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
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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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  • Sam3314
    Derby, United Kingdom2,087 contributions
    A little bit of everything
    We visited this to get see Sir Roger the elephant and the rest of the collection. A nice exhibition about Charles Rennie McIntosh and interestng art work as well as a good collection of taxidermy animals. The Glasgow Boys feature heavily. A few minutes walk from Kelvinhall subway station or there are bus stops (including the sight seeing bus) right outside. Good cafe and lots of toilets. They also have foldable seats that you can use to rest. We timed it right for the organ recital which was excellent and spent some time watching this directly and then listened as we walked aorund the galleries.
    To Sam N, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5-star rating – it’s much appreciated! We're glad to hear you managed time it right to witness the organ recital, it is always a favourite of visitors!
    Written 13 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 1 March 2023
  • Canucksontheloose
    Victoria, Canada748 contributions
    Free admission to fantastic art gallery and museum
    There is something for everyone at this fantastic gallery/museum. I love the great halls where you will find eclectic displays of an old airplane suspended overhead of some large mammals like elephants and a giraffe as well as a stuffed ostrich. Another hall will have a suspension of expressive white heads overhanging a lovely split staircase, while in another hall you will hear the great vibrations of a pipe organ blasting through the room with an attentive audience looking up in awe. It's free admission and well worth the visit, with a restaurant on site, 3 shops and a coffee kiosk.
    To D K, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We hope you can visit us again soon!
    Written 13 March 2023
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    Visited July 2022
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Kat
    Gourock, United Kingdom591 contributions
    Kelvingrove Museum & Gallery
    I just love this iconic building . There's so much you can see & do in the art gallery/museum . Don't miss the daily organ recital at 1PM . For the general museum and art gallery the entrance is free, ....there is a charge for any special exhibitions. ....... but any donations are greatly appreciated . There's a coffee shop serving drinks /light snacks/cakes & pastries throughout the day and a gift shop with a wide variety of merchandise . An ideal way to spend a rainy day in Glasgow ....or any other dat as well .
    To Kathleen M, thank you for your wonderful 5-star review of the art gallery & museum. We hope to see you again soon (hopefully on a day it's not raining!).
    Written 13 March 2023
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    Visited January 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • LizardJ
    Leidschendam, The Netherlands1,005 contributions
    Magical Kelvingrove
    Kelvin grove is a magical place. The way that the classically old building has become home to so many varied exhibits is wonderful. There is something for everyone, traditional and modern. I particularly liked the way that modern questions are being added to exhibits. In the Scottish themed room there were thought provoking suggestions that the representation of Scotland in the past is not so diverse. Interesting.
    To LizardJ123, we are really grateful and appreciate you taking the time to review our museum. We're glad to hear you enjoyed our modern interpretations. We'll make sure to pass on your positive feedback to our curatorial teams. We hope you can visit the museum again soon.
    Written 13 March 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Peggy1401
    Lanark, United Kingdom94 contributions
    Exhibition with Friends
    I visited Kelvingrove Art Gallery recently with friends to view the 50 Years of Print exhibition. This was a great chance to see such a varied selection of Print over the years. There was lots of information on offer including videos and the tools etc used in the process of various forms of printing. I found the exhibition really interesting, and it gave me a better understanding of the different ways of printing.
    To Peggy1401, thank you for your review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the 50 Years of Glasgow Print Studio exhibition. It has been one of our favourites and it was a great chance to view artwork by so many different artists. Please keep an eye on our website for announcements of future exhibitions that you may also like to come and see.
    Written 13 March 2023
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    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Ray D
    Brodick, United Kingdom174 contributions
    An amazing time travel experience !
    Terry and I dropped in to visit the Fifty Years of Print exhibition. For Terry especially it was a time to reflect on the artists that she met and knew from when she was involved in the print studio. I was there merely as an observer, so I didn't have any background knowledge. That said I really enjoyed the exhibition. The different print techniques delivered a variety of artistic styles that just fascinated me. My own personal time travel experience was triggered as we browsed the concurrent photographic exhibition which depicted life in Glasgow. Every picture triggered a memory of places we'd been, things we'd done. All in all, a great afternoon 🐰
    To Ray D, thank you for visiting us at the museum and giving us a 5-star review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the Eric Watt exhibition. It has been a favourite of many of our visitors and its run in the museum has recently been extended, so we hope you choose to come back and visit us again soon!
    Written 13 March 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Karen M
    Glasgow, United Kingdom16 contributions
    Great Venue
    Ok, great venue! Staff amazing! Food perfect for venue … all fresh.. arrived around 12 ( morning time tea scones etc. no breakfast ). Service quick by the time we left people were queuing up to get in. Good sign in my opinion, family friendly.. loved the fact could have a squint round gallery after. Picked up mothers day present for mum and mother in law too “win win” Going back next week💃🫶
    To karenmO8319AM, thank you for leaving us a 5-star review. We're glad to hear you had such a positive experience in our restaurant. We will make sure to pass your kind words on to our catering team. We hope you choose to visit us again soon!
    Written 22 March 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 March 2023
  • clairesnetbook
    Belfast, United Kingdom6 contributions
    Kelvingove a must
    I felt like I was being invited into my nan's house albeit a massive grand one filled with wonderment. Because there's so much in there that's breathtaking they let the people get on with it is extraordinary and has such a positive impact on you. It was such a joy hope I will see you again.
    To Claire M, we really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a wonderful 5-star review. We're happy to hear our collection had such a positive impact on you. We hope the next time to choose to visit us will be just as positive and impactful!
    Written 22 March 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Fanni S
    1 contribution
    Free tour by volunteers
    We've got a free tour by Artie, who was the friendliest guide ever. He even had some small talk with us, and when he found out which field I am interested in most, he talked a lot about that, so he made it extra special. We could ask questions, it was such a unique and heartwarming experience.
    Hi FanniS52, thank you for leaving us a wonderful review. Our volunteer guides strive to always give a 5-star service and we are glad they management to achieve that with you. Artie is one of our most popular guides and we will make sure he receives your positive comments.
    Written 22 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 17 March 2023
  • M K
    Idaho Falls, Idaho15 contributions
    Always a must see!
    A lovely art gallery with many Pre Raphaelite paintings and MacIntosh paintings and decorative items. A wonderful and varied collection in a beautiful building. When visiting, you can feel the sense of pride and community that Glasgow has for this lovely art gallery and museum! This is an art gallery not to be missed when in Glasgow!
    To M K, thank you for your lovely review of the art gallery & museum. We're glad to hear you enjoyed our Pre-Raphaelite and Charles Rennie Mackintosh collection. They both are some of our most popular exhibits in the museum. We hope you can visit us again soon!
    Written 27 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 25 March 2023
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stevehH5458WR
London, UK136 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great art and a fabulous setting - the building is very grand. Varied selection with enough "big names" to keep the interest levels up. Great selection of Scottish art also (both painting and the inevitable Charles Rennie Mackintosh). A must see when in Glasgow for sure.
Written 24 February 2024
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Amie C
Staffordshire, UK28 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
This museum is fab and kept my two children entertained for a few hours. It has a great selection of things to see and learn about including animals, the history or Scotland and artwork. At 1pm there was an organ recital in the main hall where we timed it just right as we sat and had coffee and cake and watched the performance. The children loved it and we could have spent a bit longer there if time had allowed. Plenty of parking available too. A great find.
Written 23 February 2024
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Rob
United Kingdom30 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
I visited in Feb 2024 with my 8yo son. It was a great half-day out and we could easily have stayed for a whole day. Loads of interestings things to see, even if you're not into art.
Written 19 February 2024
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Carl K
Stoke-on-Trent, UK152 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Visiting Glasgow for the first time as a change to Edinburgh where our son lives. He came to meet us and we decided on a visit to the museum. Well worth it to be met by an organ recital. Then a great mix of art, science, weird and wonderful.
A really great experience and to top it off. FREE.
WE LOVE SCOTTISH MUSEUMS. ❤️
Written 18 February 2024
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Neil G
7 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Amazing building with fantastic art. I would recommend the Scottish room but there is something for everyone. Highly recommended. Afterwards take the ten minute stroll to the University of Glasgow main building for a great double bill.
Written 15 February 2024
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RosieH
Glasgow, UK6 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
It is a magnificent historical structure. A museum with a well-planned layout and a vast collection of exquisite artworks. A convergence of modern art and history.
Written 10 February 2024
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To RosieH19959, thank you for leaving us a great 5-star review. We're happy to hear you found the museum well-planned and that you managed to enjoy our vast collection. We hope you are able to visit us again in the near future.
Written 18 February 2024
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Jon B
3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
A world class museum and art gallery. Perfect in all respects. Varied collection of artefacts and super art works. Highly recommend the cafe with outdoor views.
Written 5 February 2024
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To jonbA9240NT, thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review. We're glad you found the museum perfect, and that you recommend our wonderful cafe. We hope you choose to visit us again soon!
Written 18 February 2024
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Bill G
20 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
What a gem of a gallery in beautiful surroundings !! The building’s architecture itself is wondrous, and we spent around two hours there before moving on to the equally impressive Glasgow University (10-15 minute walk though “squirrel” park), but one could easily spend a whole day there.
There are scluptures, life-sized characters and animals, hundreds of paintings ranging from local Scottish painters to impressionists, cubists and every other ist !! There are Picassos, Guagin, Cezanne, Matisse, Van Gogh, Vermeer, Rodins and many, many others. There is also a very extensive history of Scotland through the ages with numerous examples of tartans, armour and weaponry, and clothing worn. There are also plentiful audio and visual accompaniments to embellish the experience.
There are plentiful buses (Argyll Street), or a 30 minute walk from the city.
Optional if the weather is fine to stroll across Kelvingrove Park and marvel at the friendliness of the multitudes of grey squirrels, before taking in the sumptuous architecture of Glasgow University.
Written 3 February 2024
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To G4057FCbillg, thank you for visiting the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit to us (and the nearby University). Thank you too for leaving us an excellent 5-star rating. We hope you will visit us again soon!
Written 18 February 2024
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Shannon M
Glasgow, UK2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Amazing time exploring all the different rooms. Always make it a tradition to come back here at least once a year and it never Disappoints!
Written 17 January 2024
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To Euminxnium t, thank you for leaving us a wonderful review. We're happy to hear you had an amazing day visiting the art gallery and museums. We hope your tradition continues and you can come back and visit us again very soon!
Written 18 February 2024
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Fiona S
Edinburgh, UK49 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We spent ALL DAY here. The exhibits are absolutely fabulous and really well displayed in meaningful groupings.
The building is spacious and well looked after.
Very tasty light lunch in the basement cafe.
Written 17 January 2024
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To fionatsmith, thank you for leaving us a fantastic review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and managed to spend all day looking at our exhibits. We hope you choose to visit us again soon!
Written 18 February 2024
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