Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

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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.

Silver of the Stars

  • 9 October — 23 December 2015 *on now

A sparkling exhibition opens in Stirling on 9 October, courtesy of the Incorporation of goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh. It showcases the very best in Scottish contemporary silver.

The work of ten Scottish silver smiths is featured, through objects designed for ten international celebrities in the fields of film, fashion, music, theatre and literature.

Each pair has collaborated on the design for a piece of silver from which that could have ‘a drink with a close friend’. A collection of beautiful vessels, ranging from teapots to claret jugs, an Irn Bru cup and an absinthe goblet, has been created to delight and demonstrate the diversity of the technique and practice of Scotland’s top silversmiths.

The works are funny as well as fascinating from the point of view of craft and technique. Author Ian Rankin, working with artist John Creed had an Irn Bru jug, tumblers and tray, which reference the Forth Rail Bridge in his native Fife, created to accompany his fish and chips. Billy Connolly, paired with artist Coilin O’Dubhghaill of Glasgow, had a tricycle teapot, sugar bowl and banjo spoon made.

Other celebrities include Nicola Benedetti (hot chocolate pot and mugs), Lulu (a teapot), Sharleen Spiteri (teapot and cups) and Sir Cameron MacIntosh (claret jug and beakers).

In Stirlingshire, goldsmith Graham Stewart of Dunblane has been a star in his own right for a long time, and he will be leading workshops on the family day, Saturday 10 October at the Smith.

Stirling Provost Mike Robbins commented that:
‘the exhibition brings some glamour and sparkle to Stirling in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The Smith has long been known for its pewter collection, and we are delighted to have the best in contemporary Scottish silver ware on display’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

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
Dumbarton Road
Stirling and Falkirk




01786 471917

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