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Kelvingrove is centrally located in Glasgow so just follow the tourist information signs that point towards Kelvingrove Park.
Telephone: 0141 276 9599
Website: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Prices and opening times
- Mon: 10:00am – 5:00pm
- Tue: 10:00am – 5:00pm
- Wed: 10:00am – 5:00pm
- Thu: 10:00am – 5:00pm
- Fri: 11:00am – 5:00pm
- Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
- Sun: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is free to enter at all times.
Situated in the centre of Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the focal point of the beautiful Kelvingrove Park, the 84-acre green area that was created in 1852 as a place of recreation for the city residents. The constantly changing exhibitions of the museum and art gallery are displayed across multiple different sections, and visitors can delight in displays that cover themes from modern art, animals, ancient Egypt, Scottish heritage and everything in-between.
As part of a major restoration project, the museum was extensively renovated over three years and was re-opened in 2006 with the exhibits organised into two halves; Life and Expression. The Life galleries represent natural history, human history and prehistory while the Expression galleries include the fine art collections. Both themes are staged across 22 state-of-the-art galleries which are large enough to easily take up several hours of your day.
This stunning building has been entrancing visitors to Glasgow for over 115 years since it initially opened in 1901, and from the very first moment that people step onto the marble floor of the central hall they’re captivated by the diversity of the exhibits on display. Inside this museum there are over 9000 artefacts and paintings which depict every aspect of human knowledge, from wildlife, art and literature to Glasgow’s industrial past. Designed to be informative as well as entertaining, Kelvingrove has gained a reputation for being one of the best places in Glasgow for family days out, with the bonus being that like most museums in the city there’s absolutely no fee to get in.
Kelvingrove is second only to the museums of London for the number of visitors it draws annually, with many coming to view the great art collection which is arguably one of the best in Europe. Here you will find masterpieces from Rembrandt, Renoir, Salvador Dali and others alongside antiquities from ancient Egypt and more modern works from the celebrated Glasgow designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. All in all, Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery is a must-see attraction during your time in Glasgow.