The Museum of Piping
The Museum of Piping
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
See and Hear the Heritage of the Great Highland Bagpipe at the National Piping Centre. The Museum of Piping at The National Piping Centre holds three hundred years of piping heritage. Consisting of artefacts from the rich collections of National Museums of Scotland, this is the most authoritative display of its kind anywhere in the world. An outstanding item is the chanter of Iain Dall (Blind John) MacKay, the oldest surviving chanter of the Highland bagpipe anywhere in the world. The exhibition also shows bagpipes from Lowland Scotland and other parts of the British Isles, as well as from mainland Europe. The exhibition also features displays on bagpipe manufacture and the printing of pipe music. A fascinating film on the history, culture and music of the bagpipe completes the exhibition.
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drrobincompton
Toronto, Canada25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It is a very small museum with some interesting information regarding bagpipes. There were examples of different types of bagpipes from different countries. It only took us less than an half hour to see everything. we did llke it.
Written 1 September 2023
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Kathleen V
Portland, Oregon199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This was my 2nd visit to The Piping Centre, and it did not disappoint. Calum, our guide, was full of interesting information and stories. You could tell he loved his job! The museum is very small so our group of 16 was a bit crowded. Note that there are no chairs or benches, which made it challenging for some for an hour-long tour. Many of us ended up sitting on the floor, which Calum said was fine. Towards the end, everyone got to try the bagpipes. Calum was an excellent teacher, coach and director. It ended up being one of the highlights of our small tour. Probably not good for very young children.
Written 20 June 2023
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dkonbest
Spokane Valley, WA49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The museum is small but so well done, if you have an interest in bagpipes, I recommend it. Especially want to thank the two delightful young men at the main desk who were so helpful, friendly and personable and shared lots of information. Wish I had their names but we were there Tuesday May 23, a party of four Americans. Not that I expect them to remember us! (We spoke to them about a young friend at home who is learning to play bagpipes.) Accessing this museum was surprisingly not too difficult following GPS/satnav. Parking a block or so away.
Written 16 June 2023
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Sam3314
Derby, UK2,089 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is a small museum but tells the history of bagpipes in Scotland and the story of the pipers. You even have a chance to try playing a chanter yourself. Worth a visit
Written 1 March 2023
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mary greenburg
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Business
I visited this museum with the hopes of learning to play my very own bag of pipes, but it turned out I didn’t need any teaching as I was a natural. I purchased my bag of pipes from Screwfix for just over £10 showing at the barrier of entry to this instrument is surprisingly low, but the reward incredibly high. It was great to go to round the museum, I didn’t learn much but that is because I don’t really read anything, not the fault of the museum at all. My favourite exhibit was the worlds smallest bagpipes, even though I had seen an earlier set in a souvenir shop located in a service station. I offered to donate my bag of pipes as they didn’t have anything quite like it, but they didn’t seem interested. oh well, all the more bag of pipes for me!
yours, sincerely,
Mary Greenburg
Written 25 January 2023
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Sheri L
Punta Gorda, FL10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Very Disappointed! Visiting from USA and staying in North Berwick. Came to Glasgow to see the Piping Center among other things. Showed up at 11 to do tour of museum and Meet the Piper session scheduled for noon according to website. Museum closed, no one knew where the person responsible was. Finally located at 11:30 (hours 9-5). No Meet the Piper because of private tour. I had even emailed because they said on website they wete limiting number of admidsuons for Covid. Return email said no longer had the limitations and we would be welcome on the date and time specified!!??? What a waste of our valuable vacation time. Get it together folks! Correct your website or take it down.
Written 24 June 2022
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Moriah M
Gainesville, FL14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
We had hoped to see the piper play, but the concert was cancelled due to the Coronavirus. We were disappointed and the kind gentleman at the desk played a little, just for us. Talked a little about what was fun to do in Glasgow, and upon learning that we were going to Stirling (his home town) he gave some recommendations for there too. We enjoyed the small museum and seeing how the pipes have changed over time and from place to place. When we came out the helpful desk attendant even gave us directions to nearby chipy that was fantastic.
Written 14 March 2020
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PRSMinnesota
Burnsville, MN21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a small museum with a 4.5 pound entry fee that was probably great for piping enthusiasts, but kind of average to me. Well organized, good historical cases with lots of pipes.
Written 26 February 2020
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GolferKen
Mount Joy, PA349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Stopped here as part of our tour and it turned out to be much better than expected. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative and patient with all questions. Provided a good history of the bagpipes and explained how they've changed and how to play them.

Also gave those interested the opportunity to try their hand at it.
Written 17 October 2019
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ycnanb
King City, Canada534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
We had a great visit here, and the group received a lot of information. The exhibition itself is only one room, and the guide rotated around the room giving info about the specific displays. At the end, the group got to attempt to play the bagpipes. It would not be appropriate for kids, as there is not enough to keep them interested.
Written 17 September 2019
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