Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow: Site Specifics

  • The List
  • 19 February 2009

A new regular column where we take a new look at an old favourite attraction somewhere in the Central Belt.

What is it?
Only one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions, you philistine. Kelvingrove is a thoroughly impressive old building, built in 1900 and refurbshed in 2006. It houses well over 8,000 works of art and assorted museum pieces.

What’s it like then?
On an average Saturday, you might find small boys gazing up at the gigantic hanging Spitfire, art students sketching the amazing installation of floating heads over the staircase, and older couples checking out Salvador Dali’s painting ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’ while their grandchildren play in the oversized shoe exhibition. So, a bit like a crazy treasure-trove wonderland, really.

Anything happening there at the moment?
There are always a few smaller events and tours going on, but right now they’re gearing up to host the huge, touring Doctor Who exhibition, which opens on Saturday 28 March.

What are the best bits?
The floating heads! Or maybe the elephant! And there’s a little pufferfish we’re very fond of.

How much will it cost?
Absolutely free to you, sunshine. Although the bigger touring exhibitions usually come with a modest entry fee.

Is there a café?
Yes, serving sandwiches, cakes and posh smoothies. There are also a number of good, inexpensive restaurants nearby.

Okay. How do I get there?
Parking’s not great, so catch the underground to Kelvinhall – the Museum is just less than five minutes away from the bottom of Byres Road. From Central Station, take the 9, 16, 18/A, or 62 bus.

0141 276 9599, Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm; Fri & Sun: 11am–5pm

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, an exuberant piece of Edwardian architecture, was built in 1901 to house both an art collection and Glasgow's old industrial museum, and its eclecticism is part of its appeal; few other museums can offer a stuffed…


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