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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

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See one of Europe's best publicly owned art collections at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Tour the 22 galleries containing some 8,000 items, such as works from Scottish and European artists and ancient artifacts from around the world. Some of the highlights include one of the UK's best collections of paintings from the Dutch Old Masters and French Impressionists, galleries of Scottish art from the Glasgow Old Boys and Scottish Colourists, and artifacts from early Scottish settlements. You can download the museum's tour guide app to help make your visit more informative. The site has a cafe, coffee shop, and cloakroom. Plan your Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Glasgow using our Glasgow vacation planner.
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  • Really enjoyed the museum! It's a really eclectic mix of exhibits! . One nursery group of kids kept climbing on the exhibits which annoyed me a lot, the staff just seemed to watch. Not really fault of...  more »
  • Besides the fantastic Dali painting ... this museum is full of lots of interesting tidbits . Scotland had a huge trade going on with the world and examples are here .  more »
  • Kelvingrove museum is astonishing, A really wonderful gem in the city of Glasgow. I suggest to everyone to take at least a couple of hours to visit it.  more »
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  • This museum is definitely worth a visit. We saw a special exhibition on comics that was very well done and contained a lot of new information and interesting exhibits. But also the regular exhibitions are very well done. We liked especially the parts on (early) Scottish history and on Mackintosh. The museum goes to great efforts to make things accessible to children, using interactive displays and a straightforward language. If you are there at the right time (weekend?, 1pm), make sure to attend the organ recital in the main hall. From James Bond to the Donau Waltz, you won't be disappointed.
  • Really interesting and varied free museum and galley (though you can make a donation of course). Has a mix of everything from Scottish history, natural history and wildlife, weapons and armour, and a range of artworks, including Dali. Oh and a Spitfire that barely fits into the room it is hung in! We spent a good couple of hours in here, not expecting to, but there was plenty to see and the variety worked for a group of 5 of us of a wide spread of ages. The building itself is stunning, and wandering around its interior is worth a trip itself.
  • I tend to visit this museum during the week and I love to just wander around. It tends to be quite quiet during the weekdays, so it is the perfect place to relax and either read or get some work done. It has a great variety of artwork and history and the building is beautiful.
  • Just like in the Riverside Museum I was missing a concept or the idea behind the collections. I don't know why this place has so many 5 star reviews. The free admission is really a great thing and I appreciate it a lot. But just throwing various pieces of art together randomly does not make a great museum. The building itself is wonderful and so are a few paintings. Other than that it was a disappointment.
  • Its Just a special place in Glasgow since aerly days primary school this place always draws me back to it. The building is just stunning the works of art upstairs let you see some best artists and painters in world. Ground level you have spitfire on display flying over elephant. lots to do for all family with cafe and shop the museum is free entry. yes free entry if your on holiday pop in check it out. underground is 5 mins walk and buses stop outside.

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