According to Trip Advisor, the number one thing to do in Glasgow is to visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. We visited the Kelvingrove one day in May and I took a zillion photos but for this posting I will only show you 22 of them.
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The Kelvingrove is located in Kelvingrove Park in west Glasgow next to the University of Glasgow. It opened in 1901, closed in 2003 for refurbishing, and since its reopening in 2006 is the most popular museum in the UK outside of London.
The museum possesses 22 galleries. We visited most of them during our 4 hour stay and even had a light lunch while listening to an organ concert in the museum’s Centre Hall.
The Lower Ground Floor of the museum contains a cafe, a gift shop and a special exhibit area. The current exhibit, called Gifts for the Gods, Animal Mummies Revealed runs until September 4th. There usually is an admission charge for the special exhibit. The rest of the museum is free.
John Graham-Gilbert was a painter and art collector. After his death his widow donated a total of 70 paintings, some of his and some from his collection including a Rembrandt (see next photo), to the Corporation Galleries of Art at Glasgow. These paintings formed the backbone of the Kelvingrove’s collection when it opened in 1901.
See here for my posting on the Kelvingrove’s collection of paintings by the Glasgow Boys. And see here for another Monochrome Madness entry that featured a sculpture we came across at the Kelvingrove.
I guess the Kelvingrove received its number one ranking from Trip Advisor because of its free admission policy. There are suggested donation kiosks at each of the three museum entrances, though.