Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery

Address: Argyll Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 276 9599

- Free


Art, sculpture, elephants and a Spitfire all under one roof: what’s not to like about that?

Ah the Kelvingrove. Scotland’s most popular museum and art gallery – and the most visited outside of London in the UK – is a bright monster, but not of the Loch Ness variety. Beyond its red sandstone and baroque façade, it is home to an eclectic mix of paintings, sculpture, natural history dioramas and plenty of interactive galleries for the kids. In truth, the Kelvingrove is a maze of 22 themed galleries and is the perfect base for a rainy afternoon, which may explain its popularity – I used to pester my parents almost constantly to take me here when I was young. Highlights include rooms dedicated to the Glasgow Boys art collective, a Charles Rennie Mackintosh tribute, Glasgow’s famous elephant Sir Roger and features on everything from dinosaurs to Ancient Egypt. The full-size Spitfire hanging from the roof is enough to excite even the oldest big kids.

Value for money

Price advice

Some temporary exhibitions are subject to an entry fee.

Expert tips

Art lovers should check out 'Christ of Saint John of the Cross' by Salvador Dalí, the city’s most famous artwork.

A climb to the top of nearby Kelvingrove Park affords fantastic view of the museum’s exterior.

With more than 8000 objects on display, it could take a while to see it all.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Education
  • Great views / scenery
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture