Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Dumbarton Road
Stirling and Falkirk




01786 471917

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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

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.

Peter Yates: Bridges between Imagination and Reality

  • 23 January — 8 March 2015 *on now

This exhibition, from Stirling - born artist Peter Yates, is part retrospective and part new work. Some of the works have been inspired by wind farms. Although wind farms are Scotland's fastest growing renewable energy technology and are prominent on the landscape in many parts of Scotland, few artists have found them to be a source of inspiration. Many people consider them to be a blot on the landscape and a disadvantage to tourism.

Perhaps this has something to do with the newness of the technology. The Dutch Masters, from Brueghel the Elder to Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Van Gogh had no issues with the windmills which graced the landscape of the Netherlands. Although only 1000 windmills survive from the estimated 10,000 there in the 1850s, tourists, inspired by generations of Dutch landscape painters, travel to the Netherlands in the expectation of enjoying the sight of windmills there.

Through his art, Peter Yates is inviting the viewer to look at the landscape and consider it again.  For the most part, Yates works on calm and peaceful images involving the light of the seasons and seeks to engage with beauty. He works on the principle that art reveals beauty and peace to the viewer.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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.

Discover Scottish Land Records

  • 11 March 2015 7:30-9pm

The CENTRAL SCOTLAND FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY was formed in 1990 to serve the needs of those interested in family history who lived in what was then Central Region. This means that as well as the old counties of Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire and West Perthshire, the Society covers the parishes of Bo'ness and Carridenwhich were in West Lothian.

While of particular value to people whose forebears come from these parishes and from the villages and burghs of Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire and West Perthshire, the Society, through its links to similar groups in Scotland and elsewhere, can be of service to family historians generally.

Suitable for


Non members are welcome at meetings although there is a small charge of £2.


The Battle of Sherrifmuir - Stirling Local History Society

  • 26 March 2015 7:30-8:30pm

Bill Inglis speaks on “ The Battle of Sherrifmuir”

Suitable for


Historic Scotland's National Conservation Centre - The Friends of the Smith Lecture Series

  • 30 March 2015 7:30-9pm

Colin Tennant , Head of Traditional Skills & Materials at Historic Scotland, on the new centre due to open soon in Forthside, Stirling

Suitable for


Admission at the door £5 (Friends of the Smith £4) includes tea/coffee and biscuits


Doune Pistols: Dr David Caldwell- Stirling Local History Society

  • 30 April 2015 7:30-8:30pm

AGM and Dr David Caldwell speaks on “Doune Pistols”

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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.