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The Museum of Piping

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Address: 30 - 34 McPhater Street, Glasgow G4 0HW, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 141 353 0220
09:00 - 17:00
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See and Hear the Heritage of the Great Highland Bagpipe at the National...

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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 August 2016
Paul A
Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 life under the expertise of the Centre guide. I felt privileged to share in such... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 work is being carried out, but we saw the rather interesting evolution of bagpipes and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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 really good interesting place to visit for special occasions.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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!!!

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

The National Piping Center is a path for those who have a passion for Bagpipes and drumming, whether as a performer or a fan. There are proper courses for this and proper lesson are given to them. The National Piping Centre is also a home to the superb Museum of Piping which includes Piping memorable belonging to Robbie Burns and... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

A fabulous building, the ambience is a treat, if you're lucky you're hear somebody piping that will have you on your feet. You'll be whirling to the skirling, and yer wee toes will be dancing. Be a wee chancer and visit the chanter!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

This is a small museum but very friendly staff and great place if you into bagpipe music. The museum also got a bagpipe, you can try. It also got interesting artifacts.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

The museum is small but there are 7 cases to go through, each advancing in time. You get to see some pretty old and rare bagpipes. There are drawers on the bottom to pull out to view more bagpipes and accessories, along with a video. The 15 minute video was so-so, more geared towards piping instruction, rather than being generally... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2015

It's not the biggest museum (actually quite small) but is interesting if you're into scottish music. There's quite a bit written on the boards so you get to know a bit of history and the variety og the pipes and all. Really liked the short film in the back of the museum and the staff is super kind as usual.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

We recently attended a Masquerade Ball here in order to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. It proved to be a good venue, just the right size for the 120 or so people who attended the event. As well as the organisers bringing in suitable musical, and professional dancing, entertainment one of the pipers associated with the museum gave an... More 

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