Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

Address: Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 287 3050

- Free


Glasgow’s cultural beating heart, this gallery showcases the best in modern Scottish art.

My personal favourite museum in the city, GoMA is housed in an elegant 18th-century Neo-Classical building and is the focal point for the trendy Royal Exchange Square. Featuring work by local, national and international artists, the gallery is the second most popular contemporary art centre outside of London. Exhibits are changed regularly so it is definitely worth visiting more than once: last time I visited, there was a series of thought provoking paintings by local hero Peter Howson on display. On GoMA’s front steps, the statue of the Duke of Wellington – with an orange traffic cone balanced on his head – has come to symbolise the city’s good humour and wayward attitude to authority. Despite numerous attempts from the local council authorities to remove the cone, they eventually gave up after it kept cheekily reappearing the following day.

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Under Royal Exchange Square’s fairy lights, the building is one of the most photogenic place in the city at night.

Downstairs there is a relaxing library and café, home to an extensive collection of art and design coffee table books.

GoMA runs a major biennial programme addressing social issues and is heavily involved in community outreach projects.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Trendiness
  • Art
  • Design and architecture