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Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

(2/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
The Gallery of Modern Art is the main gallery of contemporary art in Glasgow, Scotland.GoMA offers a programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops. GoMA displays work by local and international artists as well as addressing contemporary social issues through its major biannual projects.HistoryOpened in 1996, the Gallery of Modern Art is housed in a neoclassical building in Royal Exchange Square in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Built in 1778 as the townhouse of William Cunninghame of Lainshaw, a wealthy Glasgow Tobacco Lord, the building has undergone a series of different uses. It was bought in 1817 by the Royal Bank of Scotland who later moved onto Buchanan Street; it then became the Royal Exchange. Reconstruction for this use was undertaken by David Hamilton between 1827 and 1832 and resulted in many additions to the building, namely the Corinthian pillars to the Queen Street facade, the cupola above and the large hall to the rear of the old house.In 1954, Glasgow District Libraries moved the Stirling's Library into the building. When library returned to Miller Street, the building was refurbished to house the city's contemporary art collection.TodaySince its opening in 1996, the gallery has hosted several million visitors. It has a dedicated Education and Access studio, facilitating workshops and artists talks and in the basement a Learning Library. The building also contains a café, free Internet access terminals, multimedia, art, and general book-lending facilities. Exhibits include works by David Hockney, Sebastiao Salgado, and Andy Warhol as well as Scottish artists such as John Bellany and Ken Currie.
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  • I've been here a few times but nothing ever seems to change, it's a beautiful building with lovely lighting but there's not too much going on with the exhibits, however this may be because I visit Gla...  more »
  • Great place for modern art, recent exhibition on documentaries was good. Gallery shop was good, staff very pleasant. Also free to get in. 
  • Was stopped in my tracks by the horrendous lump of a building in the middle of merchant square. I don't know how I've missed it all these years, since I work around the corner. I don't know why they s...  more »
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  • One of my favourite galleries in the city. I might not like everything all the time, but it's free, so who cares! I can always come back in a few weeks and find something new to enjoy.
  • A wonderful public facility - library, coffee place, clean toilets, lovely gift shop but pretty miserable staff and I have to agree with some of the other reviewers, the changing art exhibits are usually boring beyond belief! A central building really not used to its full potential. Such a missed opportunity! You should be exhibit differing local artists, in different genres, not pieces of string, circles and empty boxes crap!
  • Nice building. Weird exhibitions. A bit empty.
  • What a complete waste of this beautiful building. Most of the walls exhibit nothing but white paint. Such a shame that the people who run this place haven't got a bloody clue.
  • Bloody terrible. a lady gave me a dirty look, and nothing was done about it. was not interesting, please be more interesting.