The Number One Thing to Do in Glasgow

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 Art Gallery and Museum opened its doors in 1901 and re-opened in 2006 after three years of refurbishing.

Click on any photo to see a larger version of that photo.

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.

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View of the University of Glasgow Tower from one of the museum’s upstairs windows.

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.

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We had tea and sandwiches while listening to an organ concert in the museum’s Centre Hall.

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The East Court and its Floating Heads. I cropped this photo and converted it to monochrome for Monochrome Madness 3-15 (see here).

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Another view of the Floating Heads.

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Still another view of the Floating Heads.

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View of the museum’s West Court with its Spitfire hanging from the ceiling. I submitted a monochrome version of this photo for Monochrome Madness 3-18 (see here).

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Another view of the West Court. The Mark 21 Spitfire was built in 1944 and in service from 1947 to 1949 with the 602 Squadron, City of Glasgow.

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Looking down at some of the animals in the West Court.

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I’m not sure if Elvis is pointing at the Spitfire or the Life banner at the top of the stairs.

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.

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Statue of John Graham-Gilbert above the stairway to the Lower Ground Floor.

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.

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Rembrandt’s Man in Armour was bequeathed to the Corporation Galleries of Art at Glasgow by Graham-Gilbert’s widow.

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Information on Rembrandt.

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George Anderson Lawson, Motherless.

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David Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Harry Clarke, The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin, 1923.

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Jacob Epstein, RB Cunninghame Graham.

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Allan Gairdner Wyon, Pax Dolorosa, 1916.

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Salvador Dali, Christ of Saint John of the Cross, 1951. This painting won a nationwide poll in 2006 for Scotland’s favorite painting.

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Time for a Clean. Display on how the staff restores a painting.

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The natural history galleries are very popular with visiting students.

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Display on medicines derived from plants and animals.

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.

 

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About crowcanyonjournal

I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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2 Responses to The Number One Thing to Do in Glasgow

  1. disperser says:

    For whatever reason, I had imagined a much smaller museum. The building itself is a worthy photography subject, and the content is just extra gravy.

    Very nice.

  2. Rajiv says:

    This looks very nice. I hear that Glasgow is a very nice city

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