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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Argyle Street
Glasgow
Pop-up Glasgow MapG3 8AG
Tel +44 (0) 141 287 2699
Email museums@cls.glasgow.gov.uk

Venue Intro:

One of the finest civic collections in Europe is housed within this Glasgow landmark. Here you can explore collections that include everything from fine and decorative arts to archaeology and the natural world. The number of individual items in the natural history department alone is vast. You can admire Sir Roger the Elephant or wonder at 300-million-year-old fossils of marine life from the Glasgow area.

The collection of arms and armour is one of the finest in the world, and in this country is equalled only by the Royal Armouries and by the Wallace Collection in London. Among its many treasures is the earliest near-complete field armour in the world (the famous 'Avant' armour, made in Milan c1440). Also in the collection is the impressive and unique armour for man and horse made for William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, c1550.

You can still see key works from the magnificent fine art collection, which includes many outstanding European artworks, at the McLellan Galleries, where they will be on display until the reopening of Kelvingrove in early 2006.

The distinctive building that houses the collections is located in the beautiful surroundings of Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow’s West End. It was opened in its present form in 1902 and remains the greatest achievement in the UK of the Victorian Municipal Museum Movement. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum attracts more than one million visitors each year. It is the second most popular visitor attraction in Scotland and the most visited museum in the UK outside London.

Getting There:

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is located in picturesque Kelvin Park in the popular West End of the city.

  • Opening Hours:
    Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am–5pm; Friday and Sunday 11am–5pm
  • By Subway:
    5 minutes’ walk from Kelvin Hall Subway station.
  • By Train:
    15 minutes’ walk from Partick rail station.
  • By Bus:
    First Bus services 9, 16, 18, 42, 62 and 64 all stop outside Kelvingrove.
  • Facilities:
    Free Guided Tours; Gallery Shop; Café; Male and Female Toilets; Wheelchair Access; Free Parking.

Disability Info:

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum currently has wheelchair access and a lift to main gallery areas. Both male and female toilets are accessible to wheelchair users, and the café is also accessible to wheelchair users.

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