Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Submitted by Bulmer Hobson on Tue, 2010-03-23

Kelvingrove has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects.

The collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally-significant. They include:

  • natural history
  • arms and armour
  • art from many art movements and periods of history, and
  • much more.

We even have a real Spitfire!

Kelvingrove welcomes families with children, and its displays have been designed with children in mind. There are lots of interactives throughout the museum that will appeal to younger audiences.

The RBS Exhibition Gallery and the community exhibition space both have a running programme of temporary exhibitions and displays.

Please note that some temporary exhibitions are subject to an entry fee.

Visitors to Kelvingrove can enjoy its cafés and shops, and make use of its Study Centre and Library to find out more about Glasgow Museums’ collections and carry out research online.

Glasgow’s showcase attraction, Kelvingrove reopens its doors on 11 July 2006 after an exciting £28M restoration project. Now with more space, there will be over 8000 objects on display. Masterpieces by Dali, Van Gogh, Monet and Botticelli will be showcased in inspiring new settings, and a unique Glasgow Style Gallery will feature the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The museum’s collections came mainly from the McLellan Galleries and from the old Kelvingrove House Museum in Kelvingrove Park. It has one of the finest collections of arms and armour in the world and a vast natural history collection. The art collection includes many outstanding European artworks, including works by the Old Masters, French Impressionists, Dutch Renaissance, Scottish Colourists and proponents of the Glasgow School.

The museum houses Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí. The copyright of this painting was bought by the curator at the time after a meeting with Dalí himself. For a period between 1993 and 2006, the painting was moved to the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is located in picturesque Kelvin Park in the popular West End of the city and is easily reached by public transport. As parking is limited at the museum we would encourage you to use public transport as far as possible.

Visitor Info

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am–5pm
Friday and Sunday 11am–5pm

Telephone: 0141 276 9599
Fax: 0141 276 9540

Website: http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/our-museums/kelvingrove/about-Kelv…

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