Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow (must see)

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum underwent a three-year renovation and reopened its doors in 2006. Since then, it has become one of Scotland's most popular attractions, offering free admission, and it stands as the most frequented museum in the UK outside of London.

This institution boasts an impressive collection of arms and armor, renowned worldwide, along with an extensive natural history assortment. The art collection is equally noteworthy, featuring exceptional European artworks, including pieces by renowned artists like Rembrandt van Rijn, Gerard de Lairesse, and Jozef Israëls from the Old Masters era. Additionally, it houses works by French Impressionists like Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, and Mary Cassatt, as well as Dutch Renaissance, Scottish Colourists, and representatives of the Glasgow School.

Notably, the museum is home to Salvador Dalí's "Christ of Saint John of the Cross," with an interesting history: the curator acquired the copyright for this painting after a meeting with Dalí himself. For a period spanning from 1993 to 2006, the artwork was temporarily relocated to the Saint Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.

Furthermore, within its walls, the museum holds a substantial donation of decorative arts by Anne Hull Grundy, an art collector and philanthropist. This collection provides insight into the history of European jewelry during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Why You Should Visit:
Easy to reach, very family-friendly, with lots to see, plus reasonably priced shops & café, and the glorious organ recital in the afternoon is a real bonus.

Tip:
The best way to get an overview is to go on one of the daily, free tours – you might be surprised what you will learn.
At weekends and holidays, you can take part in one of the family activities throughout the exhibits.
If you're going to visit both the café & gift shop, go to the café first as they'll give you a voucher for 10% off in the gift shop.

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Sight Name: Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Sight Location: Glasgow, Scotland (See walking tours in Glasgow)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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