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.

Events at this venue

There are 37 events at this location

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Adriaen van Ostade’s An Itinerant Musician

Learn about the representation of economic migrants and working class musicians in the 17th century, led by Curator of European Art, Pippa Stephenson.

Tue 16 Jan 2018

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15
  • 14:00 – 14:15

Art in the Round: A carved stone ball from Alford Parish, Aberdeenshire

Join Jane Flint, Curator of Prehistoric Archaeology, to take a closer look at this masterpiece of prehistoric stone carving.

Wed 8 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Bartholomeus van der Helst’s Portrait of a Captain Willem van der Zaan

Join Pippa Stephenson, Curator of European Art, as she explores the turbulent life of this celebrated, 17th-century Dutch naval captain.

Tue 24 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Bat Bonanzia

As it’s nearly Halloween come and join our activities to learn about the amazing bats, and make some creepy crafts. Suggested donation £1

Sat 28 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Sun 29 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:00 – 16:00

The Big Banner Project

Contribute to the making of a Mackintosh Willow Tea Room style banner while learning how to stencil glasgow roses. Workshop led by Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw, stencilling artist.

Wed 18 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Sat 28 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:00 – 16:00

The Big Banner Project - Mackintosh Festival 2017 Banner making workshop with Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw

This full day banner making workshop is based on a 115 years old banner designed by CR Mackintosh for the Willow Tea Rooms. You will explore the skill of stencilling on paper and fabric and decorate your own cushion cover in Mackintosh style to take home before creating a communal banner using stencilling and multi media.

Sun 22 Oct

£25.00 tickets.glasgowconcerthalls.com / 0141 276 9599

  • 11:30 – 16:00

Christmas Music

Christmas is just made for music and song. Sing-along, stomp, sway or simply listen and enjoy some yule-tide favourites through the ages of Christmas.

Sat 16 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:30 – 16:00

Sun 17 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:30 – 16:00

Copied by the Sun: Illustrations from Sir William Stirling Maxwell’s Annals of the Artists of Spain

Discover how Sir William Stirling Maxwell, a Scottish collector and scholar, developed the world’s first photographically illustrated book on art. With Dr Hilary Macartney from the University of Glasgow.

Wed 13 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Eco zones: Indo-Malaya

The Indo-Malaya Ecozone stretches through Southeast Asia and includes India, Pakistan, Burma, Indonesia. Find out more about what Eco-zones actually are and also find out about some of the animals, people and culture from Indo-Malaya. 21st and 22nd of October.

Sat 21 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:30

Elephants and Buddha: Burmese carved tusk

Join Patricia Allan, Curator of World Cultures, to learn about this intricately carved ivory tusk from Myanmar.

Wed 25 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Fairy Tales

Come along to Kelvingrove Winter Grotto where the Fairy Grandmother will be telling seasonal stories and fairy tales. Story sessions  last 15 – 20 minutes

Sat 21 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:30 – 16:00

Sat 11 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:30 – 16:00

Sun 12 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:30 – 16:00

Fossil Fish - Object In Focus

Join Ann Ainsworth, Curator of Geology, to take a closer look at some of the fossil fish found in Scotland.

Tue 28 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Fulton’s Grand Orrery

Find out more about Fulton’s Grand Orrery with Transport and Technology Curator Emily Malcolm.

Tue 27 Feb 2018

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Give Women the Vote

It’s 100 years since women got the vote. Join Fiona Hayes, Curator of Glasgow Social History to discover the suffragette story behind this penny medal.

Tue 13 Feb 2018

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Glasgow from the Necropolis about 1840

Fiona Hayes, Curator of Glasgow Social History, discusses this view of Glasgow from the Necropolis and what it tells us about the city’s Victorian expansion.

Tue 14 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Glasgow–Japan 1878 Exchange – Tea pot for the Sencha Ceremony

Join Dr Yupin Chung, Curator of East Asian Art, to explore the Glasgow–Japan Exchange of 1878.

Tue 20 Feb 2018

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15
  • 14:00 – 14:15

Glasgow Life Drawing and Sketching

This group is for anyone who likes to draw. Unlike other artists like musicians, actors or dancers… people who like to create drawings often do so alone. Once finished they tend to hide their sketch pad somewhere and few people get the pleasure of seeing their work. There's nothing wrong with that but it could also be a…

Sat 21 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 9599

Life Drawing Meetup at Kelvingrove Gallery Coffee Shop

  • 12:00

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 9599

Sketching and drawing Meetup at Kelvingrove Gallery Coffee Shop

  • 10:00

Sat 28 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 9599

Life Drawing Meetup at Kelvingrove Gallery Coffee Shop

  • 12:00

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 9599

Sketching and drawing Meetup at Kelvingrove Gallery Coffee Shop

  • 10:00

Sat 4 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 9599

Life Drawing Meetup at Kelvingrove Gallery Coffee Shop

  • 12:00

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 9599

Sketching and drawing Meetup at Kelvingrove Gallery Coffee Shop

  • 10:00
…and 5 more dates until 9 Dec

Glasgow Silver and Slavery

Join Curator of Scottish History, Dr Tony Lewis, as he examines a display of eighteenth-century silver produced in Glasgow through the Luke family and its links with transatlantic slavery.

Tue 21 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Halloween

  • 5 stars
  • 1978
  • US
  • 1h 31min
  • 18
  • Directed by: John Carpenter
  • Written by: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
  • Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, PJ Soles, Nancy Loomis

The first and best of the series – and one of the best of all slasher movies. Escaped psycho Michael Myers returns to the town where he killed his sister several years before and picks up where he left off with remarkable ease. Pleasence is the obsessive psychiatrist on his trail, convinced he is to blame for the escape.

Sat 28 Oct

£18 / 0141 276 9599

DJ screening with cocktails and cinema bites. Costumes and fancy dress are encouraged.

  • 20:30 – 01:00

Hallowe'en Toddler Time

At this very atmospheric time of year we will explore some of the mysterious objects in Kelvingrove and journey in story and song to lands other than these. Please feel free to come in your Hallowe’en guise. For Ages 2-5 Years Old

Fri 27 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 11:30 – 12:00

Halloweenimals!

Some animals can be really spooky! Get into the spirit of Halloween and make a Kelvingrove inspired spooky animal decoration.

Sun 29 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:30 – 16:00

Hedgehogs and Habitats

As the autumn nights close in it is time to make sure we are looking out for our prickly friends. Join the RSPB and Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Centre to look at how to improve your garden or green space for hedgehogs and what to do if you find a poorly one!

Sun 22 Oct

RSPB members £3, non-members £5. Please book by emailing: gnahg@rspb.org.uk / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Henry Raeburn’s painting, Boy and Rabbit

Dr Jo Meacock, Curator of British Art, discusses this remarkable portrait of the artist’s Deaf grandson, Henry Raeburn Inglis, on loan to Glasgow Museums from the Royal Academy in London. Glasgow Museums D/deaf Guides will then give a talk on the painting in British Sign Language. 2pm and 2.20pm.

Tue 5 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Ice Age Mammoth

Ann Ainsworth, Curator of Geology, will explain how the Ice Age woolly mammoth survived life in the cold.

Tue 23 Jan 2018

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Jean Fleming’s Self Portrait

How were things changing for women artists in the mid-20th century? Curator, Peter Tuka, talks about this intimate self-portrait by local artist Jean Fleming.

Tue 6 Feb 2018

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Kenyan Ceremonial Cape

Join Patricia Allan, Curator of World Cultures, to hear the story behind this remarkable item.

Wed 21 Feb 2018

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Kids Salsa Class

Bring the family along to get involved in some salsa dancing to celebrate the start of the Havana Glasgow Film Festival 2017!

Sat 4 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:30 – 14:30

Make a Christmas Decoration

Add even more Christmas joy to your tree by making a special decoration for it.

Sat 9 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:30 – 16:00

Sun 10 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:30 – 16:00

Miniature Book Making

Our Glasgow Style gallery is full of designs which hint of fairyland. Take a close look at the designs in the gallery and use them as inspiration to design your own mini fairy book.

Thu 19 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:30 – 16:00

Motif Cards and Badges

Take a close look at Mackintosh and Glasgow Style to find a pattern then create an impressive badge on our badge-maker.

Wed 18 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:30 – 16:00

Moving Minds

Now in its ninth year, Moving Minds is a day of celebration with events exploring diversity and mental wellbeing around the theme of Reclaim. Events include music, song, dance, a fashion show, a guided tour, interactive stalls and other creative activities.

Thu 19 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

Part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.

A Point of Honour: The 18th-century smallsword

Gentlemanly disputes could easily lead to duels. Dr Ralph Moffat, Curator of European Armour, explores the dangerous world of the elaborately-decorated smallsword and its lethal use.

Tue 12 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Sir Roger, the Asian Elephant

Join Richard Sutcliffe, Research Manager (Natural Sciences), to hear the story of Sir Roger the Asian elephant – one of Kelvingrove’s favourite objects.

Tue 30 Jan 2018

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Snuff Said – Glasgow, tobacco and slavery

Curator of Scottish History, Dr Tony Lewis, reviews Glasgow’s role in the tobacco trade and examines the production, distribution and display of tobacco and wealth derived from it in terms of links to slavery.

Tue 31 Oct

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 14:00 – 14:15

Willow Weaving

Learn the craft of willow weaving at this practical workshop, using natural materials to create beautiful Christmas wreaths and other fantastic crafts. Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of December.

Sat 2 Dec

RSPB members £3, non-members £5. / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:00
  • 13:00

Willow Weaving

Learn the craft of willow weaving at this practical workshop, using natural materials to create beautiful Christmas wreaths and other fantastic crafts.

Sat 2 Dec

RSPB members £3, non-members £5. / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:00

Willow Weaving

Learn the craft of willow weaving at this practical workshop, using natural materials to create beautiful Christmas wreaths and other fantastic crafts. Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of December.

Sat 9 Dec

RSPB members £3, non-members £5. / 0141 276 9599

  • 13:00

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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…

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9 Aug 2007

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

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