Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
0141 276 9500
Text Phone Number
0141 276 9500/9511
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.
Monday: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday: 11am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
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.
Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Natural Sciences, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures
Looking at World War One
- 11 July 2014 — 11 July 2015 *on now
Pictures and sculpture can sometimes convey feeling and emotion more powerfully than words. This was recognised in WWI by the British government which set up a Picture Department in 1916 as part of its Propaganda Bureau in order to influence public opinion about the war and promote Britain’s war effort.
The artists in this display had different feelings about the war and its consequences. Through their choice of colour, texture and shape they encourage reflection on issues such as power and sacrifice, conscientious objection and immigration.
Looking at WWI offers the opportunity to pause and reflect at a time of national and international WWI centenary commemorations.
- Any age
The Great Big Museum Bus Tour
- 16 May 2015 10am-5pm
Just when you think you haven't been to a museum for a while, three (well, five!) come along at once! This fantastic hop-on, hop-off bus tour is the ideal way to enjoy some of the best museums in the city - just relax and leave it all to your own personal chauffeur! Each museum will be showcasing a different traditional craft with inspiring practical demonstrations and lots of opportunities to try them out for yourself! At Kelvingrove, we're thrilled to have teamed up with the Scottish Crannog Centre - how often do you get to try out some underwater archaeology in the heart of Glasgow! Our Crannog cronies have left their Loch Tay lair to give this fascinating glimpse into Bronze Age life and crafts. And once you've put down your spade, you can find out what other exciting events are happening at the Burrell Collection, Scotland Street School Museum, Riverside Museum and Gallery of Modern Art. Next stop, driver!
Activities are free. There is a small charge for the bus.
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.
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.