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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Established 1901
Location Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG, Scotland
Collection size 9,000 objects

1,037,594 (2012)[1]
Admission type: Free [2]

Rear elevation of the museum, looking westwards from Argyle Street, Glasgow.
The Central hall, looking towards the Pipe Organ, flanked by original electroliers.

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a museum and art gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. The building houses one of Europe's great civic art collections. Since its 2003–06 refurbishment, the museum has been the most popular free-to-enter visitor attraction in Scotland,[3][4] and the most visited museum in the United Kingdom outside London.[5]

The gallery is located on Argyle Street, in the West End of the city, on the banks of the River Kelvin (opposite the architecturally similar Kelvin Hall, which was built in matching style in the 1920s, after the previous hall had been destroyed by fire). It is adjacent to Kelvingrove Park and is situated near the main campus of the University of Glasgow on Gilmorehill.

Design and construction

The construction of Kelvingrove was partly financed by the proceeds of the Lewis & Co.

There is a popular myth in Glasgow, that the building was accidentally built back-to-front, and the architect jumped from one of the towers in despair, when he realised his mistake. This is only an urban myth. The grand entrance was always intended to face into Kelvingrove Park. [7]


The museum's collections came mainly from the McLellan Galleries and from the old Kelvingrove House Museum in Kelvingrove Park. It has one of the finest collections of arms and armour in the world and a vast natural history collection. The art collection includes many outstanding European artworks, including works by the Old Masters, French Impressionists, Dutch Renaissance, Scottish Colourists and exponents of the Glasgow School.

The museum houses Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí. The copyright of this painting was bought by the curator at the time after a meeting with Dalí himself. For a period between 1993 and 2006, the painting was moved to the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. ;] '


Kelvingrove was reopened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 11 July 2006 after a three-year closure for major refurbishment and restoration. The work cost over £28m and includes a new restaurant and a large basement extension to its display space to accommodate the 8,000 exhibits now on display.


  1. ^
  2. ^ Association of Leading Visitor Attractions data
  3. ^ "The refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has knocked Edinburgh Castle off the top spot as Scotland's busiest tourist attraction.", BBC News Scotland, accessed 3 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Museum is top visitor attraction.", BBC News, accessed 19 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Heady Heights.",, accessed 19 June 2008.
  6. ^ "DSA Building/Design Report". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  7. ^ "History of Kelvingrove". Glasgowlife. Retrieved 1/3/13. 

External links

  • Museum website
  • Preview Photographs of the Art Gallery before it re-opened in July 2006
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery Glasgow Independent article and pictures.


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