Gallery of Modern Art
Located on Royal Exchange Square, in William Cunninghame of Lainshaw's imposing 1778 townhouse, the Gallery of Modern Art's monumentalism is offset by the traffic cone that's usually perched on the head of the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington located out front. The Gallery hosts major exhibitions by 20th and 21st century artists, and is the most-visited modern art gallery in the country. Besides its major collection of modern art, the gallery has a lending library full of books on art and design.
In 2016, a restoration project was undertaken which included cleaning, restoring, and reinstating the clock tower and weather vane.
GoMA is conveniently located for both Queen Street and Central Stations, and Buchanan Street Underground is only a few minutes away. There are multiple bus stops on the near-adjacent Union Street.
- Provides: Free wi-fi
- Open since: 1996
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Best free world-class art to enjoy in Edinburgh and Glasgow21 Sep 2018
With a range of free galleries and exhibitions across both cities, there's plenty of scope to have a very arty day out on a shoestring budget
In Edinburgh, entry to all of the National Galleries doesn't cost a penny. The Scottish National Gallery on the Mound has one of the best fine art collections in the world, and is open daily (10am–6pm). Here, you'll find masterpieces by Botticelli…
Marlie Mul: This Exhibition Has Been Cancelled8 Sep 2017
Empty gallery becomes talking point, but not much else
After careful consideration Marlie Mul's exhibition at GoMA has been 'cancelled', turning visitors' attention to the historic context of the building itself while raising searching questions about the role of publicly funded arts organisations…
Max Brand and Joanne Robertson: Poppies21 Dec 2016
Great art, or is it pants?
The use of pants in art can't fail to get a reaction. Daubed with brown paint and draped over the top of Joanne Robertson's canvas, they leave one half-tempted to snigger, half-repulsed. A difficult abstract painting is a very different thing from a…
Art preview: Ripples on the Pond, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow1 May 2015
Print and moving images explore role of Glasgow Womens’ Library and the city's female artists
An exhibition of work from the Glasgow Museums collection, Ripples on the Pond takes as its starting point 11 works purchased by the collection from Glasgow Women’s Library’s ‘21 Revolutions’ project. ‘The project germinated from a desire to promote and…
The Best Activities for Kids and Families in Glasgow3 Mar 2015
A quick guide to some of the city's best days out
Much more than just a shopping centre, Braehead could keep a family occupied for the whole day. Gambado soft play caters for the little ones, while for the more adventurous there’s The Drop climbing centre, Snow Factor ski and snowboard complex, and ice…
Visual art: In the frame15 Sep 2008
The most significant works of art in Scotland
Glasgow and Edinburgh’s galleries and museums play host to some of the most famous art works in the world. David Pollock selects the ten you cannot afford to miss.
Gallery of Modern Art acquires 'Phantom'4 Sep 2008
Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art has bought Alison Watt's 'Phantom' work for £45,000. The work, a large abstract oil painting of moving fabric, will go on show at the gallery in November.