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“Met the amazing cat Oswald & coffee”

Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum
Ranked #17 of 63 things to do in Stirling
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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“Met the amazing cat Oswald & coffee”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

Often visit this museum when I am in Stirling and had a walk around the lovely gardens at the back of the place. Well worth a visit if the weather is fine.
The museum is a little gem and has some very interesting exhibitions throughout the year. Had a lovely cup of coffee in the cafe which is a great wee place with a good menu and reasonable prices. Very pleasant and helpful staff in the cafe and museum.
Met the famous Oswald the cat, who apparently does a 'meet and greet' service, but it seemed to me that all he was doing was sleeping! What a lovely boy he is.

Visited March 2014
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“A real mix of items and times”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

A great free attraction if you have an hour to spare. It'stucked just out of the way with limited parking. Paintings through to unusual fossils it is well worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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“5 Star from front to back.”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

This gem of a place has to compete with some big attractions in the area, The castle, Wallace monument, Safari Park, Bannockburn Heritage centre, Nandos !!. For shear enthusiasm and knowledge and June 's creations in the cafe it beats them all . If you are short of time to visit this beautiful part of Scotland or havent enough stamina to visit all of the aforementioned great attractions... then head to the Smith !. Its all here!!. Exhibits, Exhibitions, Experience. Friendly, knowlegable staff, free parking, free entry, once visited you will want to go back again and again, The.museum and gallery is an absolute joy to visit and my recent visit to the new museum of Liverpool was poor in comparison to this gem. Highly recommended.

Visited November 2013
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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“small but nice”
Reviewed 29 October 2013

a short walk from Stirling shopping centre this is a fascinating collection of local historical pieces and art. There are special exhibitions on selected subjects and frequent lectures and talks. The little café serves hot food and cakes/scones etc and is well worth a visit. A little gem of a place to while away an hour when visiting Stirling

Visited October 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“What a little gem”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

Visited the museum on a wet and cold afternoon but were warmly welcomed. How many places are you greeted by a lovely cat! Lots to see- very homely comfortable place. A super kids area with lots of up- to-,date activities ( visited mid October and kids area tastefully decorated for Halloween with puzzles/ word searches all themed) lots of wonderful dressing up costumes which my 3 children loved. The worlds oldest football in a display cabinet - don't get too excited about this display - interesting but plenty of other artefacts which will delight. It is a bit like a trip down memory lane- my mum was in her element! I loved the liberty pewter display cabinet- so pretty. Coffee shop good value and good choice of food and drink. Well worth a visit. Free!

Visited October 2013
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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review, 22 October 2013
It wonderful to start work in the morning and find such lovely feedback. We are so pleased your children enjoyed the puzzles and dressing up as we do.

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