Address: Argyle St, Glasgow, G3 8AG
Tel: 0141 276 9599
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am – 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am – 5pm.
Situated in Glasgows West End, surrounded by Kelvingrove Park, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an absolutely stunning building; the red sandstone walls and high, majestic turrets and beautiful surroundings. Even just going to see it from the outside is worthwhile!
After a 3 year, £35 million restoration project, Kelvingrove reopened in July 2006. Since then, over 2 million visitors have marvelled at Kelvingrove’s treasures.
There are 8,000 objects on display in the newly renovated gallery. Some were already there before, but there are also quite a few new ones including a huge giraffe, a 4-metre Ceratosaur and a restored Spitfire. The new Mackintosh and Glasgow Style galleries explore the genius of Glasgows most famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It also hosts the city’s largest display of the Glasgow Style’s wide range of media and techniques. In addition, Dali’s iconic painting Christ of St John of the Cross has returned to Kelvingrove, and sits alongside the likes of Botticelli, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso.
The museum is very child friendly, and the natural history section is particularly interesting for both adults and children.
Another point of interest is the road leading to the back entrance of the museum. Some people will tell you that the building was accidentally built backwards, but that is not the case. The truth is, the position of the road changed at the last minute!
The museum also features education facilities, shops and a lovely café. The new Exhibition Gallery hosts exciting temporary exhibitions throughout the year, and you can find out more about the collections and go online in the Study Centre and Library.