Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1901 and is still going strong. In the UK only London museums can match its popularity. Its curious red sandstone Spanish Baroque building holds 8,000 display items and is the most popular in Glasgow.
On entering beautifully gilded ceilings and magnificent stonework greeted us. A Glasgow Squadron Spitfire suspended from the ceiling appears to swoop low over a display of exotic animals. On a balcony above us the second largest organ in Scotland struck up as a concert began. The building designed with such events in mind has acoustics among the finest.
The layout borrows from retail with the most popular displays such as ancient Egypt, the French impressionists and Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the extremities to draw people through. Art and artifacts combine to form stories that enthral the visitor.
Kids are welcome. The ground floor contains a Mini Museum, which gives them a chance to enjoy hands-on experience. The Environment Discover Centre also offers educational interactive displays. Other galleries on the ground floor include Creatures of the Past, Ancient Egypt, Glasgow Stories which could fill a museum by itself, Scotland's Wildlife, Scottish Art, Looking at Art, Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, Looking at Design and Expression. This latter is especially eye-catching and a favourite with photographers. It consists of many heads, each with a different expression, floating above sculptures.
The first floor homes the multimedia Object Cinema, the History Discovery Centre, and the Study Centre. There is a strong focus on Scottish artwork with exhibitions such as Scottish Identity in Art, Glasgow and the World, Scotland's First People, Sculpture Highlights, and Picture Promenade.
There is also a display of Italian Renaissance art including the Madonna and Child with the infant St John and two Angels, from the workshop of Pesellino. The French 19th century display includes the beautiful contributions of Monet and Vuillard and works by Rembrant appear within the Dutch painting section. Perhaps the most famous piece is Christ of St John of the Cross by Salvador Dali. It shows Christ on the Cross high above the world looking down. It is the major icon which people from all over the world visit to see.
Conflict and Consequence displays everything from the grandeur and spectacle of the cult of the warrior through to the Holocaust. Conflict is a display with armoury and weaponry spread between the battle scenes staged using armoured mannequins.
The most interesting part of the basement, which contains the restaurant and shop, is a piece between Glaswegian composer Craig Armstrong and Scottish visual artists Dalziel and Scullion, which combine sounds and imagery of Glasgow.
Rarely do you walk into a museum or gallery and find such a diverse public enjoying the history of not only such a beautiful building but also its contents. This is a testament to the successful recent restoration and updating of the museum. This Art Gallery and Museum is worth many visits, and why not - admission is free!
Its an art gallery and museum - municipally owned.
It has a generous cross section of exhibits - Salvador Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross, a stuffed elephant and a WWII Spitfire. What more could you ask for? Eclectic, for sure.
it has paintings by Monet, Van Gogh & Rembrandt too.
Entry is free, generally speaking. We were there to see a special exhibition of Vettriano paintings, and had to pay £5 per adult for that. The rest was still free.
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.
Kelvingrove Park, in the city's West End, is a lovely place to visit, if the weather permits of course! The park offers a multitude of paths for taking a pleasant stroll along, with stunning views of the University tower. There are also swings, football pitches, a pond, a beautiful fountain (all the more beautiful on the rare occasions it is switched on) and an impressive, newly added skatepark.
Kelvingrove is a favourite spot for rolling eggs and squirrel-spotting on Easter Sunday. Also, every year on Easter Sunday, thousands of bikers bring their bikes and line up on Kelvin Way, just outside of the park, before setting off on a run to the hospital (Yorkhill, I think) to take Easter Eggs to the sick children. If you're a fan of motorbikes, it's a chance to see all kinds of bikes, old and new, and even if you're not, it's still a sight worth seeing. Volunteers collect money for the hospital before the bikes set off. So you know what to do if you're in town on Easter Sunday....
Known as one of the finest civic collections in Europe, this museum contains art, historical artifacts, and a variety of natural history displays. These include items brought back from the expeditions of Captain James Cook, Charles Darwin, and other explorers.
Built of Locharbriggs sandstone, it has existed in its present form since 1902. This is the most-visited museum in the UK outside London.
Nearby is beautiful Kelvingrove Park. You can stroll the banks of the River Kelvin, for some fine views of the University.
The KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM,is the best and largest museum in Glasgow,or even in the whole United Kingdom and one of best of Europe aswell.Unfortunatelly i didn't see the inside of this nice museum because it is closed for a very big restoration,will be closed for three years and will be open again un summer of 2.006.
The most important collection on this museum,was originary all paintings left to the city by Archibald McLellan.There are also other diferents galleries as:Arms and Armour,Archealogy,Natural History,Art,Sculpture and a few more.
Apart of the museum,the building is also beautiful and is one of favorite buildings for Glasgwegians,really it looks like an european palace and it worth a visit.
Next to the main building ,don't miss a visit to Kelvingrove Park,there is also a very big area for children's playground.
This is a picture of Kelvingrove Museum.