Kelvingrove reopened on Tuesday 11 July 2006 following the three-year refurbishment programme, when 15,653 people visited the museum.
Prior to its refurbishment, the Art Gallery and Museum attracted 1,000,030 visitors over the course of its last year of opening.
Liz Cameron, Lord Provost of Glasgow at the time, expressed her delight that so many visitors came through the doors. She said:
'The people of Glasgow have missed Kelvingrove over the past three years, but the building has missed the people of Glasgow every bit as much.
'There was never any estimate made of how many visitors might come along on the opening day, but this is a figure that has exceeded my wildest dreams.
'I spent the whole morning and early part of the afternoon in the building and there was a real buzz of excitement the whole time.
'I was especially pleased that so many of the first-day visitors were children, many of whom would probably have been coming to Kelvingrove for the first ever time.
'It has been the perfect start.'