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The Museum of Piping

30 - 34 McPhater Street, Glasgow G4 0HW, Scotland
+44 141 353 0220
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See and Hear the Heritage of the Great Highland Bagpipe at the National Piping Centre. The Museum of Piping at The National Piping Centre holds three hundred years of piping heritage. Consisting of artefacts from the rich collections of National Museums of Scotland, this is the most authoritative display of its kind anywhere in the world. An outstanding item is the chanter of Iain Dall (Blind John) MacKay, the oldest surviving chanter of the Highland bagpipe anywhere in the world. The exhibition also shows bagpipes from Lowland Scotland and other parts of the British Isles, as well as from mainland Europe. The exhibition also features displays on bagpipe manufacture and the printing of pipe music. A fascinating film on the history, culture and music of the bagpipe completes the exhibition.
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30 - 34 McPhater Street, Glasgow G4 0HW, Scotland
+44 141 353 0220
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We planned to visit to learn more about bagpiping from what we presumed would be the experts. We arrived to find the facility closed for no reason and the staff unsure of what was happening. When asked about being able to learn a bit more...More

Thank Eur0Canadian
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

We were staying at the Grand Central Hotel. The Museum is a short walk up the hill on the same street as the hotel. The museum consist of a single room with display cases and a video presentation. I didn't know there were highland and...More

Thank rjrobbin
Reviewed 18 July 2017

just at the top of the hill in Glasgow. For anyone who plays the pipes, this is a must visit, as probably anytime you will hear the pipes being practised and played

Thank malxmclean
Reviewed 1 July 2017

It is a very small museum but nice to know more about the history of piping. Daily lessons possible at fixed times. There is a little movie to explain the history of bagpipes. You can visit it in 30 minutes or much less!

Thank Amandine R
Reviewed 2 June 2017

Our guide was interesting, got us to try playing, explained the history. Much more to it & more interesting than we'd expected.

Thank charliebrethauer
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This small museum is not for everyone but if you are involved in piping or enjoy piping it is a great place to visit. The admission fee does include a hand held audio tour device which we found a bit awkward to use and finally...More

Thank JoyfulA2017
Reviewed 19 August 2016

To get the most out of a visit to the National Piping Centre be prepared to take a tour and listen to a lengthy discourse on the history, construction and significance of piping. The exhibits are shown in a modest-sized single room and come to...More

2  Thank Paul A
Reviewed 2 August 2016

When we visited the National Piping Centre in July, part of the exhibition was being updated and was therefore closed. However, the guy at the entrance nonetheless let us in without charge for that reason. Naturally, the exhibit available to us was rather small as...More

1  Thank Deinococc
Reviewed 11 July 2016

The museum has conducted tours with many different types of bagpipes and a guide who knows many interesting facts about bagpipes. There is a demonstration of playing and the opportunity to9 try yourself if interested. Also a lovely restaurant with good food and wine. A...More

Thank Ric L
Reviewed 3 July 2016

It is a small museum but you can take audio-guide or even without it just go and read about the history and difference between Highland and Lowland pipes. And the most pleasant thing - to try it yourself!!!

Thank liloo-19
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Having met the director in both Scotland & NZ , I am interested to know which personnel are in charge of the organisation at present.