Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG
  • Telephone 0141 276 9599
  • Opening times Mon–Thu & Sat 10am–5pm; Fri & Sun 11am–5pm.
  • Admission Free.
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  • Website www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/…
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

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 elephant, a Spitfire and an outstanding collection of French Impressionists. Twenty-two collections and over 8000 artefacts, from natural history, armour and weaponry to art from many different eras and touring exhibitions, are all housed in a grand red sandstone building on the banks of the River Kelvin. There are interactive exhibits, talks, events and regular free recitals on the Kelvingrove organ. Kelvingrove also has a restaurant, a café and a gift shop.

Events at this venue

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ANÚNA with M'ANAM and support

Idir Neamh agus Talamh (Between Heaven and Earth) Having debuted at Celtic Connections in 1995, Irish choral ensemble ANÚNA celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2017. Deploying their unique sean nós-rooted vocal style in a seamless blend of reworked medieval music, traditional songs, and director Michael McGlynn’s…

Fri 31 Jan

£22.00* / 0141 276 9599

Between Utopias: Russian Art in the Early 1990s

An exhibit that explores the work of two artists, Pavel Makov and Nikita Gashunin, both from the former Soviet Union and who responded to a society in flux.

Sun 19 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Mon 20 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Tue 21 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

…and 161 more dates until 30 Jun

Big Garden Bird Watch!

It’s that time again, time for the Big Garden Bird Watch! Come along and learn all about why we do it and how you can get involved, so we can save nature together. Join in our themed activity! £1 suggested donation

Sat 25 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 26 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

British Science Week

Join RSPB Scotland during British Science Week where we will be talking about our work around Marine Conservation! Come along and find out about water quality within Glasgow, as well as taking part in various activities. £1 suggested donation

Sat 14 Mar

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 15 Mar

Free / 0141 276 9599

Burrell at Kelvingrove

See some of the wonderful porcelain, bronze and Jade from the Chinese Dynastic periods collected by Sir William Burrell, including Tang Dynasty tomb guardian figures, elaborate forms of ritual bronzes that are more than 2,500 years old and a rare Ming Dynasty blue-and-white tankard. With kind support from the Confucius…

Sun 19 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Mon 20 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Tue 21 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

…and 70 more dates until 31 Mar

Compassion in Crisis: The Fascinating Story of 80 years of Royal Voluntary Service in Glasgow

Exhibition showcasing the story of the Glasgow volunteers of Royal Voluntary Service.

Sun 19 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Mon 20 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Tue 21 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

…and 10 more dates until 31 Jan

Field Music and Tenement & Temple

Having noted the “howling injustice” of Field Music’s bijou fanbase - despite prolific claims to playful art-pop perfection - a glowing Guardian review of 2018’s sixth album Open Here ruefully concludes, “Short of running naked through Sunderland, it’s hard to know what else they can do to alert a wider public.” Sparing…

Sat 1 Feb

£23.10* / 0141 276 9599

"Four Go To China" - Finger-Puppet Fantasy

The Four: Mackintosh, MacNair, MacDonald and Macdonald go on an imaginary time-travelling journey to the fantasy world of Pouring in China. Inter-active storytelling and liquid art.

Sat 22 Feb

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 23 Feb

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sat 29 Feb

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 1 Mar

Free / 0141 276 9599

From the East

Take inspiration from intricate Chinese art and stories to design your own patterned plate! 

Sat 14 Mar

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 15 Mar

Free / 0141 276 9599

Future (Un)folding

Paper cuts, performance, sounds, sets, collage, torches, ideal worlds - Utopias!

Sat 25 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 26 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - Early opening

Early openings allow you to visit our museums and explore the wider galleries in a calm and relaxed atmosphere. You can download our visual storyboard to help prepare for your visit.

Sun 8 Mar

Free / 0141 276 9599

Mackintosh & His Pals

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his contemporaries took inspiration form fairy tales for their artwork and liked to dress up in costumes. Marvel at Jessie M. King's 'Frog Prince', listen to the same story, dress up and make your own finger puppets to act out the tale!   

Sat 1 Feb

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 2 Feb

Free / 0141 276 9599

Mackintosh Foil Cards

Admire the beautiful work from Charles Rennie Mackintosh and other Glasgow Style artists - from furniture and interiors to panels, glass and metalwork. Be inspired in the gallery to create your own foil card design.

Sat 15 Feb

Free / 0141 276 9599

Mackintosh Stencilling

We are celebrating Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wonderful stencil designs. You will learn easy practical skills in how to make lovely hand stencilled work to take home.

Sat 8 Feb

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 9 Feb

Free / 0141 276 9599

March Hare Moons

Come along and fill your head with lunar fun and animal adventures in this painting workshop. Make moons by blowing bubbles, add in your favourite animal to create a fantastic lunar landscape.

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 8 Mar

Free / 0141 276 9599

Mini Magnetic Masterpieces

Do you have a favourite painting in the gallery?  Why not make your own version that is small enough to put on your fridge! Using colouring materials, practise drawing a small scale masterpiece in a fancy frame and turn it into a fridge magnet!

Sat 28 Mar

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 29 Mar

Free / 0141 276 9599

New Year Puppet

Celebrate Chinese New Year, enjoying Puppetry and Storytelling bringing a folktale to life! Several showings will take place in the Burrell at Kelvingrove Exhibition which is full of magnificent Chinese treasure. 

Sat 25 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Scottish Ensemble: Seven Last Words

The Scottish Ensemble plays James MacMillan's distinctive setting of the dying words of Jesus.

Sat 28 Mar

£16.50 / 0141 276 9599

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Show the Love

Climate Change is already impacting our wildlife! You've helped us to turn red hearts to green since 2015! Show the Love continues in 2020, so join RSPB Scotland to learn all about it & join in our themed activity all weekend.

Sat 15 Feb

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 16 Feb

Free / 0141 276 9599

Thomas Faed's painting Burns and Highland Mary

As Burns Night approaches join Curator of British Art Jo Meacock to hear more about this painting that imagines Burns’ last meeting with Margaret Campbell, Highland Mary, before her early death. 

Tue 21 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Toddler Time

Enjoy songs, stories and craft with your little one. Under 4's

Fri 24 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Fri 31 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Fri 7 Feb

Free / 0141 276 9599

…and 7 more dates until 27 Mar

Window Winter Animals

Many animals live in very cold places and some animals are seen most during the winter months. Some slip and slide on the snow, some have thick warm fur or live in cosy nests. Identify these animals in the museum and have fun using special art materials to create a visual explosion of colourful winter animals. 

Sun 19 Jan

Free / 0141 276 9599

Yin and Yang Spring Festival Fun!

Celebrate spring and our wonderful Burrell at Kelvingrove Chinese Artwork Exhibition. Come and enjoy crafts inspired by China, some simple Tai Chi and lovely music in our education suite.

Sat 21 Mar

Free / 0141 276 9599

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…

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…

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow: Site Specifics

19 Feb 2009

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.

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.

Kelvingrove still top attraction

13 Mar 2008

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum remains Scotland’s most visited attraction following its £35m refurbishment. A new global survey of museums and galleries placed the Kelvingrove 14th in the world, putting it just behind the State Hermitage…

Kelvingrove to host charity art sale

9 Aug 2007

NewsArts sale in aid of breast cancer charities

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is to hold an arts sale in aid of breast cancer charities across Scotland.

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