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, after rocketing to popular attention as part of the original Riverdance phenomenon, Irish choral ensemble ANÚNA celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2017. Deploying their unique sean nós-rooted vocal style in a seamless…

Fri 31 Jan 2020

£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 17 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

Mon 18 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

Tue 19 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

…and 223 more dates until 30 Jun 2020

Beyond The Darkroom Door: Exploring The Magic Of Developing

Before digital imaging there was darkroom magic, where photos developed before your very eyes. Through our collection handling objects, explore how this happened and what equipment and materials photographers used.

Sat 7 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

Beyond the Darkroom Door: Exploring the magic of developing

Before digital imaging there was 'Darkroom' magic where photos' developed before your eyes. Through collection handling objects let's explore the equipment that photographers used.

Sat 7 Dec

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 17 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

Mon 18 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

Tue 19 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

…and 132 more dates until 31 Mar 2020

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 17 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

Mon 18 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

Tue 19 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

…and 73 more dates until 31 Jan 2020

Egyptian Craft

Learn about life and death in Ancient Egypt, investigate the artefacts and paint on to papyrus in this special workshop. Image Credit - Anna Henderson

Sat 30 Nov

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 1 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

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 2020

£23.10* / 0141 276 9599

Linda McCartney Retrospective

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

Sun 17 Nov

£7 (£5; Children free) / 0141 276 9599

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Mon 18 Nov

£7 (£5; Children free) / 0141 276 9599

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Tue 19 Nov

£7 (£5; Children free) / 0141 276 9599

  • 11:00 – 17:00
…and 54 more dates until 12 Jan 2020

Oriental Linen Bookmarks

Be inspired by our beautiful Chinese Treasures and create your own watercolour bookmark to treasure.

Sun 8 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

Polaroid Originals Creative Workshop: Emulsion Transfers & Transparencies

Be inspired by Linda McCartney's photo media experiments. Learn how emulsion lift images are made from Polaroids then make your own led by experts from Polaroid Originals. Sat 23 Nov | 1.30–4pm | FREE but booking in advance is required | Telephone 0141 276 9505/6 or email kglearning@glasgowlife.org.uk

Sat 23 Nov

Free but ticketed / 0141 276 9599

Pond Life

Make water-colour, wax-resist pictures of creatures and objects that inhabit the world of the garden pond. Inspired by the colours and drawing found in Ancient Chinese Art. 

Sat 14 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 15 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

S. J. Peploe's painting Old Tom Morris

Curator of British Art Jo Meacock will discuss this early Scottish Colourist painting of a local Edinburgh personality that was purchased by the Trustees of the Hamilton Bequest for Glasgow Museums in 1974.

Tue 3 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

Seven Last Words

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

Sat 28 Mar 2020

£16.50 / 0141 276 9599

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Sleepy Creatures

From hedgehogs to ladybirds, bats to bumblebees, a huge variety of creatures hibernate over the winter months. Come along to take part in our activities and learn about these sleepy creatures. Suggested Donation £1

Sun 17 Nov

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 2020

Free / 0141 276 9599

Willow Weaving

Learn the craft of willow weaving at this practical workshop, using natural materials to create beautiful Christmas wreaths and other fantastic crafts. Suggested Donation for RSPB member £3/£5 for non-member

Sat 7 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 8 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

Winter Trail

It's chilly outside so come into the lovely  warmth of the museum and discover all the creatures that live in the cold. Expand your investigatory skills by taking our winter trail challenge!

Sat 21 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

Sun 22 Dec

Free / 0141 276 9599

With All Senses

Feel the colours, smell the art, listen to your emotions! Explore Kelvingrove with all your senses and create a multi-sensory artwork to take away with you. 

Sun 24 Nov

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…

Take Me Out

2 Apr 2009

From cycling, pirate ships, dolphin watching and woodland walks to face-painting, castles, beaches and alien designs, Anna Millar handpicks some of the finest days out and events this Easter, whether you’re a big or a little kid

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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