Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Argyle Street
G3 8AG


Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

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Kelvingrove Refurbishment



0141 276 9599

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0141 276 9500/9511


0141 276 9540

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'One of the greatest civic collections in Europe' - Neil MacGregor, Director of The National Gallery, London

One of the finest civic collections in Europe is housed within this Glasgow landmark. Here you can explore collections that include everything from fine and decorative arts to archaeology and the natural world.

The number of individual items in the natural history department alone is vast. You can admire Sir Roger the Elephant or wonder at 300-million-year-old fossils of marine life from the Glasgow area.

The re-designed Kelvingrove creates a more accessible and visitor friendly attraction, with better and larger shops, café and toilet facilities. There will be more objects on display than ever before within our 19 major galleries and a wide range of educational and learning facilities for all age groups.

The intention is to create a 21st Century Museum in Glasgow’s favourite Edwardian building and build an exciting future on a proud past.

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Opening hours

Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm

Admission charges

Free. Some charges fro temporary exhibitions (under 16s free).

The collection of arms and armour is one of the finest in the world, and in this country is equalled only by the Royal Armouries and by the Wallace Collection in London. Among its many treasures is the earliest near-complete field armour in the world (the famous 'Avant' armour, made in Milan c1440). Also in the collection is the impressive and unique armour for man and horse made for William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, c1550.

The magnificent fine art collection, which includes many outstanding European artworks, will be closed from mid-March 2003. However, you can still see key works from the collection at the McLellan Galleries, where they will be on display until the reopening of Kelvingrove in early 2006.

The distinctive building that houses the collections is located in the beautiful surroundings of Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow’s West End. It was opened in its present form in 1902 and remains the greatest achievement in the UK of the Victorian Municipal Museum Movement. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum attracts more than one million visitors each year. It is the second most popular visitor attraction in Scotland and the most visited museum in the UK outside London.

Whatever your interests, you will find something at Kelvingrove to fire your imagination.

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Natural Sciences, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

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

How Glasgow Flourished, 1714–1837

  • 18 April — 17 August 2014 *on now

Discover how Glasgow grew into a city of global importance throughout the 1700s right up until the start of Queen Victoria’s reign. See Highlights

How Glasgow Flourished, 1714 - 1837

  • 18 April — 17 August 2014 *on now

Discover how Glasgow grew into a city of global importance throughout the 1700s right up until the start of Queen Victoria's reign. Quite simply it was the people that made the city flourish. See how a few fabulously wealthy businessmen, the conscientious city's workers and the industries and great inventions made all of this happen. Learn how to make millions, see what life was like for slaves and workers and find out what still remains from that period in Glasgow today.

This will be the newest temporary exhibition to be shown in the RBS gallery space on the Lower Ground Floor.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Kelvingrove Community Space Exhibition, 1+1: Life and Love

  • 1 May — 31 July 2014

The Balkan museums network shares a rich, diverse heritage across borders and identities. This exhibition highlights the role of culture in the process of reconciliation.

Turning Point Scotland: display of artwork

  • 16 — 20 June 2014

A display of mixed media artwork, exploring ‘Scotland and what it means to be Scottish’. Created by service users in Ayr and Dumfries.

GENERATION: David Sherry

  • 27 — 28 June 2014

A national exhibition for 2014, celebrating the wealth of contemporary art that has developed in Scotland, over the last 25 years. Over 60 venues are participating in this unique programme. Please find further details at

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Festival of Museums - Kelvingrove Tea Party

  • 17 May 2014

Come to our special tea parties held in the magnificent Centre Hall! Tea and cakes will be served, along with music from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Socialise at our large communal tables!


Tickets £5 + booking fee Tickets can be collected on the day.

The Great Glasgow-Style Bake Off

  • 17 May 2014 10am-3pm

Forget Mary Berry because, bakers, this is your great Glasgow-style ‘show-stopper’ challenge! Kelvingrove want you to create your very own showstopper cake themed around Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, which will go on display in Kelvingrove’s stunning Centre Hall for visitors to drool over. If you fancy yourself as the next Nigella or Paul Hollywood then simply register your submission in advance and then get cracking with the eggs, flour and water. Whilst the cakes will be judged on taste and technique by a top team of culinary connoisseurs, it’s the visitors who’ll vote for best design so be sure to make your creation striking as well as scrumptious.


Cake at Kelvingrove

  • 17 May 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

One lump or two? Savour the delights of a freshly-brewed pot of tea and a little something for that sweet tooth in the truly magnificent Centre Hall of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Festooned with Mackintosh-inspired decorations created by visitors in the lead up to the event, the day will also be a treat for the ears with musical entertainment provided by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Share the experience with friends and meet new people in this unique but informal atmosphere. Visitors for the afternoon session will also be a part of the excitement of finding out the winners of our Great Glasgow Style bake-off. (Also a Festival of Museums event!)


£5 per person for tea or coffee and cakes.


Arthur Short Big Band

  • 18 May 2014 3-4pm

Music from the Big Band Era of the 30's 40's and 50's featuring toe-tapping songs from greats such as Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey.

Friday Focus

  • 18 May — 17 August 2014

These informal gallery based sessions offer 'bites of knowledge' about our favourite objects and paintings on display. Topics change each week.

Creative Writing for Adults: inspired by French Art

  • 22 May 2014 2-4:15pm

Professional writer Brian Whittingham hosts this workshop for beginners and more experienced writers. Study the artworks and respond to them creatively.


Advance book: 0141 276 9505

In Harmony Choir

  • 25 May 2014 3-4pm

A concert of popular choral music sung by In Harmony - an adult community choir based in Giffnock, with organist Alan Gillon.

Baroque Music

  • 29 May 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Hear the music that Glaswegians enjoyed during the 'How Glasgow Flourished' period. In association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Creative Writing for Adults: inspired by French Art

  • 31 May 2014 2-4:15pm

Professional writer Brian Whittingham hosts this workshop for beginners and more experienced writers. Study the artworks and respond to them creatively.


Advance book: 0141 276 9505

A View From Here

  • 3 — 22 June 2014

An exhibition documenting the heritage of the high flats in two iconic districts of Glasgow, as told by the asylum seekers, refugees and local Scots who live there.

Circle Dancing For All

  • 4 June 2014 2-4pm

Celebrate the Commonwealth. Join in with circle dancers from all over Scotland and the North of England. Funded by the ‘Celebrate’ Lottery Fund (logo)

Creative Workshops for adults with learning disabilities

  • 16 — 20 June 2014

For Learning Disability Week we are offering a programme of workshops involving a short tour of the galleries and creative activities. Individuals or groups welcome.


advance book: 0141 276 9505


  • 18 June 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Scenes from Shakespeare performed by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, to commemorate some long journeys made, which have helped Glasgow to flourish.

Close Shave Barbershop Chorus

  • 22 June 2014 3-4pm

Scotland's top Barbershop Choir performs the popular American songs written by composers Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstein and more.

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.

Family Weekends

Come along and join our happy team of learning assistants and try something different each week from art to arms and armour. Available every weekend throughout the year, from 12.00-16.00 and suitable for all ages.

How to obtain

Activities are free and drop-in. Call the museum on 0141 2769500 for further details.

Nature Club

The Kelvingrove Museum Nature Club is for children aged 8-12 years. Sessions are 11.30-13.00 every other Saturday and include gallery tours, specimen handling, hands-on activities and games.

How to obtain

Children can choose to come along to every session or just the ones that interest them. All sessions are free. To book a place, phone 0141 276 9569.