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 20 events at this location

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The Burrell at Kelvingrove - Collecting Medieval Treasures

Sir William collected artworks throughout his life.  For this exhibition, one of the world’s foremost collectors of medieval art selects treasures from the Burrell’s renowned medieval collection. CREDIT: © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Tue 21 May

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 22 May

Free / 0141 276 9599

Thu 23 May

Free / 0141 276 9599

…and 4 more dates until 27 May

Commemorating 100 Years since WWI

To mark the end of the Centenary of WW1, Glasgow Museums have a programme of exhibitions, displays and events. Find out more.

Tue 21 May

£7 / 0141 276 9599

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 22 May

£7 / 0141 276 9599

Thu 23 May

£7 / 0141 276 9599

…and 33 more dates until 25 Jun

David Wilkie's 'The Cottar's Saturday Night'

Curator of British Art Jo Meacock will discuss this important Scottish painting, inspired by a Robert Burns poem, and purchased by the Trustees of the Hamilton Bequest for Glasgow Museums in 1948. 

Tue 6 Aug

Free / 0141 276 9599

Tue 21 May

Free / 0141 276 9599

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 22 May

Free / 0141 276 9599

Thu 23 May

Free / 0141 276 9599

…and 33 more dates until 25 Jun

Glasgow Life Drawing and Sketching

A group for anyone who likes to draw.

Sat 25 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 9599

Sketching and drawing Meetup at Kelvingrove Gallery Packed Lunch Area

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Sat 1 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 9599

Sketching and drawing Meetup at Kelvingrove Gallery Packed Lunch Area

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Sat 8 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 9599

Sketching and drawing Meetup at Kelvingrove Gallery Packed Lunch Area

  • 10:00 – 12:00
…and 5 more dates until 13 Jul

Glasgow Science Festival: Glasgow Steams Ahead at Kelvingrove

Glasgow Science Festival takes over the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum for a weekend of fun and exploration. Get hands on with the latest research in renewable energy, computers and virtual reality. Play with Scots language and learn how music affects the brain.

Sat 15 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Part of Glasgow Science Festival.

Sun 16 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Part of Glasgow Science Festival.

Light Catchers

Use our wonderful collection as inspiration for making a colourful light catcher to display in your window at home.  CREDIT: Detail from The Coronation of The Blessed Virgin (1923): Harry Clarke

Sat 22 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 23 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Linda McCartney Retrospective

Exhibition of photographs taken by Linda McCartney during the 1960s, curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney.

Fri 5 Jul

£7/£5 / 0141 276 9599

Sat 6 Jul

£7/£5 / 0141 276 9599

Sun 7 Jul

£7/£5 / 0141 276 9599

…and 188 more dates until 12 Jan 2020

Lovely Landscapes - Wokshop

Admire the stunning landscapes in our paintings gallery and then create your own masterpiece using tissue paper. Sessions run on the 25th and 26th of May 2019.

Sat 25 May

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 26 May

Free / 0141 276 9599

Midsummer Solstice Fire Show

Join the West End Festival on the longest day of the year, for a unique evening of fire theatre, circus skills, music & storytelling. Join performers from the fantastic Think Circus who will enrapture you with a specially written story told through expressive fire performance, atmospheric music, awesome feats of…

Fri 21 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Part of West End Festival.

  • 22:00

Musical Landscapes

Paint a watercolour landscape, inspired by the artworks in our Scottish Identity Gallery and the sounds of Scottish Music. CREDIT: Detail from The Heart of the Trossachs (1868): James Docharty

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 30 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Once Upon A Time

Kelvingrove is full of characters and storylines you find in fairy tales – listen to some of them, then make some headgear so you can star in your very own story! 

Sat 8 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 9 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Outdoor Ceilidh

Front of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Argyle St, G3 8AG Come and join West End Festival & Glasgow Folk Music Workshop for our fifth annual outdoor ceilidh at the steps of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and our third annual ceilidh at the piazza on Vinicombe Street. Led by the talented musicians of Glasgow Folk Music…

Sun 9 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 9599

Part of West End Festival.

  • 14:00

Sat 22 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 276 9599

Part of West End Festival.

  • 14:00

Paul Gauguin's painting, 'Ostre Anlaeg Park, Copenhagen'

Join Curator of European Art, Pippa Stephenson, for a short  talk as she explores this early landscape featuring a Danish park, from the notorious, Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin. 

Tue 2 Jul

Free / 0141 276 9599

Pinch Pots - Workshop

Using clay, show off your dexterous skills! Try making a tea pot, a pinch pot, or a coil pot. Sessions run on the 1st and 2nd of June 2019.

Sat 1 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 2 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sambayabamba & Friends

Sambayabamba are Scotland’s biggest and most well know samba drumming and percussion group and long-time leaders of West End Festivals’ famous parade for over a decade. Come and join them for an afternoon of fun, vibrant carnival music and dance that’ll get your toes tapping and hips swaying. Also joining them will be…

Sun 16 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Part of West End Festival.

  • 14:00

Science Festival

Glasgow Science Festival takes over the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum for a weekend of fun and exploration. Get hands-on with the latest research in renewable energy, computers and virtual reality. Play with the Scots language and learn how music affects the brain.

Sat 15 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 16 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

Toddler Time

Take the wee ones along for songs, stories and fun with a different theme inspired by the museum each week. Suitable for under-twos.

Fri 24 May

Free / 0141 276 9599

Fri 31 May

Free / 0141 276 9599

Fri 7 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

…and 3 more dates until 28 Jun

Treasure Trove Finds

Archaeological artefacts unearthed by the public can make a significant contribution to our understanding of Scotland’s past.  Bring your archaeological finds to Kelvingrove today for identification and Treasure Trove assessment.

Sat 22 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

William Dyce's painting 'Christabel'

Join Curator of British Art Jo Meacock as she talks about this exquisite painting by Scottish artist William Dyce, inspired by a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and purchased by the Trustees of the Hamilton Bequest in 1965.

Tue 11 Jun

Free / 0141 276 9599

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21 Sep 2018

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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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