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The Kelvingrove Art Gallery is situated in a huge building in the west end of Glasgow, Scotland. The gallery is home to about 8000 exhibits ranging from natural history objects to art treasures from many different periods and styles. The art gallery is particularly keen to provide an interesting experience for children and there are a great many interactive displays. 

One of the most famous exhibits is the Salvador Dali painting, Christ of St John of the Cross. It is a reworking of a drawing believed to have been made by Saint John of the Cross, a 16th century Spanish saint. The painting was purchased directly from the artist and it was an unusual sale as it included the copyright to the painting. 

Another item worthy of mention is the Kelvingrove Organ. This is a huge pipe organ built in 1901 for the International Exhibition. 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Another item worthy of mention is the Kelvingrove Organ. This is a huge pipe organ built in 1901 for the International Exhibition. 

One of the most unusual exhibits is a World War II Spitfire fighter plane. The Spitfire is intact. Continuing with the military theme is the unique armour for man and horse made for William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, c1550. 

The collection of paintings includes works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet, Botticelli, Turner and Whistler. Scottish art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries is also well represented. There are works from the Glasgow Style school of artists and examples of furniture and other items by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

As well as art treasures the Kelvingrove Art Gallery also has displays of objects from famous explorers such as David Livingstone, Charles Darwin and Captain Cook as well as items collected by Scottish traders during their travels to other parts of the world. 

Entry to the museum is free although there is a charge for car parking. There are 10 free spaces reserved for blue disabled badge holders. Space is limited in the car park and it is recommended to travel to the gallery by public transport. 

The facilities for visitors include cafes and shops, a study centre and a library.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery is easily reached by public transport from the city centre. It is is five minutes’ walk from Kelvinhall subway station and ten minutes’ walk from Kelvinbridge subway station. Kelvingrove is fifteen minutes’ walk from Partick train station and ten minutes’ walk from Charing Cross train station. 

Contact Details:

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 
Argyle St 
G3 8AG 
Tel: 0141 276 9599 


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