Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 1.jpg
Established 1901
Location Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG, Scotland
Collection size art

1,261,552 (2015)
Admission type: Free[1]

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. It reopened in 2006 after a three-year refurbishment and since then has been one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions.

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.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most popular free attractions and features 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects.


General internal view.
General view of one of the halls.

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 around £28 million and includes a new restaurant and a large basement extension to its display space to accommodate the 8,000 exhibits now on display.[2] A new display layout and wayfinding scheme was introduced to make the building more visitor-friendly.[3]

Immediately after its 2003–06 refurbishment, the museum was the most popular free-to-enter visitor attraction in Scotland, recording 2.23 million visitors in 2007.[4][5] These numbers made it the most visited museum in the United Kingdom outside London.[6] In 2015 there were 1,261,552 visitors.[7]


  1. ^ Association of Leading Visitor Attractions data Archived 13 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Ross, Peter (2 July 2006). "Palace of dreams". The Sunday Herald. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kelvingrove set to reveal £28m overhaul". Design Week. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Art gallery busiest tourist spot". BBC News. 2 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "Museum is top visitor attraction". BBC News. 8 May 2008. 
  6. ^ Cumming, Laura (9 July 2006). "Heady Heights". Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "The 20 most visited Scottish attractions of 2015". The Scotsman. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 

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Coordinates: 55°52′6.89″N 4°17′25.82″W / 55.8685806°N 4.2905056°W / 55.8685806; -4.2905056