Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery Exterior
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Founded with the Bequest of Thomas Stuart Smith (1814-1869), the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum opened in 1874.
Built in the Italianate style & designed by John Lessels, the museum stands within its own grounds below Stirling Castle.
The Smith provides Stirling with a museum service and a focus for the historical & cultural life of its people.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Library, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 10.30-17.00
Sun 14.00-17.00

Closed: Mondays

Admission charges

Admission Free

Getting there

From junction 10 on the M9 follow the signs for Stirling Castle which will be on your left. You will pass the museum as you enter the built up area of the city.

Additional info

Bona fide researchers may make appointments to view works or artefacts not on public display.

The original Bequest includes paintings by British & European artists of the 19th centuries, as well as a major collection of works by the founder T.S. Smith.
The fine art collection has been enhanced by gifts, donations & purchases since 1874, and now includes work by Scottish artists from 19th century to the present.
Other aspects of the collection are Scottish & local history, archaeology, costume, numismatics, ethnography & natural history.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Aviation, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Law and Order, Literature, Maritime, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Performing Arts, Personalities, Photography, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Thomas Stuart Smith (1814-1869): The Pipe of Freedom
  • Johannes Vosterman (1643-1699) : Stirling in the Time of the Stuarts
  • Hugh Howard(1675-1737): Portrait of Arcangelo Corelli
  • Cosmo Alexander (1742-1772): Portrait of Charles Edward Stuart
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds(1723-92): Portrait of Harriet Dutens
  • Collection of English watercolours 18th-19th centuries.
  • Collection of oil studies by Sir George Harvey (1806-1876)
  • Collection of topographical views of Stirling
  • Representative works by the founders of the Scottish School, Glasgow Boys, Cambuskenneth artists and other local artists.
  • Pre-historic whale bones
  • Medieval pottery
  • Rare 15th century Figure of Justice
  • Jacobite collections
  • The Stirling Jug - standard Scots measure
  • Cloak & axe of the Stirling Hangman (19th century)
  • World War 2 Dolls House
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image is of Red and White Tulips, 1959, Anne Redpath (1895-1965)

20th Century Art in the Smith Collections

  • 4 March — 14 August 2016 *on now

20th century art with a Stirling twist

The latest exhibition from the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum collections, focuses on the change of contemporary style over a period of 100 years.

The twentieth century art on show is very much from the Stirling point of view. The work of Helen Flockhart, one of the most accomplished painters of her generation, is well known, as is that of her partner Peter Thomson. The award-winning works for the Smith’s 1996 Brave Art Exhibition, now in the Smith’s collection, are featured in the exhibition, together with similar themed work by Joan Sommerville and Graeme Myles.

Six battles which changed the course of Scottish History took place in and around Stirling and it is not surprising that Bannockburn features, in the form of Pilkington Jackson’s maquette of the King of Scots in Battle, completed in 1968.

Many artists who lived and worked in the Stirling area are featured – Nellie Harvey (1865-1949) niece of Sir George Harvey PRSA, John Munnoch, M.Fleming Struthers, Steven Campbell and Sir D Y Cameron, it is thanks to the generosity of Cameron that the Smith owns the stunning portrait of the artist Cecile Walton, painted in 1913.
Although the exhibition has many beautiful Stirling scenes there are also significant works by Scots from Elsewhere – Crozier, Gilles, Lesley Banks and a host of others.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


The 3d Reconstruction of the Lost Tomb of Robert the Bruce

The Lost Tomb of Robert the Bruce

  • 7 August — 2 October 2016

For the first time in 550 years, a true replica of the long lost tomb of King Robert the Bruce has been recreated. Specialists working with the few marble fragments found with the discovery of his body in 1818 have used the latest digital technology to reconstruct the tomb. A digital printer has produced a 3D model of the tomb. This is its first public showing.


Free Admission


Getting there

From junction 10 on the M9 follow the signs for Stirling Castle which will be on your left. You will pass the museum as you enter the built up area of the city.

Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
40 Albert Place
Dumbarton Road
Stirling and Falkirk




01786 471917

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