KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM
A visit to Glasgow is not complete without visiting Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The structure is an attraction in itself. Built in 1901, the museum is protected as an ‘A’ listed building and was designed in a Spanish Baroque style using red sandstone, which is typical to Glasgow. The grand entrance faces towards Kelvingrove Park, one of the great green areas of the city.
Museum collectionsKelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum underwent an extensive three-year refurbishment, opening again in 2006, and now houses over 8000 display objects in 22 themed galleries. There are many Scottish collections ranging from Scottish wildlife, history, the natural history of Scotland and national art. There are also many displays local to Glasgow, such as the exhibition about the works of the famous Glasgow born architect and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928). Wonderful examples of his work can be viewed across the city, such as the Glasgow School of Art and House for an Art Lover, but Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery is the place to find more about the man behind the city’s signature architecture.
The museum also houses an extensive display of arms and armour from all over the world, Military memorabilia, a Spitfire, Ancient Egyptology and a large collection of European artwork including Dutch, French and Italian art.
Reaching KelvingroveKelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is located in Glasgow’s West End, both of which are easily accessible when staying at a hotel in the city centre. The stylish Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow is conveniently placed in the heart of the city with easy access to the city’s attractions. Set aside half a day to fully explore this expansive museum.
A grand day outThe museum is free of charge, although there may be a small cost for some temporary exhibitions. An ideal day trip for younger visitors, there are plenty of interactive displays and activities throughout the collections that children will enjoy. Visitors of all ages can take time to savour the museum’s restaurant and purchase souvenirs and gifts.
Don’t miss out on the most visited art museum in Scotland and the fourth most visited national attraction.