The David Livingstone Centre will be closing at the end of the 2016 season (currently scheduled for 30 September 2016) for a short while to allow for the refurbishment of the museum. This is a very exciting opportunity, and will involve the introduction of new interpretation and displays, together with updated visitor facilities. At this present time we do not know when the museum will re-open, though it is hoped that this will be in 2019.
This birthplace museum of Livingstone’s life and work is housed in a tenement block which Livingstone and his family shared with 23 other families.
The museum is packed with items relating to Livingstone’s explorations in Africa. These include journals, letters and navigational equipment, as well as dioramas of significant events in his travels. It also gives a fascinating insight into the living and working conditions of 19th-century Scotland.
The David Livingstone Centre is set in 20 acres of parkland and gardens overlooking the River Clyde. There are plenty of woodland walks including one along the Clyde Walkway to Bothwell Castle.