Museums and Art Galleries

The Glasgow Social Wiki has a large list of museums.


Located in Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow’s West End, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is a multi-turreted maze of a building, it’s gorgeous red stonework both arresting and imposing - especially when lit up at night. Visitors could easily spend a whole day inside and still have plenty to occupy them a second time. Famous exhibits to be found within it’s walls are a retrospective on The Glasgow Boys, a whole room dedicated to Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four, and Salvador Dali’s breathtaking painting ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’, which frequently has queues out the door. Entry is free to the museum in general, however some special exhibits may charge a fee. Special hint: the building is also home to a huge organ, and recitals are held daily at 1pm, and on Sundays at 3pm, so aim for a lunchtime visit (and stop by the lovely cafe!)

The Gallery of Modern Art is in the heart of the city and is home to four galleries, changing exhibitions and even a library. No entry fees apply, opening hours are 10-5 Monday-Thursday and Saturday, and 11-5 Friday and Sunday.

My favourite work of art/vandalism in the UK. - Banksy

Glasgow’s arguably most famous sculpture, the Equestrian Statue of the Duke of Wellington, stands proudly right outside the Gallery of Modern Art. The Duke’s statue has for at least the past forty years, more often than not, been found wearing a traffic cone as a hat, and has become something of a tourist landmark in the city because of this. You can, at various souvenir shops in the city, find his image on t-shirts, mugs, notebooks etc (fun fact, there is even a Lego kit of the statue - including the cone!)


Glasgow Science Centre is just over the Millennium Bridge opposite the SEC. It’s full of things for the whole family to do and see, including interactive exhibitions, a planetarium and occasionally films are shown there on an IMAX screen. Exhibitions change frequently and booking for some events is advised.

The St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is located to the east of Glasgow City Centre, just beyond the Merchant City district. It has been described as the only museum in the world which is solely focused on religious life and history. It is named after the city's patron saint, who brought religion to the city in the 6th Century.

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