The Glasgow Science Centre is set within Glasgow’s Clyde Waterfront Regeneration Area. The complex is in the heart of a number of media centres and close to the headquarters of BBC Scotland and Scottish Television. The Science Centre’s mission is to provide “a brighter future for Scotland through science experiences that engage, challenge and inspire,” and to “promote science and technology through thought-provoking, fun and exciting experiences, that inspire all to explore and understand the world around them.” The Centre was opened by the Queen on 5 June 2001. It consists of three main buildings – the Science Mall, Glasgow Tower and an IMAX cinema. The Science Mall is housed in a crescent-shaped building and has been described as looking like “the inverted hull of a beached ship”. Located at Princes Dock it comprises of three floors of science-related exhibits with interactive facilities. The first floor has a planetarium, and the other floors interactive features called My World of Work, Live, and BodyWorks. With wonderful views across the city, the Glasgow Tower is the tallest freely rotating tower in the world, a 110-yard-tall mast with a high viewing gallery and 523 stairs – if you want to extend your walk upwards! The IMAX cinema was the first of its kind to be built in Scotland. It seats 370 and can show 3D and 2D films. It was opened in 2000, shortly before the other two buildings. The area was formerly a cargo port, known as Prince’s Dock. The 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival, under the patronage of The Prince and Princess of Wales, spurred redevelopment with displays entitled “Railway Heritage Garden” and “Coca-Cola Roller”.
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