Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. The museum has 22 galleries, housing a range of exhibits, including Renaissance art, taxidermy, and artifacts from ancient Egypt.

The gallery is located on Argyle Street, on the banks of the River Kelvin. The construction of Kelvingrove was partly financed by the proceeds of the 1888 International Exhibition held in Kelvingrove Park. 

Kelvingrove was reopened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 after a three-year closure for major refurbishment and restoration.


The museum's collections came mainly from the McLellan Galleries and from the old Kelvingrove House Museum in Kelvingrove Park. It has one of the finest collections of arms and armour in the world and a vast natural history collection. The art collection includes many outstanding European artworks, including works by the Old Masters (Vecellio's Madonna and Child with Saint Jerome and Saint Dorothy, Rembrandt van Rijn, Gerard de Lairesse, and Jozef Israëls), French Impressionists (such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh and Mary Cassatt), Dutch Renaissance, Scottish Colourists and exponents of the Glasgow School.

The museum houses Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí. The copyright of this painting was bought by the curator at the time after a meeting with Dalí himself. For a period between 1993 and 2006, the painting was moved to the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.

The museum also contains a large gift of the decorative arts from Anne Hull Grundy, an art collector and philanthropist, covering the history of European jewellery in the 18th and 19th centuries.


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Founded: 1901
Category: Museums in United Kingdom


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User Reviews

Paul Whyte (5 months ago)
Want to see it all.....a full day might do it! So much to see and experience. Thank you to the people of Scotland for providing free access to this wonderful collection. Be sure to leave a donation in one of the boxes near each entry point!.... Try to be around for the short organ recital usually around 1 pm.
Louise Bikeri (SkyscraperKenya) (6 months ago)
I think this is one of the most beautiful buildings you spot as a tourist in town, it pulls you in and make you yearn to see more of the city, well atlist it did for me. And if you're an art lover, you'll be stepping I to heaven. There's places to sit, it's en-route of the site seeing bus as a bus stop is just I front of it. A walking distance to the University of Glasgow which is beautiful as well!
Aditya Agarwal (6 months ago)
Absolutely loved this place. Scottish history is showcased on multiple floors, including paintings, weapons, pottery, armour, wildlife. Overall, a 3-4 hour activity, and is located in close proximity to the University of Glasgow which is another place to visit. The museum visit is absolutely free.
Elizabeth Walch (7 months ago)
Beautiful architecture & building! Try to time your visit with the 1pm organ recital. The antique built-in organ is huge & its music is wonderful. The exhibits are spread through 2 galleries. One has animals & a nature theme - great for kids.
Gill D (20 months ago)
What a great place. Amazing building. Full of treasures, brilliant selection of art work, historical treasures and natural history sections. All displayed clearly with easy to understand information. Best selection we’d seen in one place for a long time. Thoroughly enjoyed our day here. Good cafe too. Highly recommended
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