If someone had asked me what is the most visited museum in the UK outside of London, I would never have guessed it is in Glasgow, but it is the Kelvingrove. It is a very impressive building of red sandstone and built in a Spanish Baroque style – very impressive and very beautiful. It would be worth visiting just to admire the building with its grand central hall which includes a pipe organ. It has just recently undergone major restoration and houses what is called one of the great civic art collections in Europe. It biggest ever exhibition was on during our visit – works by a group known as “the Glasgow Boys,” featuring 140 works by this group of late 19th century artists who, while I think not classified as Impressionists, were certainly influenced by that school and featured scenes from around Glasgow and rural life in their protest against the Edinburgh art establishment. Many of their paintings are certainly in the Impressionist mode and some made us think of Monet, Renoir, etc. Photos are, of course, not allowed but their works are varied and colorful representations of Scotland’s life and character.
Admission is free except for special exhibits. Glasgow Boys exhibit admission £5, 3 for seniors, under 16 free.
Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm
The museum is one of the most visited attractions in the city; it is also the home of one of the best known pieces of religious themed artwork -
Salvador Dali’s famous Christ of St John of the Cross
It is a popular location, and has a working organ within the museum, they do concerts during the opening hours from time to time.
They have an excellent permanent collection, and the gallery does welcome some significant visiting exhibitions.
Probably Glasgows most popular museum and home to a magnificent art collection. The display also covers silver, armoury, ceramics etc. There are usually some temporary exhibits on as well as the permanent collection. Last time I was there it was a Harry Benson photo exhibit. The whole place is well worth checking out & there is plenty to see. I know I need to go back soon as I didn't see nearly everything there
entry is free
In this museum you will learn about Charles Mackintosh, a significant Scottish designer and architect from the Art Nouveau style. He designed many other buildings in the city, and so you will also learn where to find these.
The building has a number of floors with others dedicated to temporary exhibitions (see the website for current listings). It also offers access to the roof, with a fantastic view across the city of Glasgow which really should be seen.
Re-opened in July 2006, the restoration has turned this museum into a wonderful display of interesting exhibits. A spitfile hangs
precariously from the ceiling whilst Sir Roger the elephant stands out as the elephant shot whilst in musth due to lack of understanding of this male phenomenon in elephants.
Wonderful place for educating children and easily accessible too, by hoping on the sight seeing open top bus.
It is filled with hidden statues like this leapord ,a copy of one in central park given to the city by President Kennedy's father,the fountain commemorating the huge engineering project which brought fresh water to the city,and tucked away in a very large corner of the park is the excellent Kelvingrove collection.I love this park.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery holds one of the UK’s finest art. Originally intended to be a concert hall and an art school, it was opened in 1902 without features for either.
The collected works are separated into Natural History and Zoology, European Arms and Armour, Archaeology and Decorative Art.
Kelvingrove museum and art gallery as again opened to the public after being closed for sometime for refurbishment. There are many interesting exhibits, paintings and a cafateria on site and a small shop. Entry like all glasgow museums is free although donations are greatly appreicated.
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has been reopened (on tuesday 11th July 2006) after an extensive 3 year refurbishment. Located in the West of the city (next to Glasgow Unversity, Kelvinhall sports centre, Transport museum, and Kelvingrove Park) it is an interesting place to visit, and it continues to be a firm favorite with the locals - we are very proud of this building! Personally when I went back to look around, it felt like an old friend had returned home, I was in famillar surroundings, but yet each gallery room and display still managed to hold my interest.
As it has just re-opended it is rather busy during the day, my advice is go in the morning, you are more likely to enjoy the displays in relative peace. Entry is free. Opening times Monday - Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
from city centre;
First Buses - 42,16 (bus stop located on bath street, behind Suchiehall street shopping centre) 62, 9, 18 (bus stop located across from the central hotel at central station)
(from station turn left onto Dumbarton Road (main road) - walk straight along for approx 5mins)
(from station exit turn left, then turn right onto Dumbarton Road (main road) - walk straight for approx 15 - 20mins)
As the Levingrove Park was close to where I was staying, and the weather was amazing I spent some time there. And it seemed, because of the good weather, other people had the sam idea. In the evening it was packed with people.
When I went back in the morning it was being cleaned which was useful ...
The park is located on a hill and goes around it. You can easily walk thorugh or sit, relax and enjoy the views.
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