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Glasgow Museums

Glasgow is home to a world-class collection of museums, covering a wide range of subjects from art and history to science and technology.

Glasgow Museums

About Glasgow Museums

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Whether you want to find out more about an artist, come with your class to see how we used to live, see the latest in contemporary art, or simply meet a friend for coffee, there is a museum for you!

Admission to all Glasgow Life museums is free, most have café facilities and a shop, and they warmly welcome children. A small entry charge may apply to some temporary exhibitions. The National Trust for Scotland manages Pollok House on behalf of Glasgow City Council and charges apply during summer months.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: This is Glasgow's most popular museum, with a collection of over 8,000 works of art from around the world. Explore the 22 galleries and discover everything from art to animals, Ancient Egypt to Charles Rennie Mackintosh and so much more.

Riverside Museum: This museum tells the story of Glasgow's shipbuilding and maritime history. It has a collection of over 2,000 exhibits, including ships, boats, and marine engines. Visitors can also learn about the history of shipbuilding in Glasgow and Scotland.

The Burrell Collection: This is one of the finest art collections in the world, with over 8,000 works of art from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Highlights include paintings by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Monet; sculptures by Rodin and Michelangelo; and decorative arts from China and Japan.

Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA): This museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art. It has a collection of over 5,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, and installations. Visitors can also see temporary exhibitions of new and emerging artists.

People's Palace and Winter Gardens: This museum tells the story of Glasgow's working class history. It has a collection of over 50,000 objects, including furniture, clothing, and household goods. Visitors can also see the Winter Gardens, a beautiful Victorian glasshouse with over 2,000 plants.

Provand's Lordship: This is a 15th century merchant's house, one of the oldest buildings in Glasgow. It has been restored to its original condition and now tells the story of life in Glasgow in the 15th century.

Scotland Street School Museum: This is a former school that has been converted into a museum. It tells the story of education in Glasgow from the 19th century to the present day.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art: This museum tells the story of religion in Glasgow from the early Middle Ages to the present day. It has a collection of over 2,000 objects, including religious artifacts, paintings, and sculptures.

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre: Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC) is the store for the museums' collections when they are not on display across Glasgow Life's museums.

Upcoming Events at Glasgow Museums

Burrell Bites

Selected dates between 10th January 2024 - 18th December 2024

Enjoy a specially curated talk about the history and context of a new object(s) from the Burrell Collection each week, delivered by Curators, Gallery Assistants, Volunteer Guides and more!

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Themed Tours at The Burrell Collection

Selected dates between 11th January 2024 - 19th December 2024

Join the Burrell Collection's expert Volunteer Guides as they take you on a journey through the collection with free themed weekly tours.

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Saturday Art Club

Selected dates between 13th January 2024 - 21st December 2024

The Gallery of Modern Art holds a regular, drop in, Saturday Morning Art Club for 5 to 12 year olds!

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Kelvin Hall Building Tour

Selected dates between 13th January 2024 - 21st December 2024

Join the volunteer tour guides for a free 45 minute tour of Kelvin Hall and take a peek behind the scenes in Glasgow Museums' store!

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Behind The Scenes Tour of GMRC

Selected dates between 15th January 2024 - 18th December 2024

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre is home to over a million treasures, come and see for yourself on one of their regular Behind the Scenes Tours!

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Andy’s Man Club at Kelvin Hall

Selected dates between 15th January 2024 - 23rd December 2024

Andy's Man Club meets every Monday at 7pm in the Activity Space at Kelvin Hall... come along for a brew, a biscuit and a chat.

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Discover! Weekend Sessions

Selected dates between 10th February 2024 - 29th December 2024

Join The Burrell Collection each weekend for a free drop in family session where you can get hands on and find out more about the collection through crafts, music and object handling!

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Mini Museum Explorers at The Burrell Collection

Selected dates between 21st March 2024 - 19th December 2024

Do you know an intrepid explorer who would love to get involved with a mix of structured and free play? Join The Burrell Collection for their Mini Museum Explorers sessions!

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Discover

Selected dates between 20th April 2024 - 30th June 2024

Take part in a range of drop in arts & crafts activities at Glasgow's oldest house, the Provand's Lordship, on selected dates through the year!

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Summer Of Fun At Glasgow Museums

6th June 2024 - 7th August 2024
Various Locations Glasgow

Glasgow Museums have a whole 'Summer of Fun' planned to keep the whole family entertained across the Summer Holidays!

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Sculpture and Sketch at The Burrell Collection

Selected dates between 8th June 2024 - 6th July 2024

Join The Burrell Collection for an informal sketching session in the gallery focused on the amazing sculpture collection. It’s free, materials are provided and there is no need to book!

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Weekday Wonders: Objects from the Kelvin Hall Collection

25th June 2024

Come along to meet the Glasgow Life Museums Learning Team and examine the wide variety of wonderful objects in the Kelvin Hall kit and learn about the stories behind them.

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Scottish Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Day

29th June 2024

Visit Riverside Museum and see a range of iconic Jaguar cars through the decades, from the 1950's up to the present day, brought to you by the Jaguar Enthusiasts Clubs in Scotland.

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The Collector Of Jade

12th July 2024

This talk at St Mungo Museum by Curator of Chinese and Far Eastern Civilisations, Dr Yupin Chung, will explore the aesthetic approach to religion and the passion of collecting jade.

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Burrell Bites: Tang Dynasty Horse

17th July 2024

Join curator Dr Yupin Chung at the Burrell Collection on Wednesday 17th July for a fascinating journey to explore the styles and trends of Tang horse sculptures!

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Riverside Museum Summer Market

27th July 2024 - 28th July 2024

Riverside Museum is hosting their annual Summer Market on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July featuring stalls selling handmade and locally crafted items!

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Archaeology and Art

21st August 2024

In this workshop, you will find out about some of the amazing prehistoric archaeology collections Kelvin Hall hold at the museum stores.

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Related Links

Gallery of Modern Art

Gallery of Modern Art Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow City Centre G1 3AH

Situated in the heart of the city, GoMA is Scotland's most visited modern art gallery displaying work that highlights the interests, influences and working methods of artists from around the world!

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Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

200 Woodhead Road, Glasgow South Side G53 7NN

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC) is a purpose-built store for Glasgow Museums' collections when they're not on display in the venues.

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Kelvin Hall

1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow West End G3 8AW

Kelvin Hall stands on the banks of the River Kelvin opposite Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the West End of Glasgow.

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Argyle Street, Glasgow West End G3 8AG

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Mu​seum is one of both Glasgow's and Scotland's most popular free attractions boasting an extensive collection of over 8000 objects displayed across 22 themed galleries!

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Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens

People's Palace and Winter Gardens Glasgow Green, Glasgow City Centre G40 1AT

The People’s Palace, set in historic Glasgow Green, tells the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century.

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Provands Lordship

3 Castle Street, Glasgow City Centre G4 0RB

Step back in time and discover Glasgow's unique history with a visit to the oldest house in the city... The Provand's Lordship!

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Riverside Museum

100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow West End G3 8RS

Visit the Riverside Museum for FREE and experience the wonder of Glasgow's industrial heritage in this striking building designed by internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

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Scotland Street School Museum

225 Scotland Street, Glasgow South Side G5 8QB

Scotland Street School Museum was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and offers a fascinating glimpse into schooldays of the past.

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St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art

2 Castle Street, Glasgow City Centre G4 0RH

The award-winning St Mungo Museum is a haven of tranquillity in a bustling city. This museum is named after Glasgow's patron saint, who brought the Christian faith to Scotland in the 6th century.

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The Burrell Collection

2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow South Side G43 1AT

Housed in its purpose-built home surrounded by beautiful parkland, The Burrell Collections is ranked amongst the most significant civic museum collections in the UK!

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More Art Galleries in Glasgow

Roger Billcliffe Gallery

185B Bath Street, Glasgow City Centre G2 4HU

Our new space, adjacent to Glasgow Art Club, focuses on solo shows of contemporary artists, and the best of 20th century Scottish painting.

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The Burrell Collection

2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow South Side G43 1AT

Housed in its purpose-built home surrounded by beautiful parkland, The Burrell Collections is ranked amongst the most significant civic museum collections in the UK!

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The Glasgow Gallery of Photography

57 Glassford Street, Glasgow City Centre G1 1UB

Holding regular exhibitions throughout the year, The Glasgow Gallery of Photography displays the work of both Scottish and international photographers.

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The Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art Renfrew Street, Glasgow City Centre G3 6RF

Mackintosh's 'masterwork' The Glasgow School of Art, built 1897-1909, bookends his architectural career.

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Backdoor Gallery

Backdoor Gallery (Dalmuir Library) Lennox Place, Clydebank G81 4HR

The Backdoor Gallery in Dalmuir Library, Clydebank hosts a diverse programme of exhibitions all year round!

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Trongate 103

103 Trongate, Glasgow City Centre G1 5HD

Trongate 103 is a centre for the arts and creativity based in Glasgow's merchant city.

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Veneer Gallery

1184 Argyle Street, Glasgow West End G3 8TE

Veneer is an elegant gallery space located in the West End of Glasgow, close to the famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

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Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow

350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow City Centre G2 3JD

The CCA is a unique contemporary arts organisation at the heart of Glasgow's city centre and vibrant cultural community.

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The Lighthouse

11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow City Centre G1 3NU

The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue situated in the heart of Glasgow, just off the Style Mile.

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SWG3 Glasgow

100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow West End G3 8QG

SWG3 Glasgow is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts space in the west end of the city running an annual programme of exhibitions, band nights and events!

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Argyle Street, Glasgow West End G3 8AG

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Mu​seum is one of both Glasgow's and Scotland's most popular free attractions boasting an extensive collection of over 8000 objects displayed across 22 themed galleries!

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Helensburgh Art Hub

77 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh G84 8BB

The Helensburgh Art Hub provides art classes, workshops, exhibitions and events to the residents of Helensburgh and surrounding areas!

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