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Kelvingrove Art Gallery is situated in the picturesque Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow’s West End. Recently reopened after refurbishment, the impressive Spanish Baroque style building is the largest civic museum and art gallery in the UK with collections of international importance.
These collections have been displayed in 22 high quality art galleries within the museum and include paintings, sculptures, silver, ceramics, European armour, weapons and firearms, clothing and furniture. There are also displays where visitors can see the natural history of Scotland, as there are also displays of relics from Scotland’s history and prehistory. This free to enter art gallery is a great day out for families with many interactive displays for young children and regular exhibitions, events and activities for all ages to enjoy.
Since its opening in 1966, the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, situated in the heart of the city centre, has hosted many different contemporary art exhibits. The neoclassical building in Royal Exchange Square provides free-guided tours to allow visitors to explore the art of many famous artists including: Jim Lambie, David Hockney and Andy Warhol.
Home to the national collections of modern Scottish and international art from the 1900’s, the Gallery inherited a small number of 20th century works from the Scottish National Gallery when it opened. However, the majority of the collections have been collected in the past forty years, now compromising more than 500 items from the late nineteenth century to the present day, encompassing paintings, bronzes, works on paper, kinetic sculptures and video installations.
The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens is a museum and glasshouse that is situated to the East End of Glasgow in Glasgow Green and was opened in 1898. Opened for the unhealthy and overcrowded parts of Glasgow to provide a cultural centre for the local people, the area was originally used for reading and recreation rooms with a museum and gallery on the upper floors.
Playing host to over 280,000 visitors per year, the Palace has been used as a museum of social history for the city of Glasgow since the 1940’s, telling the story of the people and the city of Glasgow from 1750 to the present day. The various collections show the Glaswegians at home as well as working and doing leisure activities, with current displays looking at life in a one roomed home ‘single end’ to nights out and trips down the firth of Clyde.
Voted one of Britain’s Most Popular Places to visit and Europe’s Best Science Centre, the Glasgow Science Centre was opened in 2001 and is located on the south bank of the River Clyde. It is compromised of three buildings, which are the Glasgow Tower, the Science Mall and the first IMAX Cinema that was built in Scotland.
Whilst the Science Mall’s design resembles the canted hall of a ship, it houses three floors of learning exhibits. These are themed around concepts of ‘explore and discover’, ‘science in action’ and ‘science and you’ and are designed to encourage interaction and on-going learning. It also holds the Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium, which projects images of the night sky through a projector.