The Kelvingrove Gallery is one of Glasgow’s ultimate must-see attractions. Located in the city’s West End, it comprises of 22 galleries, showcasing a cross-section of intrigue, spanning from history to art and science. It is also the most visited gallery in the United Kingdom, bar London. Read on to discover why…
The Kelvingrove Gallery is incredibly impressive from within and is divided up into two themes, Life and Expression. The Life galleries showcase natural history and human interest exhibitions and the Expression galleries showcase art.
A few highlights from the Life galleries include ‘Sir Roger’ the Asian elephant and a Spitfire plane hanging from the ceiling above. It’s nothing short of impressive.
Over in the Expression galleries there are notable works of fine art featuring the likes of Salvador Dali, Monet and Rembrandt. The Kelvingrove is well worth visiting for these exhibitions alone.
Something that you certainly won’t miss when you visit the Kelvingrove Gallery is the Floating Heads installation by Sophie Cave. There are 50 heads, all of which have varying facial expressions, ranging from sad to happy and everything in between. They are illuminated with colourful light that transitions between hues; it’s an incredibly unique display.
The Kelvingrove Gallery is also home to an impressive organ, that is over 100 years old. Each day, there are recitals from an array of different performers, which people can sit down in Centre Hall to enjoy.
(Pictured above) a small mythical Scottish animal, called ‘haggis’ which belongs to Scottish folklore, believed by some to be where the name for Scotland’s iconic signature dish was derived from.
Visiting the Kelvingrove Gallery was definitely one of the main highlights of my time in Glasgow and I’d love to go again! It’s vast and there’s a plethora of things to see, so I would suggest allotting at least 2-3 hours to look around. What’s more, entry is free.