Gallery Changes

From Wednesday 26 March 2014 

Glasgow Stories Gallery - Now Re-Open

In its first major re-display since our refurbishment in 2006, The Glasgow Stories Gallery charts the rise of the city from its medieval beginnings, through to today and the cultural remaking of the city. Offering an historical overview of the city, through a wealth of objects, the new display highlights the continuity and changes in the city. 

Key objects on display include a ticket from the 1888 Glasgow International Exhibition, the proceeds of which contributed to the building of Kelvingrove.  These sit alongside other hugely evocative items such as Patrick Downie’s watercolours of Victorian street scenes or tiny delicate fossil sponges side by side with a vast section of Douglas Fir.

These are complimented by modern day objects from a spoon, significant for its use at political demonstrations, to a branded anorak from the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival, and a jacket made by textile designer Jilli Blackwood, who went on to design the Glasgow cast costumes for the Delhi Flag Handover at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, during which it was acknowledged that ‘Glasgow Stole the Show’*.

The Glasgow Stories Gallery displays over 100 objects both 2D and 3D, spanning the entire range of Glasgow Museums’ collections, from art to natural sciences, history and technology, with over half of these will be on display for the first time.  It is located in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and is accessible from the Centre Hall, the West Court and the Ancient Egypt gallery.

From 25 October 2013 

Mackintosh Gallery Changes

As part of the Creative Mackintosh festival 2013, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Glasgow Style Gallery underwent its first major re-display since the museum reopened in 2006. Fourteen new objects are on display alongside some other objects from the collection. The six donations ​and eight purchases bring important and beautiful new metalwork, ceramics, glass and stained glass into Glasgow Museums’ collection. Find out more about these beautiful new objects and the gallery here.


From May 2013

Object Cinema - Life in the Rainforest 

Following a short closure in January 2014 due to storm damage, the gallery is fully re-opened as of 3 February​ 2014. In May 2013, our Life in the Artic Object Cinema was transformed into the South American Rainforest. Life in the Rainforest uses film and sound to bring the rainforest to life, and experience this unique and atmospheric place – close-up and in action! Objects on display include exotic animals, colourful clothing and even a giant anaconda snakeskin.​ Find out more about this fantastic gallery at the dedicated​ webpage here. 
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