Summerlee Museum | Events

We expect the site to be very busy on the days we have events on. For a stress free visit, please plan to park elsewhere. We have limited disabled parking on site. Nearby parking can be found at the Time Capsule (ML5 1DL). Public transport can be found at Traveline Scotland.

No dogs (except registered assistance dogs) are permitted on site.

Entry is free, with small charges for some activities.

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Summerlee Museum Exhibitions


Music in the MuseumMusic in the Museum

Monday 20 May, Friday 14 June

Introducing an exciting new programme of events at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life called Music in the Museum. Join us for these monthly events which invite you to experience new musical opportunities in the unique surroundings of Scotland’s noisiest museum!

Find out what’s on.


image shows an Easter basket filled with colourful eggs, a green frog, and a snake slithering nearbyEaster at Summerlee Museum

Friday 22 March – Sunday 14 April

From Mine Tours, ZooLab experiences, LEGO challenges and more. A lot is happening at Summerlee Museum!

Find out what’s on.


Classic Car Show

Sunday 21 April, 10am – 3pm

Please note, that there is no parking on Heritage Way or the surrounding residential streets. Please use these alternatives for a stress free visit.

There will be 130 vintage vehicles on display for the classic car show at Summerlee Museum. The event is in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice, Airdrie. Admission is free but please give generously to this year’s chosen charity.

In addition will be a tombola, dancing display and a pipe band, along with all of the usual museum attractions.

Active travel routes to Summerlee

Good Journey – Getting to Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life Car-free

Alternative car parks

Time Capsule 100 Buchanan Street, Coatbridge ML5 1DL

Baird Street Car Park Baird Street Coatbridge ML5 3DH


Early May Bank Holiday Activities

Monday 6 May

More information coming soon.


May Weekend Activities

Friday 24 – Monday 27 May

More information coming soon.


Model Rail

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June

More information coming soon.


School Holiday Activities

Wednesday 26 June – Wednesday 14 August

More information coming soon.


Fair Monday

Monday 15 July

More information coming soon.


Playday 2024

Wednesday 7 August

More information coming soon.


Steam Fair

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 August

More information coming soon.


Celebrate Summerlee Museum

Monday 12 August

More information coming soon.


Meccano Society

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September

More information coming soon.


Doors Open Weekend

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September

More information coming soon.


September Weekend Activities

Friday 27 – Monday 30 September

More information coming soon.


BrickM8 LEGO Weekend

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October

More information coming soon.


October School Holiday Activities

Saturday 12 – Sunday 20 October

More information coming soon.


Christmas at Summerlee Museum

Sunday 1 – Tuesday 24 December

More information coming soon.




Every Friday, 10.30am

Discover the benefits of sharing stories, songs and rhymes with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to give them the best start in life.

Join us for weekly Bookbug sessions at 10.30am every Friday.

These are drop-in sessions so there’s no need to book in advance. However, capacity is limited and to ensure Bookbug is a fun and safe experience for everyone who comes along, we will need to shut the door once the room reaches its maximum capacity.

Bookbug is taking a break for the school Easter holidays. There will be no Bookbug sessions on 29 March, 5 April or 12 April. Bookbug sessions will resume on Friday 19 April.


Free ESOL Conversational Café

Summerlee Museum ESOL Conversational Café

Every second Saturday, 10am – 12pm

Come along for good conversation and activities to help improve your English. If you have children, they are welcome to come along with you.

Tea and coffee provided.

English speakers are encouraged to come along to help with conversation too.

Ми вітаємо Українці  у Північному Ланаркшіре.

Call us on 01236 638460 for more information.


Applebox Film Club

Summerlee Photomedia Studio

North Lanarkshire’s Arts & You team offer weekly classes for adults and children of all abilities in photography, film-making, animation and more at Summerlee Photomedia Studio.

Applebox Film Club, Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, suitable for 8 – 13 years

LEGO Animation Club, Mondays, 4pm – 5pm, suitable for 8 – 12 years

Adult All Ability Photography, Wednesdays, 1pm – 2.30pm & 2.15pm – 3.45pm, suitable for 16 years+

Local Photo Walks, every second Wednesday, 10.30am – 12pm, suitable for 16 years+

Fluidhead Film Club, Fridays, 2pm – 4pm, suitable for 15 years+

Find out more.


Kids in MuseumsTom Gates Mega Museum Challenge

Bring your family museum trip to life for free with the Tom Gates Mega Museum Challenge activity pack from Scholastic and Kids in Museums. Kids can go on their very own adventure by seeing if they can ‘Spot Ten Random Things’ from the activity sheet at the museum – from the biggest thing to the grossest! Try out some top drawing tips and tricks then take part in a Doodle Challenge.

Visit the Kids In Museums website to download now.


Hear the Mighty Compton Cinema Organ 

Live music on the Compton Cinema Organ


Hear the mighty Compton Cinema Organ played by multi-award winning musician Aaron Hawthorn. The power of the organ means you can listen while enjoying lunch in the café.

Please note, these are promenade performances, not seated.