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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

Beagles & Ramsay: NHOTB & RAD

14th October 2023 - 28th April 2024

The vast neo-classical space of GoMA will undergo a radical transformation as three new NHOTB & RAD fashion lines are unveiled this Autumn by creative directors Beagles & Ramsay!

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Sam Ainsley: Wednesday is Cobalt blue, Friday is Cadmium red

25th November 2023 - 10th March 2024

Wednesday is Cobalt blue, Friday is Cadmium red is Glasgow-based artist Sam Ainsley's first major exhibition in the city for over 30 years!

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Clyde Connections Exhibition

15th December 2023 - 1st May 2024

The display of ceramics, inspired by the River Clyde, has been created by veterans and members of the Erskine Reid Macewan Activities Centre (ERMAC).

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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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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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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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Coffee and Culture

Selected dates between 16th January 2024 - 26th March 2024

Coffee and Culture is a free, friendly museum programme which provides an opportunity to meet people, view museum objects, watch archive film footage and access support in a welcoming setting.

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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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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

Project Ability

Trongate 103 , Glasgow City Centre G1 5HD

Project Ability is a visual arts organisation which creates opportunities for people with disabilities and people with mental health issues to express themselves and achieve artistic excellence.

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Scotlandart.com Galleries

193 Bath Street, Glasgow City Centre G2 4HU

Based in the heart of Glasgow City Centre, scotlandart.com boasts one of the largest collections of original art in Scotland.

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Awestruck Art Gallery

75 Kilbowie Road, Clydebank G81 1BL

Awestruck Art Gallery is an independent Gallery just outside Glasgow which opens the public's eyes to a diverse range of art mediums including painting, photography and crafts.

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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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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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Compass Gallery

178 West Regent Street, Glasgow City Centre G2 4RL

Compass Gallery, a not for profit charity, is Glasgow's longest established contemporary Art Gallery.

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Komplex Gallery and Shop

72a Victoria Road, Glasgow South Side G42 7AA

Komplex Gallery is set in the heart of a 1900s bakery in Glasgow's South Side and is a dedicated venue for modern and contemporary artworks!

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The Oak Tree Gallery

27 East King Street, Helensburgh G84 7QQ

The Oak Tree Gallery is an Art Craft & Holistic Hub based in Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland. We provide art classes, workshops, exhibitions, holistic classes and events.

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Compass West Glasgow

37 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow West End G12 9BG

Compass West is a pop up contemporary art gallery with a focus on original works on paper. Hidden gems and unseen treasures for any budget.

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The Pipe Factory

42 Bain Street, Glasgow East End G40 2LA

The Pipe Factory is a space for art which is dedicated to the production and dissemination of artists work and ideas.

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Hidden Lane Gallery

1081 Argyle Street, Glasgow West End G3 8LZ

The Hidden Lane Gallery opened its doors for the first time in early November 2009. In the former hearse and limousine garage of the local funeral undertakers...

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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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