Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Argyle Street
Glasgow
Strathclyde
G3 8AG
Scotland

Website

E-mail

info@glasgowlife.org.uk

Telephone

0141 276 9599

Text Phone Number

0141 276 9500/9511

Fax

0141 276 9540

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum

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.
Glasgow Museums object from WW1

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Object created as part of the project with Combat Stress

Getting Creative with Combat Stress

  • 2 August — 16 November 2014 *on now

This moving exhibition highlights the work of ex-Service men in the care of Combat Stress - the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity - as they strive to overcome psychological injuries incurred in military life through the therapeutic medium of art.

It forms part of Kelvingrove's WW1 commemorations which look at contemporary issues for Veterans today.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.

Let's Print

  • 26 — 29 September 2014

Draw your favourite animal, object or artwork in the museum, then roll up your sleeves and get printing! Make one to take home and one for our temporary display.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Glasgow Style Family Weekend

  • 11 — 12 October 2014 2-4pm

On Saturday, take inspiration from our display of colourful glasswork to create decorated tea light holders. On Sunday we’ll be making stunning handmade cards. Part of the Creative Mackintosh Festival. Places are limited and allocated on the day.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Viking Week

  • 13 — 17 October 2014

Take part in a range of Viking themed activities. Dress up, hear some Viking sagas, write in Viking runes and handle replica objects.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
photograph of butterfly on foliage

Beautiful Butterflies

  • 13 October 2014 11am-3pm

Butterflies can be colourful or they can be camouflaged. Come and investigate some of our incredible collections and find out where butterflies come from.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Little Vikings

  • 14 October 2014 11:30am-12:15pm

Come on board our Long Boat, and join us on an interactive Viking adventure.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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The Big Draw: It's Our World

  • 18 — 19 October 2014 1:30-4pm

Contribute to a large-scale, collaborative drawing representing the world around us. How can we live in harmony with nature and provide wildlife with an urban home? Delivered in partnership with the RSPB.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age
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

http://www.glasgowmuseums.com/venue/showEvent.cfm?venueid=4&itemid=1096

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

http://www.glasgowmuseums.com/venue/showEvent.cfm?venueid=4&itemid=994

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.

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