Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Free Entry. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Mu​seum is Scotland's most visited free attraction.​ With 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects, the collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally-significant.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • quinny817069
    Glasgow, United Kingdom85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant!! well done Glasgow
    Its been a long time i have visited this establishment but i am glad i visited it today with family members. still magnificent and what a selection of things to see. The place was very busy with visitors and organised parties and that was at 10.30am There is plenty of space to move around and cafe and coffee facilities are there for your use..so many great things to see and no entry charge. Magic day out. well done Glasgow
    To quinny817069, thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the art gallery and museum, and we hope you can visit us again in the future.
    Written 25 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • 1991KEB
    Navarre, Florida1,546 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Stuff!
    Planes, elephants, and Dali all in one place. Then there is the floating heads. Dali was the main reason we came, and boy was it worth it. It is beautiful. The animals from butterflies to apes to elephants greeted you upon arrival as the spitfire flew above your head. The history of the Holocaust was so interesting. There was a wide variety of all kinds of art. This was a wonderful way to spend a rainy day in Glasgow.
    To 1991KEB, thank you for leaving us such a wonderful 5-star review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit, and that you managed to see the full spectrum of our collection. We hope you can visit us again soon!
    Written 10 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Reed
    Orlando, Florida2,431 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting collection!
    The Kelvingrove Museum is Glasgow is best described as “chaotic”. It’s not an art museum, it’s not a natural history museum, it’s not a science museum - it’s a little bit of everything. Items are displayed in interesting ways but telling a story of why items are grouped together isn’t always happening. The downstairs cafe is a good place for a lunch and the toilets are clean. Best part, it’s free to enter! I would recommend allowing yourself 2 hours to explore and get a good overview.
    To disneyfan131, thank you for leaving us a review. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the museum, and that you had a good experience in our cafe. We hope we will choose to visit us again in the near future.
    Written 10 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Terry W
    Hamilton, Canada148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to Kelvingrove Museum.
    Amazing place to visit. Lots of exhibits to view. Missed the organist playing the massive organ at 1pm. Great restaurant in the lower floor of the museum. Took the hop on hop off bus to get there which made it easy as the bus stop is right near the front entrance. You could spend a few hours in there viewing everything.
    To 747terryw, thank you for taking the time to leave us a wonderful 5-star review. We're glad you had an amazing time visiting the museum, though we are sad to hear you never managed to view the organ recital. It's a fan favourite! We hope you can visit us again in the future and are able to catch one of our organ recitals!
    Written 10 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Catherine O
    Suffolk, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cultural heritage visit
    This is definitely worth a visit. The building itself is beautiful, stunning architecture and inside is a wonderful fully restored organ. The displays are varied, we particularly loved the art from the impressionists to the Glasgow Boys and Rennie Mackintosh
    To catherineo32, thank you for your review and leaving us a wonderful 5-star rating. We're happy to hear found the building stunning and that you loved the artwork. We hope you can make it back in the future to visit us again.
    Written 11 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Purple H
    Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out in Glasgow
    This museum requires a full day if you want to see everything in there . There is a good split of Scottish national history along with loads of natural history . Best way to travel is via the Glasgow subway to Kelvinhall station with a few minutes walk turning left out of the station along the main road . The price of the sub way is competitive at £3.30 for a return fare . There is a large park to the rear of the museum which is great for the kids to run off steam or have a picnic if the weather is fine .
    To Purple H, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and on rating us 5-star. We're glad hear you had a great day visiting the museum and art gallery. Hopefully you choose to visit us again soon!
    Written 15 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • DunelmArts
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom1,160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quintessential Quant
    My main reason for visiting the museum was the fabulous Mary Quant exhibition. If you have an interest in fashion, it's well worth catching this V&A touring exhibition before it moves on in October. The clothes, shoes, make up and styles of the 1960's are vividly brought to life in a fun exhibition, and the films of Mary Quant talking about her life are excellent. Although there is an admission charge for Mary Quant, the rest of the museum is free, although donations are appreciated. There's a lot to see, so pick up a floor plan at the entrance to help you navigate. If you're visiting at lunchtime, there is a free organ recital at 1pm Mondays- Saturdays (3pm Sundays).
    To DunelmArts, thank you for visiting the museum and taking the time to leave us a review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to our Mary Quant exhibition, it's certainly been one of our favourite exhibitions that we have hosted! We hope you can visit us again soon!
    Written 19 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 August 2023
  • bm230199
    Sheffield, United Kingdom48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful museum with tons to see
    Fun museum with tons to do! I especially liked how many of the exhibits were politically and environmentally conscious, it's not something you see in museums often. I would recommend going early when the museum opens as it does get very busy within a few hours.
    To bm230199, thank you for leaving us a wonderful review. We're happy to hear you found our exhibits politically and environmentally conscious, as it is something we are been actively trying to improve on, so feedback such as yours is important to us! We hope you can can visit us again in the near future.
    Written 19 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 August 2023
  • 00LordNick00
    Southampton, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting this gallery and museum!
    I visited the Kelvingrove before flying out the following day, worth the visit. I saw many famous works, better dignified by suggesting the reader visits themselves! Many masters' works on display. Calm environment, people came to see the art and nothing felt rushed or pipelined - some galleries feel as though you are there to follow their defined path, not so here. You are free to explore and, unless you're on a time schedule, there's no rush. Volunteers more than happy to chat and lend a hand with navigating. Hand in unneeded bags at the storeroom for a more relaxed experience
    To 00LordNick00, thank you for taking the time to leave us a wonderful 5-star review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope you can visit us again soon!
    Written 25 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Liz L
    Ayrshire, United Kingdom88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always interesting!
    I have lived in Scotland for 22 years and visited Kelvingrove several times. This is the first time I took one of the free tours, and it so worth it. Artie showed our group around for about an hour, gave some insights into the collections and also Scotland as well. We also sang Auld Lang Syne in front of the Robert Burns picture. Once in a lifetime experience.
    Hello PensyGirl, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed the free tour provided by our volunteer guide service. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your experience and we look forward to welcoming you again at Kelvingrove. Best Wishes.
    Written 28 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
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Timscfc
Madeley, UK102 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
A real mish mash of different exhibits and exhibitions and not very inspiring - but it’s free and it gets you out of the rain so can’t complain too much . The organ recital at 1pm was totally underwhelming as well.
The transport museum was much more interesting - and its only a short walk away
Written 15 March 2020
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SWAdventures
Gateshead, UK517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Wow!
This place is simply stunning!
Being my first trip to Glasgow, obviously I turn to trip advisor for advice, and there it was, staring out at me from the screen in the top position of things to do.
It doesn't matter what your interests are, you will find something to delight you at this incredible homage to architecture, art, culture, and history. Kelvingrove Art Gallery has it all, so make sure you set aside at least a couple of hours to take it all in. The building itself is simply beautiful, from whichever way you approach it the facade draws your eye, beckoning you into its doors. Once inside you are treated to a maze of displays, all carefully brought together to please and delight the tourist. While I was there it wasn't only my eyes being treated to intricate artwork and visual perfection, my ears were in for a treat too. At 1pm, as I sat gazing upon the birds of prey, the melodic tones of organ music danced through the air. Making my way to the main hall, the acoustics vibrated through my body as a lone player sat at the magnificent organ to entertain the audience. I could have spent all day in this amazing place there was so much to see. This is a definite recommend from me for all ages, you simply can't go to Glasgow without visiting... You'll be so disappointed if you miss it.
Written 7 February 2020
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Scottishsaladdodger
Scotland34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
On a cold sleety Monday the art gallery and museum was the perfect place to spend a couple of hours. Lots of interesting things to see, and a very enjoyable organ recital to listen to. A few little kids running around screaming who perhaps should’ve been kept more in check, but if being taken to the gallery means they grow up art lovers their over-excitement will have been a small price to pay!
Written 12 February 2020
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Martin G
Leeds, UK258 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit. There’s loads of exhibits of all kinds. Animals, historic items, Egyptian stuff and lots of art.

We went on the free guided tour which was fascinating. Definitely recommend as it brings to life some of the more significant exhibits including a Salvador Dali and a Rembrandt.

We were there early and walked around museum which is t great as we don’t know what we are looking at. It would be really good for the museum to have an app which explained the pieces that you can listen to as walking around

We also listened to the daily organ recital which was excellent
Written 5 January 2020
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Foodielive
Glasgow42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
First time here in a while. The new booking system for tickets is great, there’s staff everywhere to make sure not too many people were in one room and even though it is for safety being in a quieter museum was more relaxing and easier to see everything (if a bit spooky in some rooms!) also the disabled spaces now have individual ramps at each space which is a great help! Only thing is that for safety all the benches and seats are not at use but we were not aware of this. So if you have limited mobility like myself it’s not easy to get around
Written 16 September 2020
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PeterY5
Glasgow, UK82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you are looking for an informative free place to go on those wet days, then this is well worth a visit. With free access, this museum is situated on two levels with lots of displays on various topics. From ancient bones, paintings, animals and much more, all have good descriptive details which will take you lots of time if everything is to be read.
The only downside and this applies not just to this museum but the area in general, is the parking. It can very difficult to find a space nearby, with lots of residents only parking and of the spaces that are available they are often very popular. If you are prepared to drive about for 10 or 15 minutes you will usually get something, but note most require payment at the meter. Of course several buses do pass the area and the Underground subway is about a 15 min walk away.
Written 19 January 2020
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cplatten
Surrey22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Kelvingrove is one of those places you must really want to visit to go through the hoops needed to visit at the moment.
First, you need to book a lot in advance and slots fill up quickly. Then you have to find your way in through poor signage and a road that says No Entry. It is not signposted from the way of the Subway station that now the entry is around the back. But once you figure it out you will encounter all number of unfriendly Jobsworths feeling important on high-vis tabards who do nothing but direct a few people and cars around the background and of the building. I wish I could have that job!

At the entrance I was told by one lady I could use the lift. Then at the lift entrance I was shooed out by a Jobsworth till I explained I wanted the lift. Then a conversation ensued that involved me being treated like I was 9 years old in answer to my questions. It went like this:
NO Maps
NO Shop ("nothing to do with us, it's outsourced")
NO Café (people congregate for 4 1/2 hours)
NO turning back from one-way system
NO Seats
NO Mingling

Which really = NO Fun

Add to that the fact I have a health problem which means I need to sit down frequently and we decided to leave.

I also got the feeling if it took 7 Jobsworths doing nothing at the entrances, I didn't want to encounter anymore of them as they were all so rude.

So we crossed the street to a fantastic Italian cafe where we had refreshments, sat down and mingled and then just pottered around this interesting area where noone was wearing a tabard.

As a note, other museums and historic houses are making it work in these difficult times. Visitor experience should be better considered particularly for those with disabilities.
Written 18 September 2020
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Emily
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We only had a short time to visit the museum and decided to take the free tour with Artie. We had a great overview and saw about one object in every room- you could spend many hours there. Artie was amazing. When we didn't know the Robert Burns song he was talking about, we asked him to sing it. He did, but he also danced with us in the middle of the exhibit! Make sure to go and take the tour.
Written 4 February 2020
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Robert S
Telford, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is the place to be on a breezy damp Sunday morning in Glasgow. 1 mile from the city centre you,llfind this gem of a public art gallery...one of the finest in the UK. From the stunning building itself to the eclectic array of collections, for a free entry gallery, this is superb. Kids obviously love it as there were lots of them about but they were awestruck at the exhibits, which was good! For a Glaswegian it makes me proud to have this gallery here and we try and visit when we're in glasgow for any length of time
Written 9 January 2020
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Irishlassy2014
Washington DC, DC42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Showed up at Kelvin Grove Museum just in time to take a free guided tour at 11 am by a local. The tour went at a fast pace but hit all the highlights of the museum in one hour. I knew about Glasgow as an industrial town, but learned a lot about the local arts community around the turn of the 20th century. Then I stayed to do more exploring of exhibits of interest on my own. For a small museum it packs in a lot of varied exhibits! Afterwards I stayed for a wee tea and sponge from the cafe and listened to the organ performance at 1 pm. It was a rainy day otherwise I would have spent time in the lovely park. It was my second trip to Glasgow visiting my daughter and I’m glad I finally had a chance to see the museum.
Written 31 January 2020
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