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Low Parks Museum


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Low Parks Museum is a 4-star Visit Scotland attraction situated within the Duke of Hamilton's former estate. Three historic buildings survive within the ducal estate: Portland House, built in 1696 for David Crawford, secretary to Duke and Duchess of Hamilton; Hamilton Palace Riding School, built in 1837 by Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton and one of Scotland's most fascinating buildings, the famous Hamilton Mausoleum, with its notable echo. The Route 74 heritage walk which begins at the museum, passes this iconic monument before continuing along the Rivers Clyde and Avon to Chatelherault Country Park in the High Parks.

Our family-friendly museum traces South Lanarkshire’s history: early settlements: Hamilton Palace and the Royal Burghs; design, industry and technology, agriculture and working the land. The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Gallery reflects over 300 years of this unique regiment's story, from its Covenanting roots to disbandment in 1968 and beyond. Our elegant 18th Century Assembly room, with its original plasterwork and musicians’ gallery forms a striking centrepiece to the complex of buildings which make up the museum. With two large temporary galleries, housing a programme of changing exhibitions, we aim to ensure there is always something new to see. Round off your visit with a trip to the Mezzanine café for a light snack, a bowl of home-made soup or a tasty treat in relaxed, airy surroundings.

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  • Buildings

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    Low Parks Museum is made up of buildings associated with the Dukes of Hamilton. These buildings now house a museum complex, which has been 4 star-rated by Visit Scotland.

  • Children's activities

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

  • Contact details

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    Contact details and opening hours for Low Parks Museum.

  • Curator's Choice

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    Every three months we display Curators Choice items from our Museum collections in Rutherglen library, Hamilton Central library and Lanark library. All have a connection or story relating to those particular areas.

  • Displays

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    Low Parks museum has gallery displays exploring life in South Lanarkshire and a gallery dedicated to the story of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

  • Exhibitions, Events and Activities

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    In addition to our permanent displays, we have two temporary exhibition galleries which have varying content throughout the year.

  • Lifelong Learning

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

  • Low Parks Museum venue hire

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

  • Mezzanine Café

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

  • South Lanarkshire During Wartime

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    South Lanarkshire During Wartime, items of local history providing an insight into how local people experienced wartime

  • Weddings at Low Parks Museum

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    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.