North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre will reopen on Thursday 10 September. To prepare for a visit, please visit our Visiting North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre and Staying Safe page.

The Heritage Centre is free to visit and open Monday – Friday, 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm.

If you wish to visit the archives or local studies reading room you will need to book a free timeslot.

Plan Your Visit

This four star attraction offers visitors a range of facilities and services for an educational and fun visit.

  • Gallery and exhibition spaces
  • Viewing tower
  • North Lanarkshire’s Archives collections
  • Local and family history advice and guidance
  • Access to museums object collection
  • Free Wi-Fi available


Address: High Rd, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire ML1 3HU

How to find us

Visit for information on how to travel to North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre from your location. You’ll find us at High Rd, Motherwell, ML1 3HU.

About Us

Climb Thru Time Look out for our exciting redevelopment of the six-level tower into a permanent exhibition space where you will be able to explore the history of the Motherwell area from pre-history to the present.

The tower – a distinctive feature of the local landscape – also offers visitors a viewing platform right up and down the Clyde Valley, over to the Campsie Fells and even to Ben Lomond, if the weather permits! Fully accessible lift. Free entry.

Stairwell Gallery  – Why not exhibit your own works? Our Stairwell Gallery provides the perfect location to display your own works of art.

Archives and Local Studies – Visitors who wish to research their local or family history can do so in our friendly local history room on the first floor.

Here all are welcome to explore North Lanarkshire’s extensive historical archives collections which span from the 15th century to the present day and include poor relief records and cemetery day books.

The Local History department also holds a wide range of resources covering the areas of Motherwell, Bellshill, Shotts and Wishaw (Old Motherwell District) and offers one-to-one advice and guidance on researching your family tree.

Please ask for our more detailed Archives and Local Studies leaflets or call 01698 274590 for more information.

Curatorial Services – You can also access the museum collections which relate to Motherwell and the surrounding area and which are located within the museum store. Curators are available every Wednesday in the Heritage Centre if you have a potential object you would like to donate or if would like to view objects from the collections.

Shop – There is a small shop selling a range of books, DVDs and postcards on the local area as well as pocket money toys and sweets. Copies of photographs of old North Lanarkshire can be purchased from our Archives and Local History departments.

Refreshments – We have a small seating area with a vending machine and coffee/tea maker for visitors to use.

Accessibility – Lifts to all floors, accessible WC on the ground floor, assistance given in the search room for visitors with a visual impairment, induction loop, and free car parking at the rear of the building with three spaces for blue badge holders. If you have a query about access, please call 01698 274590 or email

Please call 01698 274 590 for more information.

Contact Us

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