North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre

Free admission at this 4-star attraction


North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre


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

- Gallery and exhibition spaces            

- Talks and guided tours

- Viewing tower                                  

- North Lanarkshire's Archives collections

- Conference Room                            

- Local and family history advice and guidance

- Family learning and craft activities     

- Access to museums object collection

Gallery and exhibition spaces

Exhibitions scheduled for the Centre's main gallery include:

10 May - 16 August 2014: Pirates! Fact and Fiction

A fun filled family exhibition which will take you on a journey through pirate history, film and literature.

30 August - 8 November 2014: Made in Scotland

Experience what makes Scotland the country it is today in this exhibition about Scottish identity and family history.

22 November 2014 - 31 January 2015: The Stories of Cinderella

This exhibition will tell the various stories of Cinderella through pictures, costume, music and film, looking at the various ways the story has been told in music, ballet and theatre.

14 February - 4 April 2015: We've Come a Long Way

An exhibition exploring the issues and perceptions of old age.


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. This development is expected to be open by winter 2014.

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.

Please contact the Collections & Exhibitions Manager for more information: 01236 856 371

Conference Room

For meetings with a difference, consider our conference room. Audio-visual facilities and a choice of seating arrangements are available. Catering and Wi-Fi access can be arranged. Contact us at 01698 274590 for more details.

Educational Activities

The Centre provides a range of workshops for nursery classes and primary schools and offers loan boxes on various topics.

Please ask for our current What's On Schools brochure for more details or phone 01236 638 452 for more information.

Children's and Family Activities

Craft activities and events for families are run over every Saturday and school holidays from 11am-3pm. Most activities are drop-in and cost from £1.00 per activity. Don't forget, we have an enclosed garden with outdoor toys and games available in good weather.

Fun Days / Events 2014

  • Saturday, 17 May - Festival of Museums
  • Monday, 21 July - Pirate-themed fun day
  • 6 September - Doors Open Day - Behind-the-scenes tours and children's activities
  • Monday, 29 September 2014 - Scottish-themed fun day
  • October - Encounters Festival (various events throughout the month) look out for the brochure and check the website
  • Saturdays 6, 13 & 20 December - Christmas activities for children

Please call 01698 274 590 for more information.

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 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.

Talks & Tours

  • 5 June - Talk at 2pm- The Social History of North Lanarkshire
  • 6 September 2014 - Behind-the-scenes tours in archives and museums
  • 2 October - Talk at 2pm- Local history theme to be confirmed

Exhibitions tours

Our curators are available for tours of current exhibitions. Please contact 01236 856373 for more information.


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.


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


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

Opening hours

Monday-Saturday 0930-1630 (Archives Monday-Friday 0930-1630)

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