Gallery of Modern Art

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GoMA is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside London, offering a thought-provoking programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops. The focus of the Gallery is on contemporary social issues, often featuring groups marginalized in today’s society. Opened in 1996, the Gallery of Modern Art is housed in an elegant, neo-classical building in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Refurbished to house the city’s contemporary art collection, the building is an appealing combination of old and new architecture, incorporating a number of artists’ commissions. The GoMA Library is a resource of books and information on art and artists. As well as holding a series of events, the library has a training suite both for hire and for general public use; 22 PCs for use by the public on a drop-in basis; a fax machine and photocopying facility; as well as a café selling food and refreshments.

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Opening hours

Monday-Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Closed: 25th & 26th December
1st & 2nd January

Admission charges

Free. However, some temporary exhibitions may carry an admission fee.

Additional info

The Gallery of Modern Art currently has wheelchair access to main gallery areas. Male and female toilets are accessible to wheelchair users, and the café is also accessible to wheelchair users.

Collection details

Film and Media, Fine Art, Performing Arts, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Ballet of the Pallete

  • 20 February 2015 — 24 June 2016 *on now

The Ballet of the Palette is an exhibition of 20th century paintings selected form Glasgow Museums' collection.

These paintings have been chosen by contemporary artists who exhibited work in the 2013 exhibition, A Picture Show.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Ripples on the Pond

  • 1 May 2015 — 3 April 2016 *on now

Ripples on the Pond is a Glasgow Museums’ collection exhibition and is designed as a conversation between works by women on paper and moving image. It takes as the starting point recent acquisitions from the Glasgow Women’s Library 21 Revolutions series, relating them to other works from collection and sparking questions about gender and media choice in relation to women’s practice and visibility.

Ripples on the Pond Affiliate: Thinking Collections' (a University of Glasgow programme funded by Creative Scotland)and Modern Edinburgh Film School, along with LUX Scotland and Glasgow Women’s Library.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Art and Design provision for secondary pupils at Glasgow Museums

Our programme for 2004 offers a range of talks, workshops and activities for secondary pupils studying Art and Design.
Workshops can be tailored for any year group

How to obtain

For further information, or to book sessions, please call the the Museum Education Service on 0141 565 4112/3.

GoMA Education Events Mailing List

If you would like to find out about forthcoming education events and activities at GOMA, why not join our education mailing list.
Send your name, email and postal address to

Saturday Art Club

Lively practical art activities in the galleries designed for children aged 3-12 years, and their parents. Find fun ways to explore the art on display with drawing, collage, sculpture making and games. Come along every Saturday 10.30-13.00. Sessions are led by our professional art educators, with different activities each week, so come along and get arty.

How to obtain

Workshops are free, welcoming to all and you can just drop in. Call the galleries on 0141 287 3050 for more information.

Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Exchange Square
G1 3AH


Sanctuary website



0141 229 1996


0141 204 5316

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