Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Temporary closure: Thursday 28 October to Sunday 14 November
To support the delivery of COP26 a small number of Glasgow Life venues will temporarily close. This includes Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
The museum will close to the public at 5pm on Wednesday 27 October and reopen at 10am on Monday 15 November. No access will be possible between Thursday 28 October and Sunday 14 November.
For many other reopened Glasgow Life venues, it will be business as usual. For more information, please visit our COP26 Update page
Regular opening hours
Monday - Thursday and Saturday: 10am-5pm
Friday and Sunday: 11am-5pm
We're pleased to advise the museum shops and the main restaurant are also open.
Pre-booked tickets are no longer required
We’re pleased to announce you no longer need a pre-booked ticket to visit Kelvingrove.
While we will gradually increase visitor numbers your health and safety remains very important to us and some safety measures will stay in place.
Face coverings are still mandatory in public buildings, please bring one with you.
To help ensure an enjoyable experience for all visitors, we will continue to encourage social distancing and suggest a one way route in some areas.
QRs codes, for the Check in Scotland app, are available at main entrances and we appreciate your support for the Test and Protect process.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make these changes. We look forward to seeing you soon.
We're happy to confirm we are now able to accept bookings for self-led educational groups and a small programme of facilitated workshops is also available for school groups.
All visits must be booked in advance by emailing email@example.com or calling 0141 276 9505/9506, option 1 (Monday to Friday).
On the day of your visit
- The entrance to the car park is on Kelvin Way and the exit is onto Sauchiehall Street.
- Wear a face covering to stay safe and protect others. Guidance on face covering exemptions is available from the Scottish Government here.
- Please wash your hands and use hand sanitiser during your visit.
- Please do not visit the museum if you, or any members of our household, has any symptoms of Coronavirus.
- There is no cloakroom available or facility to store prams.
- The centre hall café is currently closed and we can't offer takeaway or space for packed lunches at this time.
- Some smaller spaces and hands on displays will be closed during your visit to allow hygiene measures to be maintained.
- Please observe signage in the venue and any one way routes that are in place.
- For more information and ways to enhance your visit please visit Glasgow Museums where floor maps can be downloaded.
- We politely ask that you keep your visit to a maximum of 2 hours to ensure we can offer entry to as many visitors as possible.
The City of Glasgow is currently in Level 0 of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 protection levels.
Please refer to the latest guidelines on the Scottish Government website for information on the protection level restrictions.
Further information for your visit
- Download some suggestions of activities and games that you can play with your household while you are visiting the museum. You can print them at home or view them on your phone and other personal devices. Please note that we won’t be able to provide a paper copy at the venue.
We're Good To Go
We have acquired VisitBritain’s Good to Go accreditation. This Industry Standard mark means Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, has completed a Risk Assessment and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and physical distancing.
As it has been throughout this pandemic, the health and wellbeing of all Glasgow Life staff and the public remains our priority. We will continue to follow the Government’s guidance and ensure that safety is at the heart of how we operate in the current environment.
British Sign Language (BSL) users: For more information and the latest updates on Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council services during the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the dedicated BSL section of the council’s website.
Support us: As one of Scotland’s largest charities, Glasgow Life is hugely grateful for the support it has received during the coronavirus pandemic, which has helped us to continue vital work in communities across the city during the most challenging of times. You can continue to help us by donating here.
Get the most up-to-date information on Glasgow Life's response to Covid-19 here.
Kelvingrove Museum opened in 1901 and is a firm favourite with local people and visitors. It has stunning architecture and a family friendly atmosphere.
Explore our 22 galleries and discover everything from art to animals, Ancient Egypt to Charles Rennie Mackintosh and so much more. We also have a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and displays.
If you only have one day in Glasgow, Kelvingrove is a must see!
The accessible toilet is located on the right past the enquiries desk.
Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.
Hearing loop available within venue.
You can also visit our British Sign Language and International Sign Video Library here to watch a welcome video for every Glasgow Museum.
There is wheelchair and pram access to all public areas using the lifts.
Full table service is available. No tables are permanently fixed. No chairs are permanently fixed. No chairs have armrests.
Menus are hand held and wall. Menus are not available in Braille or in large print. Picture menus are not available.
New menu coming soon!
The cloakroom is currently closed.
The car park is managed by City Parking. Charges are as follows:
- 1 hour £1.60
- 2 hours £3.20
- 3 hours £4.80
- 4 hours £6.40
- 5 hours £8.00
- 10 hours £10.00
Mon-Sun 6pm-8am, £2 flat rate.
There are spaces reserved for blue badge holders, free of charge with no time restrictions. For car park enquiries please contact 0141 276 1830.
Parking is free for Blue Badge holders. Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance. There is/are 10 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
Photography and video recording
At times, Glasgow Life will be on the premises to film and take photos.
Contact number for bookings: 0141 276 9530
Our Museum Shop is located on the ground floor.
The building has free WiFi.
‘Away for the Day with Glasgow Museums’ is a booklet full of free family fun. Download the booklet to try something new together as a family.
There is a page for each of our 9 museums. You will find activities, suggestions of family-friendly displays to explore, and ideas for what else there is to see and do nearby.
Families who are new to Glasgow Museums and families who have visited our museums before helped to create this booklet – there are top tips inside.
Glasgow Museums belong to you. You and your family are welcome here. We understand that all families have different interests and needs, and we aim to help you to get what you want from your visit.
Have fun and don’t forget to collect your sticker from reception!
Access multiple language museum guides for Kelvingrove collections.
Train - The closest train stations are Partick (PTK), Charing Cross (CHC) and Exhibition Centre (EXG). These stations are roughly 1 mile away from Kelvingrove.
The lines for these stations run through the Low-Level platforms, at Glasgow Central (GLC) for Partick and Exhibition Centre and Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ) for Partick and Charing Cross.
Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street are roughly 1.5 to 2 miles away from Kelvingrove.
Underground - The closest Subway station is Kelvinhall, which is roughly ½ mile away.
Bus - The bus stops at the front of Kelvingrove, on Argyle Street, have regular services from both directions. Services include:
Please note: If you are coming into Glasgow by train and planning to use a PlusBus ticket, the 100 bus and the City Sightseeing buses are not covered.
Bike Hire - The Next Bike bicycle hire scheme is also in operation around Glasgow, with locations to pick up and drop off around the city.
Car - Please note: the A814 Clydeside Expressway Westbound will be closed due to major roadworks from Monday 26 October for 6 weeks. Diversions will be in place, if you would travel via this route please allow a little extra time for your journey.
Accessibility - In case it is of use to anyone in your party, the AccessAble website has some useful accessibility information.
What to see at Kelvingrove
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses one of Europe's great art collections. It's a favourite with locals and a must see for anyone visiting the city.