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The Glasgow School of Art

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Address: 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 141 353 4526
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Join an hour-long 'Mackintosh at the GSA' tour to discover original...
Join an hour-long 'Mackintosh at the GSA' tour to discover original furniture, the history of the Mackintosh building and the architects life and work, from student to master designer. Examine the exterior of the Mackintosh building and uncover Mackintosh's famous designs with exclusive access to GSA's new furniture gallery. Due to the recent fire in the Mackintosh building, there will be no access to the building's interiors for the foreseeable future. Explore the rich history of The Glasgow School of Art at the 'Window on Mackintosh' Visitor Centre through artefacts from GSA's Archives and Collections, illuminating life at the School from 1845 to present day. Join GSA's City Walking Tours to explore Glasgow's creative past and present and browse designs by students, staff and alumni in the GSA Shop. The 'Window on Mackintosh' Visitor Centre and GSA Shop in the Reid building at 164 Renfrew Street are open 10Am - 4.30Pm, 7 days a week. Tours depart from the 'Window on Mackintosh' 7 days a week. Every purchase supports the School.
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Tour guides are all students who have a great deal of knowledge of MacInchtosh Rennie, as they studied in his building. Although we could not enter, because of the previous... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Tour guides are all students who have a great deal of knowledge of MacInchtosh Rennie, as they studied in his building. Although we could not enter, because of the previous damage, they had great stories to tell and informed all visitors about the history of the building, and made it fun at the same time. The weather was bad, it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Very important site for those interested in 20th C European/North American architecture -- or the history of Scotland. Our tour guide (John) is a graduate of the School and gave us deep details on the Mackintosh buliding, the architect's career & life, as well as the recent buliding across from the Mackintosh building. Please bear in mind, however, that the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My wife and I took the GSA tour on Monday, August 3, 2015. Though it was of course disappointing that the building is presently closed while reconstruction after the 2014 fire takes place, we still got much enjoyment from the tour. Our guide was a very knowledgeable printmaking student who explained well the many subtle features that Mackintosh had designed... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had a lovely guide but unfortunately we couldn't visit the interiors because of the renovation work in progress.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Wonderful tour by Alex, a student of the school. Full of information told with passion and humour. Really brought the architecture alive. School currently closed due to the fire in May 2014.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

It was an interesting and informative tour with a passionate guide, who was an architecture student at the school. At the time I visited, the school was closed because of the fire that happened last year, so we saw the outside of the building and a small museum inside the new building, together with the model of the library. It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Unfortunately the Glasgow school of Art suffered a fire, but the renovation is in progress. We took the Macintosh tour which included models of rooms, library and actual Macintosh designed furniture which was saved. We were able to see many exterior details of the school and hopefully will return to see the completed project.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

As the School of Art is still closed following the fire, the tour is in fact little more than a talk from a student, standing in the street outside, followed by a view of some furniture stored in the new building opposite. The student who accompanied the tour was interesting and well-informed but overall I felt the tour was overpriced... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My wife and I took a tour of the Glasgow School of Art to learn more about its history and influence on the architecture of Glasgow. We also learned more about Charles Rennie Mackintosh and saw original pieces of his chairs. A most impressive collection. I highly recommend visiting the school.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Great place to visit, Very informative, great experience with amazing staff. Good to see the restoration of the original building nearing completion, I will have to come back again to see it!

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