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.
Late Afternoon, Pamela McMahon, Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Mood Light and Colour

  • 25 November 2016 — 29 January 2017 *on now

Pamela lives in the Port of Menteith on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

The subject matter of much of Pamela's paintings is what she refers to as 'intimate landscapes' as her preference is to paint scenes/landscapes that are a part of her everyday life. Country lanes, trees, fields and hills, her garden and places that catch her attention when on holiday or out and about with family or friends.

But her aim is never just to paint a 'pretty' landscape or scene - the light and the mood must be special or extraordinary.

Pamela seeks those times when a familiar place is transformed by light into something unusually beautiful and colourful – winter sun turning tree tops gold and red - spring sunshine creating shadows full of colour and movement - the glare of summer sun on a path – a shining swathe of flowers – in other words, life-affirming moments that never last for long but, if you are fortunate enough to witness them, demand you stand and stare.

Pamela uses her own photographs as reference or 'jumping off' points. Working with acrylic paints and inks, she uses colour, texture and movement to create images of the special and magical moments she has witnessed so that others can enjoy those moments too.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Summer Dawn on Loch Tay, David Paterson

Landscape and nature in Breadalbane

  • 25 November 2016 — 5 February 2017 *on now

"LANDSCAPE AND NATURE IN BREADALBANE” - David Paterson’s second exhibition in the Stirling Museum and Art Gallery - consists of some 65-70 photographs, presented as moderately-large, high-quality digital prints.

The main emphasis is on landscape but flora and fauna are represented also, with the intention of giving a comprehensive account of all that Breadalbane offers.

David Paterson quite deliberately puts forward the proposition that the region stands very high in the ranks of Scottish landscapes, and indeed competes very well with the more emotive names such as Skye, Torridon and Wester Ross. The photography dwells at length on Breadalbane’s atmospheric forests and woodlands, on the tranquil hour before sunrise, and on the ringing silence of the mountains. It is a plea to enjoy, and to help preserve, the great store of natural beauty that is Breadalbane.

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
40 Albert Place
Dumbarton Road
Stirling and Falkirk




01786 471917

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