Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum information

Glasgow , United Kingdom
Street Argyle St
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Opening hours
10am-5pm Mon-Thu & Sat, 11am-5pm Fri & Sun
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Lonely Planet review

A magnificent stone building, this grand Victorian cathedral of culture has been revamped into a fascinating and unusual museum, with a bewildering variety of exhibits. You'll find fine art alongside stuffed animals, and Micronesian shark-tooth swords alongside a Spitfire plane, but it's not mix 'n' match: rooms are carefully and thoughtfully themed, and the collection is a manageable size. There's an excellent room of Scottish art, a room of fine French Impressionist works, and quality Renaissance paintings from Italy and Flanders. Salvador Dalí's superb Christ of St John of the Cross is also here. Best of all, nearly everything – including the paintings – has an easy-reading paragraph of interpretation next to it. You can learn a lot about art and more here, and it's excellent for children, with plenty for them to do and displays aimed at a variety of ages. There are free hour-long guided tours beginning at 11am and 2.30pm. Bus 17, among many others, runs here from Renfield St.