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Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

103 Trongate | First Floor, Glasgow G1 5HD, Scotland
+44 141 552 7080
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Unforgettable and haunting

One of the best specialty museums I have seen. It is a small apartment's worth of kinetic... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
do a bit of reading before you go

was given tickets as a gift and must say we did enjoy the experience. However, it would probably... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Permanent exhibition of Eduard Bersudsky's amazing kinetic sculptures. Hundreds of carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronised light, telling the funny and tragic stories of the human spirit as it struggles against the relentless circles of life and death. Main show (45 min)- Wed-Sun 3pm, Adults£6, conc £4, children age 4-11 - free. There are additional shows during high tourist season and school hols - please check our website for details. Full show (70 min) - Sun & Thu 7pm.(Adults £8, conc £6) Advance booking by e-mail is essential
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Hours Today: 13:00 - 15:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
103 Trongate | First Floor, Glasgow G1 5HD, Scotland
City Centre
+44 141 552 7080
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Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the best specialty museums I have seen. It is a small apartment's worth of kinetic installations that are melancholic and evocative. The displays take you to a different time and place - for me, it was very Fellini-esque. You would be surprised to...More

Thank saravananmani
Reviewed 5 days ago

was given tickets as a gift and must say we did enjoy the experience. However, it would probably have been better if I had taken a bit more time to read up about it beforehand as I did get a bit fed up trying to...More

Thank christinedumbarton
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting Sharmanka is like being in a dream world. Enjoy the music, look at the figures, follow the movements, and then get another viewpoint from the shadows cast on the walls. It's strange, scary, amusing, endearing ...

Thank Kate M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our guide book recommended it and so we tried it. My husband liked it more than I did and I guess it's very clever just not my thing. It's very different.

Thank Rusby1
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Super friendly staff, knowledgable and genuinely passionate about this outstanding collection of work. It's a mesmerising look into a world where folktale, gothic and macabre surrealism meet political expression and engineering.

1  Thank claire82017
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Going to Sharmanka is a fantastic one-of-a-kind experience! Very artistic, but can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. The music and the moving sculptures tell a different kind of story and it's definitely a place worth visiting, maybe more than once. A hidden gem!

Thank Eskulapka
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We went for one of the 70 minute shows on the Thursday evening. The artist's life story is very interesting, and the pieces of art work are unique. The mechanical motions complete with the lighting and music made for a memorable evening, although it is...More

1  Thank dmathewYEG
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Difficult to describe, each mechanical exhibit comes to life with lights and music and is the work of a Russian artist who came to Glasgow to live and work. The detail in each one is amazing they are made up of everyday objects and wood...More

Thank ladybirdholly
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

My friend and I went to one of the 70 minute evening shows and absolutely loved it! Fascinating back story behind the artist's life and works! Brilliant play between the kinetic artworks and the music used the aid the storytelling! Would definitely recommend this to...More

Thank Rebecca G
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Interesting view on the work of a Russian artist that has settled in Scotland. The different pieces of artwork are all unique. The artist used a whole range of different recycled materials to make a wonderful range of puppets. It is well the £6 admission...More

Thank Shigamm
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I was at your website and I notice that the 70 and 45 min shows are not recommended for children under 12. Why is that? Is it scary?
15 April 2017|
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Response from Tatyana J | Property representative |
70minute show is just too long for under12 attention span
Is photography allowed?
16 March 2017|
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Response from Tatyana J | Property representative |
No sorry for inconvinience You ca use hundreds of pic we uploaded on Flickr