Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AGView on map
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!
No need to book, just drop in.
Regular opening hours
Monday - Thursday and Saturday: 10am-5pm
Friday and Sunday: 11am-5pm
The museum shops and the main restaurant are open.
John Patrick Byrne: A Big Adventure
Friday 27 May - Sunday 18 September
Tickets: Adult £7.50, Concession £5, under 16s free Available from any of the Kelvingrove Shops or on 0141 276 9576.
The first retrospective of Scottish artist and writer John Byrne’s illustrious career for more than 20 years. The exhibition encapsulates the energy and excitement of John’s work and tells a little of the fascinating life he’s led.
Find out more in the exhibition listing.
Get your tickets from the Kelvingrove shop in person or by phone on 0141 276 9576. Tickets are valid to visit any day, on a drop in basis.
The Kelvingrove organ recitals are back! The recitals will once again be performed daily at 1pm, except on Sundays, when they will be at 3pm.
Information for planning your visit
- No need to book, just drop in
- Face coverings are no longer mandatory, although in line with Scottish Government guidance, we recommend still wearing one in busy spaces, unless exempt
- Check out the Kelvingrove Floor Plan
- Download the guide to Kelvingrove's galleries, available in multiple languages
- Download some suggestions of activities and games that your family can play 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.
Educational group visits
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0141 276 9505/9506, option 1 (Monday to Friday).
Please note: advance bookings are only required for self-led educational groups and facilitated workshops. General admission for visitors does not need to be booked in advance.
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.
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.
Events and exhibits at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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.https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/kelvingrove-art-gallery-and-museum/translated-tour-guide-kelvingrove