A guide to Glasgow’s museums and galleries

June 10, 2015 Off By Laura TMOT

Every year more than 3 million tourists from around the world visit Glasgow. Travelers are attracted by many cultural and historical landmarks. Glasgow has everything for recreation and sports, famous theatres, a huge variety of restaurants, pubs and clubs, beautiful green parks, as well as famous art galleries and extremely interesting museums. Numerous attractions are located throughout the city so whether choosing a place to live long term or just finding suitable student accommodation in Glasgow, it won’t be lacking in interesting places to visit.

The presence of numerous museums makes the city a true centre of arts. Glasgow has some of the most important and richest museums in Europe, as well as one of the largest private art collections in the world. The famous museum of Kelvingrove is located in a XIX-century block built in the style of the Spanish Baroque. Among the exhibits, there are paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and Dali. Pay special attention to the collection of famous businessman and philanthropist William Burrell, who in 1944 gave the museum 9,000 exhibits illustrating the art of different countries and eras. There are works by masters of ancient China, Egypt, Greece and Rome, paintings by the Impressionists (including Cezanne and Degas), sculptures, objects of medieval and Islamic Art, rich collection of weapons and armor. As discussed in Evening Times, Kelvingrove is in the list of UK’s Top 10 museums.

The city of Glasgow has more than 30 art galleries and museums. Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art will introduce you to the works of local and international artists. Among the exhibits there are masterpieces by Andy Warhol and David Hockney.

Another interesting place is the Scotland Street School Museum. You can learn the history of the school and feel the environment of education in Scotland with the help of unusual exhibits and refurbished classrooms.

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photo credit: Culture and Sport Glasgow (Glasgow Museums)

The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow which shows a very interesting collection of exhibits. One of its rooms is dedicated to ancient coins. The collection is of interest not only to numismatists, but also to all curious travelers. According to the specificity of this cultural institution, it was decided to dedicate some of its rooms to the most striking inventions of Scottish scientists.

The most popular museums and galleries of Glasgow are: the Gallery of Modern Art, The Hunterian, the Scottish Football Museum, Pollok House, the Scotland Street School Museum, the People’s Palace, the National Museum of Rural Life and The McLellan Galleries but there are many others to explore too. Glasgow is a city with so much to show you and you really should take the time to have a good look around whilst visiting as many of these fabulous museums and galleries as you can.