of Hamilton. These buildings now house a museum complex, which has been 5 star-rated by Visit Scotland.

  • Children's activities

    Children's activities

    South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture offers a vast range of activities for children, from tots to teens.

  • Contact details

    Contact details

    Contact details and opening hours for Low Parks Museum.

  • Curator's Choice

    Curator's Choice

    South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture display Curators Choice items in Low Parks Museum, Rutherglen library, Hamilton Town House library and Lanark library, explaining their importance to our local history.

  • Displays


    Low Parks museum has a number of permanent displays exploring life in South Lanarkshire and has permanent display dedicated to the Cameronian (Scottish Rifles).

  • Exhibitions, Events and Activities

    Exhibitions, Events and Activities

    Low Parks Museum (Hamilton, South Lanarkshire), has in addition to its permanent displays, two temporary display areas. Please check to see what is currently on display.

  • Lifelong Learning

    Lifelong Learning

    We offer exciting learning opportunities for people of all ages and abilities throughout South Lanarkshire.

  • Mezzanine Cafe

    Mezzanine Cafe

    Why not visit the Low Parks Museum's Mezzanine café for lunch or just coffee and cake.

  • Venue hire

    Venue hire

    Low Parks Museum is housed in beautiful and historically significant buildings which were once part of the Duke of Hamilton’s estate.

  • Weddings at Low Parks Museum

    Weddings at Low Parks Museum

    Providing a beautiful and romantic setting for your wedding day, the historic Assembly Room at Low Parks Museum, Hamilton, is the ideal venue for your special day.

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