Built in 1856, the Galleries are named after their builder, Archibald McLellan. Following his death, Glasgow City Corporation bought the building, and it was used as an exhibition space.
In the 1980s the Galleries were ravaged by fire, but re-opened in 1990, following a £3 million restoration. This changed it from a general temporary exhibition space housing everything from trade shows to model railway exhibitions, to what was then the largest high-quality, air-conditioned, temporary exhibition space outside London.
The interior of the building is Category B listed. While Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is closed for refurbishment, the McLellan Galleries will host the Art Treasures of Kelvingrove exhibition from April 2003, a display of the city's best-loved art works. The Galleries were originally situated behind a frontage of shops, and this is still the case today.
The main entrance can be found amid the bustling shoppers on Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street, in the city centre, a few minutes away from train and underground stations.
Closed: 25th & 26th December
1st & 2nd January
Free. Charges may apply for some temporary exhibitions. Please see website for details.
Currently featuring 'Art Treasures of Kelvingrove', a collection of the finest pieces from the picture galleries of Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Galleries. This is a rare opportunity to see some of the finest examples of art under one roof.
Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology
Key artists and exhibits
- Constable, Turner, Whistler, Lowry, Peploe, Cadell, Botticelli, Lippi, Giorgione, Rembrandt, Teniers, Charles Rennie Mackintosh; Jessie M King; MacDonald sisters and others.
The Education and Access department at the McLellan Galleries are working on a project to develop resource boxes for families which will be used within the galleries.
At present, we are conducting a visitor survey about the galleries and the collections which will influence the development of the boxes.
How to obtain
Please visit website.
270 Sauchiehall Street
See McLellan Galleries online
0141 565 4100
0141 565 4111