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Glasgow has a breathtaking collection of Art Galleries presenting a wide portfolio of art, ranging from tableaux, tapestries, frescos, oils, watercolours, pottery and sculpture dating from the Ancient Egyptian period to the present day. The city's extraordinary array of galleries include the unique St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art, which reveals the story of Glasgow's religious past and present and proudly exhibits Salvador Dali's world-renowned painting, Christ of St John of The Cross.
For those inspired by contemporary and digital art, the Gallery of Modern Art known as GoMA, plays host to an extensive programme of exhibitions and workshops and displays works by local and international artists. This is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside of London and has enthralled several million visitors since opening its doors in 1996.
Set in the beautiful grounds of Pollok Estate and Country Park in Glasgow's South Side, The Burrell Collection has a staggering 9,000 pieces of art ranging from Tapestries to artefacts from Ancient China and Egypt to French Tapestries. Sir William Burrell and his wife gifted their spectacular collection to the City of Glasgow in 1983.
The Huntarian Museum is another favourite for visitors and Glaswegians alike. This art gallery situated above the University of Glasgow's Cloisters displays a diversity of paintings, drawings, taxidermy and prints produced by some of the world's best renowned artists.
Glasgow is proud of its art collection and galleries and the full spectrum is covered, offering visitors a visual feast of Art. For your convenience, some of the most popular Art Galleries in and around the city are featured below.
All Glasgow City Council museums are open daily from 10am to 5pm from :Monday to Thursday and Saturday. On Friday and Sunday opening times are 11am to 5pm. They are closed to the public on the 25th, 26th and 31st December (pm) and the 1st and 2nd of January.
Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH.
Tel: 0141 287 3050
Located on the tasteful Royal Exchange Square, the Glasgow Gallery of modern art is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside of London, attracting millions since its opening in 1996. The gallery is only 5 minutes walk from Buchanan St. or St. Enoch subway stations and also 5 minutes from Queen St. and Argyle St. train stations (10 minutes walk from Central Station). With such easy access and free admission the gallery is 'must-see' for any visitor to Glasgow, art enthusiast or other.
Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ.
Tel: 0141 353 4500
Founded in 1845 as Glasgow Government School of Design, this world-renowned art school changed its name to Glasgow School of Art in 1853 and was originally sited in Ingram Street near Glasgow’s Merchant City. One of Glasgow’s famous sons and alumni of the School of Art, Charles Rennie Mackintosh won the bid to redesign the new Art School, which was relocated to Renfrew Street. The Glasgow School of Art
was completed in two phases, the first in 1899 and the second in 1909.
Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery
Gilbert Scott Building, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ.
Tel: 0141 330 4221
The Hunterian Gallery houses the University of Glasgow's art collection making it available for study and for pleasure. It has a wide range of exhibitions and receives lottery funding to provide its education programme. The museum is located at the University of Glasgow and is easily accessible by underground, bus or by car.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG.
Tel: 0141 276 9599
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the city of Glasgow's premier museum and art gallery. The building attracts over 1 million visitors each year and was described Neil MacGregor, the director of the British museum in London as "one of Europe's great civic art collections". The museum is the second most popular visitor
attraction in Scotland and the most visited museum in the United Kingdom outside London.
193 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HU.
Tel: 0141 221 4502
From the gallery's humble beginnings in 1999 Scotland Art has worked toward establishing the 2 city centre sites in both Edinburgh and Glasgow and Scotland's largest stock of original artwork.
St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art
2 Castle St, Glasgow, G4 0RH.
Tel: 0141 553 2557
Opened in April 1993, the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art explores the importance of religion in lives across the world and throughout time. The museum is a modern building nestled between two of the cities oldest buildings: the magnificent gothic Glasgow Cathedral and Provand's Lordship (the oldest house in the city) yet, is only a short walk from one of the cities busiest shopping areas, Buchanan St.