McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock

I visited our member museum McLean Museum and Art Gallery in Greenock 10 days ago and was totally gobsmacked by their collections of fine art, natural history and Egyptology. I also learned a lot about the town and its history of importing and exporting goods with a major commodity of sugar during the 17th and 18th centuries. Undoubtedly this successful trading helped fund the fine buildings and some of the objects in the museum will have been donated by merchant families involved.

The creative links team of Inverclyde Council have been working in partnership with the museum to deliver various projects and I was lucky enough to meet these innovative people and view some of their work which ranges from celebrating Gourock Pool’s 100 birthday to a tour of the streets named after destinations the local ships reached “Routes to Roots”.

I can’t encourage you enough to drop in for a visit to the museum and feel very confident there is something for every interest, but don’t take my word for it, have a look at some of the objects already digitised and online at the McLean Museum collections website, and also the recently introduced blog.

My personal favourite is Creme de Menthe by Cadell.

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