Gallery of Modern Art

Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH
  • Telephone 0141 287 3050
  • Opening times Mon–Wed & Sat 10am–5pm; Thu 11am–8pm; Fri & Sun 11am–5pm;
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  • Website www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/…
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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

Events at this venue

There are 4 events at this location

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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Clara Ursitti: Roots/Routes

An exhibition of new work commissioned from the Glasgow-based artist Clara Ursitti following research residencies with communities in North Eastern Ontario, Canada.  Supported by Glasgow Museums, White Water Gallery, Creative Scotland through the National LotteryImage Credit: Clara Ursitti

Mon 26 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

Tue 27 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

Wed 28 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

…and 87 more dates until 24 Jan 2021

Domestic Bliss

An exhibition which brings together work from Glasgow Museums' collection to look at the history of the building as a former house, Royal Exchange and civic space.

Mon 26 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

Tue 27 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

Wed 28 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

…and 63 more dates until 31 Dec

Stones Steeped in History

A fascinating display which tells the story behind the building GoMA currently occupies from 1777 to present day. The permanent show informs visitors of the history of the building including a deeper understanding of the role slavery played in the narrative of Glasgow - from its wealthy tobacco merchants to its trade in…

Mon 26 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

Tue 27 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

Wed 28 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

…and 63 more dates until 31 Dec

T A S T E !

TASTE! highlights some of the contemporary art collected on behalf of the city in the last 21 years. Based in Gallery 2 at GoMA, the exhibition provides a history of collecting using some objects added and, crucially,  aims to explain some of the thinking behind its acquisition. TASTE! shows works by Andy Warhol, Beryl…

Mon 26 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

Tue 27 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

Wed 28 Oct

Free / 0141 287 3050

…and 60 more dates until 28 Dec

Reviews & features

Best free world-class art to enjoy in Edinburgh and Glasgow

21 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 Cancelled

8 Sep 20173 stars

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: Poppies

21 Dec 20163 stars

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, Glasgow

1 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 Glasgow

3 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 frame

15 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.

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