Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

The Tenement House

An authentic time capsule of life in early 20th-century Glasgow
Household cleaning products on a shelf in the Tenement House kitchen
  • Open the door to early 20th-century Glasgow life.

  • Discover quirky items including a ball of soap, turned jet black from years of handling, and a jar of plum jam made in 1929!

  • Listen for the gentle hiss of the working gaslights.

  • Admire the original fixtures and fittings, including the coal-fired kitchen range.

  • Look out for our archive sessions and mini talks, when you can go behind the scenes to have a look at some of our hidden treasures.

Today's Opening Hours

10.00–17.00 (last entry 16.30)
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Entry prices

Young Scot
One adult family
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About this place

At first glance, the Tenement House appears to be an ordinary middle-class tenement from the late 19th century, standing in Garnethill. However, when you step inside, the faithfully restored four rooms appear as if frozen in time and provide a rare glimpse into life in Glasgow in the early 20th century.

Shorthand typist Miss Agnes Toward lived here from 1911 until 1965, and preserved her furniture and possessions with love and care. She held on to all sorts of things that most people would have thrown away, and this extensive personal archive has become a valuable time capsule for visitors today. The Tenement House also reveals what it meant to be an ‘independent woman’ at that time.

Our accreditations and awards

  • 4 Star Visitor Attraction
  • Green Tourism Silver