Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom
0141 276 9599

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sarahelaine sarahela…
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Kelvingrove Museum Feb 22, 2011
The Kelvingrove is a large, grand museum in Glasgow. It has displays on a wide range of things, from fossil giant elks and ichthyosaurs through ancient Egypt to domestic violence, mental health and sectarianism in Glasgow and the art of the Scottish Colourists, Glasgow Boys and Charles Rennie Macintosh. There are also various things from the Victorian Great Exhibitions held in the area.

It is very child friendly, too. Apart from the fascination most small children seem to have with fossils and ancient Egypt, there are lots of buttons to press and places to crawl through and displays at child height. There seemed to be a lot of very happy children in the museum when I was there, mostly clustered

around the natural history part, the skeletons and the sarcophagus.



The most famous exhibit in the museum is the magnificent Dali painting of Christ, but it was on loan somewhere else when I visited.



The natural history section has a stuffed haggis. The display talks about the conflicting beliefs that haggis is either a small hairy animal with two legs longer than the other two that runs round mountains, or sheep’s stomach filled with animal bits and oatmeal. The existence of the stuffed haggis hints at the former explanation. ;) it’s nice to see a museum not taking itself too seriously…


Another interesting feature is the giant organ, which was being played when I was visiting. It is very impressive, although I’m not sure the small child who was almost drowning it out agreed with me. I would imagine that having to listen to a great big organ is nowhere near as interesting as elk skeletons and dead things, or perhaps ice cream, when you’re four. I enjoyed it, though.



It is a magnificent red brick late Victorian building (opened 1901, so it just qualifies), reminding everyone that there was a time when Glasgow was one of the richest and most cultured cities in the Empire. The architecture is stunning, including the ornate grills covering the heating vents, which are big enough to walk through.



Entrance is free, although they do ask for a donation. There is (of course) a café, a gift shop, an art shop and a special children’s shop. There’s also a small outdoor café selling ice cream, burgers and coffee across the car park, which may well be cheaper. The museum is right next to Kelvingrove park so any

children who have been particularly good can be taken to play in the playpark.
The Museum
Main Hall (Life section)
The Famous Grouse
A Haggis
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joe joe
2 reviews
Live Organ Music Jul 10, 2009
Go when they're playing the giant church organ in the central hall. It adds a new dimension to browse natural history and art while listening to live organ music.
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Best Museum in Glasgow May 15, 2008
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is Glasgow and Scotland's premier museum and art gallery it is one of Europe's great civic art collections. Since its refurbishment the museum is the most popular free to enter visitor attraction in Scotland and the most visited museum in the United Kingdom outside London.

The construction of Kelvingrove was partly financed by the proceeds of the 1888 International Exhibition held in Kelvingrove Park. The gallery was designed by Sir John W. Simpson and E.J. Milner Allen and opened in 1901.

*The museum houses Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí*

Kelvingrove reopened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 11 July 2006 after a three-year closure for major refurbishment. The work cost over £28m and includes a new restaurant and a large basement extension to its display space to accommodate the 8000 exhibits now on display
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