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Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum

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Address: 40 Albert Place | Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1786 471917
10:30 - 17:00
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The admission free Smith Art Gallery and Museum is the idealchoice for...

The admission free Smith Art Gallery and Museum is the idealchoice for exploring the rich cultural history of Stirling, Stirlingshire and the Trossachs.

Opened in 1874, at the bequest of artist Thomas Stuart Smith. This purpose built Victorian museum and art gallery houses over 40,000 objects and artworks which celebrate the people, heritage and culture, which makde Stirling the heart of Scotland.

Galleries 1 & 2: are home to our temporary exhibitions. These include the annual Summer exhibition from the Smith’s own collections.

Gallery 3: The Stirling Story

Start your Journey with pre-historic whale bones, bronze- age cists and Roman pottery.

Learn about William Wallace, King Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Independence

Discover how Scottish democracy was founded in the streets of Stirling

Find the world’s oldest football – did it really belong to Mary Queen of Scots?

Pick a Trade, learn about the 7 Incorporated Trades, the Polmaise Miners and the 1984/85 strike

What did a WWII prisoner of war Nissan hut look like inside?

Drop by the Hayes Music, shop front, do you recognise any of the records?

All the family can dress up in costume as they explore the galleries.

Colouring and brass rubbing stations for the children.

Events: The Smith runs a wide and varied event programme from children's events to talks and lectures which accompany the exhibitions on show.

Ailie’s Garden: The Building is sited within a 2 acre biodiversity garden which is perfect for picnics and to let the children burn off all their energy while trying to master some of the outdoor musical instruments.

The garden is also home to outdoor exhibits such as the Gilbert and Sullivan Gate

The Gallery Cafe: Serves light lunches and refreshments in the bright and airy Gallery 1. Booking is not required.

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Sweet little museum, featuring a walk-through of Stirling’s history. Starting with prehistoric finds and culminating with mid C20th collections, this free museum is certainly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 January 2017

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Sweet little museum, featuring a walk-through of Stirling’s history. Starting with prehistoric finds and culminating with mid C20th collections, this free museum is certainly worth visiting. We liked seeing the oldest football in the world and the 45 minute film whilst sat on old fashioned cinema seats.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Such a gem in Stirling and it's free, cosy cafe, great historical museum, beautiful surrounds, art gallery, easy walk, brilliant

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I can't believe this is free! It's a great musuem with several different areas. I think for tourists to Stirling, this would be a great starting point before visiting some of the other busier tourist attractions. This museum gives you all the history you could need on Stirling through the years. It was my favourite attraction in Stirling. The staff... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

The museum is laid out very well and easy to get around especially as there is so much information to take in. The art gallery is small but interesting to see the work by some of the local artists.

Thank Graeme H
Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Love going to visit various art exhibitions held here throughout the year. Also the cafe here is very good with lovely homemade cakes etc. Nice atmosphere for a quite coffee or lunch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

... really engaging and interesting museum - lots to see - does help if you have a local interest. A good cafe - reasonably priced. Worth a visit.

Thank Mick M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

This is a great little museum/gallery and at the grand price tag of free you can't go wrong. There's a great little treasure hunt to occupy children and the exhibits are all well presented with just the right amount of information to digest. The art exhibition that was showing when we visited was a great mix of modern and more... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

My husband and I popped into the museum for a quick hour today on a one day trip into Stirling. We found the world's oldest football and the executioner's axe particularly interesting to look at and learn about. There are also some old torture devices from the 1600's. Pretty grim! The only think we noticed was because there are lots... More 

Thank Esther M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Very simple but worthwhile visit to view the local history with exhibits ranging from prehistoric up to the 70's. Well put together and should stir a few memories.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Spent an enjoyable couple of hours here, some lovely artwork showcasing some local talent. Exhibits illustrating the history of Stirling were well displayed with good comprehensive explanations, special children's section looked great fun.

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