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A photograph showing a gallery in Kelvingrove

Kelvingrove boasts one of Europe's finest civic art collections. Here are our top ten must-see objects.

Photograph showing the organ - Glasgow Exhibition Organ. Opus No. 620 - which is located on the first floor of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Daily organ recital

There are free organ recitals every day of the week at Kelvingrove. Hear them at 1pm (Monday - Saturday) and 3pm Sunday. No visit is complete without hearing this wonderful sound resonate through the Centre Hall.

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Photograph showing a painting by the artist FCB Cadell called Interior - The Orange Blind

FCB Cadell

Interior - The Orange Blind

Scottish Colourist painter F. C. B. Cadell is known for his elegant paintings of fashionable Edinburgh ladies in drawing room settings. Many, like this one, show the spacious Georgian flat at 6 Ainslie Place in the New Town of Edinburgh where he lived. Find this in our Scottish Colourists gallery.

Photograph of a painting called La Farouk Madonna, by artist Giuseppe Baldan

Guiseppe Baldan

La Faruk Madonna

Located in the small room off the French Art gallery.

Photograph showing a painting. A romanticised portrait, Francis MacNab, twelfth Laird of MacNab, appears full-length in an impressive interpretation of Highland dress.

Sir Henry Raeburn

The McNab

Find this painting in the Scottish Identity in Art gallery.

Photograph showing the Sarcophagus of Pa-Ba-Sa

Sarcophagus of Pa-Ba-Sa.

This Sarcophagus of Pa-ba-sa dates from c.656 -640 BC.

Pa-ba-sa was an important Egyptian noble and Chief Steward to Nitocris I, Divine Adoratrice of Amun and daughter of Psamtik I, King of Egypt (664–610 BC) during the 26th Saite Dynasty. Located in the Ancient Egypt Gallery.

Photo showing the Gesso panel 'The Wassail' The Wassail, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The Wassail

Gesso panel 'The Wassail' is by famed Glasgow artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It was originally from Ingram Street Tearooms, Glasgow. You can now see it in the Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style gallery at Kelvingorve.

Photograph showing a recreation of Sir Roger the Elephant, on display at Kelvingrove Museum.

Sir Roger the elephant

This male Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) is called 'Sir Roger'. From about 1885 until 1897 he toured the country with Bostock & Wombwell's Menagerie, often pulling a small wagon from town to town. In May 1897 he went to the Scottish Zoo, in New City Road, Glasgow

Sir Roger can be found in the West Court.

Photograph showing Spitfire LA198, 602 (City of Glasgow) Sqaudron

Spitfire LA198, 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron

The LA198 spitfire, built in 1944, is a Mark 21 spitfire with a Rolls Royce Griffon 61 engine and a five bladed propeller. It flew with the 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron from between 1947–49 and, after a short service career, was used as a ‘gate guardian’ at RAF Leuchars. Located in the West Court.

Photograph of a painting by Sir James Guthrie, ofOld Willie – the Village Worthy, 1886

James Guthrie

Old Willie - the Village Worthy,

Some artists flatter their sitters when they paint their portraits, but here Guthrie has given us a very honest and realistic picture of Old Willie.

Find Old Willie located in the Glasgow Boys gallery.


Salvador Dalí

Christ of St John of the Cross

*Not currently on display - on loan until late July 2024*

One of the most striking images on the central theme of the Christian faith - the death of Jesus Christ, by which all believers may be saved and enter Heaven. Christ is shown 'as beautiful as the God that He is'.