North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre has the award-winning Technopolis interactive experience and an impressive fifth-floor viewing tower.
The main feature of the centre is the multi-media 'Technopolis' facility. This takes the visitor from the arrival of the Romans in the area, through the rise and fall of heavy industry to the present-day regeneration of the district. The use of hands on technology, with talking figures, recreated streets and foundry scenes really brings the industrial hey-day of the area to life.
For a wonderful view over the Clyde Valley, take the stairs to the viewing tower (lift available) and, on a clear day, see from Lanarkshire's Tinto Hills right down to Glasgow and beyond to Ben Lomond.
The centre also has an exhibition gallery, the focus of many fascinating shows and community projects over the year. There is also a family history research room, with skilled staff available to help researchers in the art of tracing family trees.
A small shop sells books, postcards and gifts with local heritage flavour.