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“Great wee history lesson”

Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum
Ranked #17 of 66 things to do in Stirling
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Love a trip to the Smith Art Gallery. Fab for all hte family and th fantastic coffee shop is an added bonus

Thank Glen1508
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

A good place to visit when you have an hour to spare. Entry is free though you can make a donation is you felt inclined to do so but it is not compulsory. A welcome greeting and explanation of what is where. The exhibits are good and clearly labelled and part of the exhibition changes from time to time. The cafe is small but a choice of coffees and snacks available. Only a short walk from the city centre on the way to the Castle so no need to pass this one by.

Thank cuillich
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

If I had to choose an alternative place to live in Scotland, then Stirling would be my choice of destination.
Visited Stirling Castle in the past but never ventured beyond the battlement walls so it was only a matter of time before finding a reason to go back to the " Gateway of the Highlands " says the travel to guide.
Museums in Scotland were born out of the Second World War, offering an insight into the cultural and historical heritage of the past.
This year the museum features a commemorative look over the Battle of Bannockburn, a bloody time when Scotland met England in armed conflict.
Seven hundred years on is a long time to remember anything and no doubt there will be those who make reference to the significance of the Scottish Referendum in September of this year with its political approach to change rather than the armoured ordeal back then, but that aside it is not just a fascinating period in our countries history but also in Europe where millions died so tragically through famine.
The Medieval Warm Period was about to end, temperatures dropped, fuelling a Little Ice Age up until 1850, although experts are inclined to disagree about the start and end dates of this five hundred year cold spell, unless of course you work for NASA, but the black death reduced the numbers of scots from just under a million to about half a million over the next one hundred and seventy five years.
Given that last summer of 2013 was the warmest for ages,I am inclined to celebrate the anniversary of the Better Weather campaign more than anything else, and with some excellent German beer sold in Stirling, here's hoping for a late Indian summer to enjoy the moment whatever the referendum outcome throws at us.
Finally, the museum has an excellent café but have yet to install a phone line which means cash only sales for the time being but no real concerns as there is nothing on the menu that will break the bank. cheers.

1  Thank Simon W
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We arrived at this little place a bit late in the day (after getting lost) They were just about to close up for the day but the gallery staff let us in for a quick look around while they were cleaning up for the day.
We very quickly took a look around and upon leaving were directed to the garden as a place to look around further. The Garden is fantastic!

I would highly recommend popping into this gallery, the staff are fantastic and the works are lovely.

2  Thank hairycow
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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.

1  Thank Purplehazze
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