Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most eminent tourist spot for free attractions. It is ranked the best art museum to visit in the UK by TripAdvisor. It owns 22 themed state-of-the-art galleries that display an astonishing 8,000 objects. For sure there's so much to explore more in the museum making it a brilliant place to spend several hours, if not longer! The museum is also an impressive free day out for families with its own cafe and gift shop inside.
Architect of Kelvingrove Museum
This architectural masterpiece of this museum opened its doors in 1901. Many of the visitors kept on appreciating the building more than exploring the museum itself. Here you’ll get a chance to see the Rembrandts alongside an antique armor and Ancient Egyptian treasures. Don't miss the Charles Rennie Mackintosh display too and have a closer look at the work of one of Glasgow's most renowned and the most celebrated architects. No doubt this refurbished building is a self-explanatory attraction.
Interior of the Museum
The most eminent interior of the museum is located at the east and west courts which extends to either side of the centre hall and up to the roof level. The side courts are surrounded by three sides of display galleries at both ground and first-floor levels. The broad arcaded walkway leads the way around the end courts and centre hall.
Access from the ground floor level to the first-floor level is possible through the grand staircases at the outer ends of the side court or through a number of other staircases. Before its renovation, Kelvingrove used the ground floor as a museum and the first floor as an art gallery.
The Best Painting from the Kelvingrove
One of Kelvingrove’s most appreciated paintings is Salvador Dali’s iconic Christ of St John of the Cross, painted in 1951. It was purchased in 1952 by the Director of Museums, Dr.Tom Honeyman, for the controversial sum of £8,200. More than 60 years since its original purchase, the enthralling appeal of the painting shows no signs of subsiding. There is even a Spitfire plane hanging from the ceiling of the west court.
Glasgow’s Famous Museum
Glasgow holds the reputation of being a cultural powerhouse mainly due to its vibrant art, design, and music scenes. For visitors hoping to tap into the cultural side of the city, a visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is irresistible. Music fans enjoy the daily organ recitals that are followed by a short tour led by the museum’s music director.
You can either visit the museum independently or as part of private tours. During your visit a dedicated guide leads you to the highlights of the museum’s 22 galleries that include the themes ranging from Dutch and Flemish Old Masters to Charles Rennie Mackintosh and natural history to French impressionism. The museum incorporates the tour guide and also runs free hour-long guided tours twice a day. But, it is only available on a first-come, first-served basis.