People make Glasgow, however with the weather sometimes preventing us from getting out and about with a large crowd, it’s nice to know that there are plenty of culturally rich establishments we visit to pass the time and to learn a little about our city and the rest of the world. Glasgow is has over 20 world renowned museums and art galleries and boasts Europe’s’ largest civic arts collection. This guide highlights some of the most popular art galleries and museums in this beloved Scottish city.
Riverside Museum in Glasgow
Located right on the Glasgow harbour at Pointhouse Road is Scotland’s museum of transport and travel. This museum is free entry and open 11am – 5pm Fridays and Sundays, and 10am – 5pm every other day. The collection is spread over two floors and is made up of 150 displays of all types of transportation and the people who built and manoeuvred these vehicles in days gone by. The Tall Ship is one of Riverside’s main attractions. It was built in the 19th century and is a historic vessel in the UK and is now ported at Riverside.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
KG is a classic Glasgow gallery and is one of the most visited museums in the UK. It is free to enter and hosts one of Europe’s greatest art collections. The building itself is considered a masterpiece, opening in 1901 and situated in Glasgow’s west end. There are many famous paintings in KG museum including that of Rembrandt, Renoir and Dali.
Home for visual artists and cultural organisations, the Briggait was redeveloped from a fish market and has created a new arts quarter in Glasgow’s Merchant City.
The Gallery of Modern Art
Based in Glagow’s city centre, the GOMA is Scotland’s most visited art gallery displaying artists work from around the world. It is easily accessible via all transport links. Previously the building was home to a wealthy Glagow tobacco merchant. There is also a detailed history of the previous owner on display with insight into how Glasgow gained some of its wealth.
The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens
Another classic day trip for natives and visitors to Glasgow, the People’s Place is located in Glasgow Green which is the oldest public space in the city. This museum is dedicated to the people of Glasgow, dating back to the 1700s with intimate stories of and images displaying Glasgow’s history.