IT IS the UK’s biggest science centre, it has welcomed schoolchildren and celebrities, politicians and pensioners, educators and experts from all over the world through its doors – and this week, it celebrates its 21st birthday.

Her Majesty The Queen officially opened Glasgow Science Centre on July 5, 2001, and since then it has become a much-loved part of the city.

Glasgow Times: Professor Bedlam 2005

Exhibitions and displays have come and gone (who remembers Alice in Wonderland?), others have been updated and refreshed (the sand table, the vortex cannon, and the distorting mirrors) by the in-house team of engineers who keep on top of running repairs, and the science communicators have always been on hand to help explain what’s going on.

Glasgow Times: Construction of the centre c 2001

The centre has been used for everything from fashion awards ceremonies to party political conferences, it has been visited by Royals (the Duchess of Wessex opened the Wonderland exhibition in 2006), politicians (Benazir Bhutto, Gordon Brown, amongst others) and celebrities (Anneka Rice, Heather ‘The Weather’ Reid, Liz Lochhead, Chris Hadfield….)

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There have been ground-breaking exhibits (the live autopsy table as part of Bodyworks caused a stir) and sensational science demonstrations.

Glasgow Times: Science experimentsFor most people, whether they visited the science centre on a school trip or a family day out, it has a special place in their hearts. The centre is holding a special birthday party event on July 22 - visit for details

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Our photographers have captured many magnificent science centre moments over the last 21 years – here are some of our favourites.

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What are your favourite memories of Glasgow Science Centre? What amazed and astounded you? Did your visit inspire you to go into science as a career?

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