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Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Latest Information

Coronavirus - Latest Information

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Free entry

Donations welcome

You can donate at the venue or online.

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0141 276 9599

Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG

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We are open and delighted to welcome people back to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.  

We have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable. There are some changes we want to tell you about. 

Pre-book in advance

Book tickets HERE

  • You now require a ticket to enter the museum. Tickets are FREE. You need to pre-book online, in advance, for your household for a specific date and time. This will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for you, by allowing us to manage numbers and maintain physical distancing.
  • We are limiting the number of visitors coming into our museum during this time. We hope this will both reassure you and allow you to enjoy a special experience with our collections.
  • Tickets will be released in two week blocks to give more opportunities to visit.

Keeping you safe

  • Our visitor charter sets out the safety measures we have introduced to create a safe space and it highlights how you can help protect yourself and others while visiting the museum.

Information for your visit

  • For information on opening hours, how to enter the museum, what's open, face coverings and more see our Museum FAQs.
  • 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.
  • 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.

On the day of your visit

  • The entrance to the car park is on Kelvin Way and the exit is onto Sauchiehall Street.
  • On arrival please enter doors facing the car park. The accessible entrance with access to lifts is located at the ground level, also facing the car park. 
  • Wear a face covering to stay safe and protect others. Guidance on face covering exemptions is available from the Scottish Government here.
  • Please do not visit the museum if you, or any members of our household, has any symptoms of Coronavirus
  • Your e-ticket will be checked on arrival so please have this ready.
  • Please arrive as a group with the ticket holder in attendance to ensure we comply with Test and Protect
  • Please maintain 2 metre physical distancing during your visit. 
  • There are no cloakroom facilities, restaurant/café, take away and retail at this time. 
  • We are unable to provide space for packed lunches at this time. 
  • Some smaller spaces and hands on displays will be closed off during your visit to allow hygiene and physical distancing 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. 
  • Please ensure children are supervised at all times to ensure physical distancing measures can be maintained. 
  • Please wash your hands and use hand sanitiser during your visit. 
  • 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

Please note tickets are non-transferable. If the ticket holder can no longer visit the venue please release tickets by contacting the following

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. 

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!

Green Tourism
We are delighted that Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has achieved a Gold Award from Visit Scotland’s Green Tourism scheme. We were recently assessed against a rigorous set of criteria, including energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more. The award acknowledges good environmentally-friendly practice and is a recognised hallmark of ‘green quality’. we’re pleased to be playing our part in ensuring Scotland is a sustainable tourism destination for the future.

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Accessible toilets

The accessible toilet is located on the right past the enquiries desk.

Assistance dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

Hearing loop

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. 

Wheelchair access

There is wheelchair and pram access to all public areas using the lifts.

Additional information

View Accessibility Guide on AccessAble the new name for DisabledGo and the Euans Guide website. View the Kelvingrove Floor Plan. Documents can be requested in Braille and large print

Baby changing

Baby feeding


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.

View our menu


The cloakroom costs £1.


The car park is managed by City Parking. Charges are as follows:

Mon-Sun 8am-6pm

  • 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.

Free wifi

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 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.

Location Map


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG

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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.

"Alexander Reid" by Vincent van Gogh. The painting shows a man with red hair, wearing period clothing.