Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AGView on map
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.
On the day of your visit
- The entrance to the car park on Kelvin Way is currently not available. The car park will be open with access from Sauchiehall Street. Staff will be on hand to direct you and usual charges will apply. Please see route map here.
- 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
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!
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 and there are free wheelchairs available to hire at reception.
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:
- 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:
- First Bus- services 2, 3 & 77
- McGill’s - service 17
- The City Sightseeing buses
- And the Garelochhead Coaches operated - service 100, which goes from the city centre to the Riverside Museum and Kelvingrove.
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.
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.