Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

A visit to Glasgow is not complete without visiting Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It is the city’s most visited museum, receiving over 1.1 million visitors each year. The fantastic Spanish Baroque building is an attraction in itself. It was built in 1901 and is protected as an ‘A’ listed building. Constructed from red sandstone, this is a building material typical to Glasgow. The grand entrance faces towards Kelvingrove Park, one of the city residents’ favourite green areas.

Museum Collections

Today, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses over 8000 display objects in 22 themed galleries. There are many Scottish collections including the Natural History of Scotland, Scottish wildlife, history and national art. There are plenty of displays local to Glasgow, such as the exhibition about the works of the famous Glasgow-born architect and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928). It also houses an extensive display of arms and armour from all over the world, Military memorabilia, a Spitfire, Ancient Egyptian artefacts and a large collection of European artwork including Dutch, French and Italian art.

Set aside half a day to fully explore this expansive museum, as there is plenty to see. Your visit is free of charge although there may be a small cost for entry to some of the temporary exhibitions. Ideal for children, there are many interactive displays and activities throughout the collections. When it is time for time out, enjoy the restaurant and browse the gift shop.

Getting there 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is located in Glasgow’s West End, which is easily accessible when staying in the city centre. You can take the subway or a bus, and the City Sightseeing ‘hop on, hop-off’ buses stop outside the central Radisson Blu Hotel and take you directly to the museum.