Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Michael D. Beckwith

What do a Salvador Dalí painting, an elephant, and a hanging Spitfire fighter plane have in common? They can all be found in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

The foreboding brick walls of this massive museum can be seen from all over Kelvingrove Park, inviting tourists and locals alike to come in for a wander of the three floors and many exhibits. With displays ranging from the history of tartan cloth to rainforest biodiversity, you can spend an afternoon in the free museum and not get bored. 

Best things to see at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

We recommend the Glasgow-specific exhibits that detail Glasgow’s rebirth in the 90s, rising from an old industrial hub to the art and music center it is today. There is also an exhibit on Charles Rennie Mackintosh that you can’t miss. Some exhibits charge, but even without them, the museum holds more than you can see through the naturally lit and decorated center areas—make sure to look up to see the floating heads—through the wings. The art gallery and museum take up separate sides of the same building, so it’s easy to check out both.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum directions and parking

Best way to get to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is located in Central Glasgow near Kelvingrove Park. The parking lot is accessible by turning off of Argyle St. onto Radnor St. and then continuing until you reach the Kelvin Way entrance. There are several buses that will take you directly to the Museum or to nearby Clayslaps Road.


Best parking near Kelvingrove Museum

There is parking at the Museum for a fee.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum FAQs

Is there a coat check?

Yes, there is a coat check for a fee.


Does the museum have Wi-Fi?

Yes, the Museum offers Wi-Fi.


Is the museum guide dog friendly?

Yes, the Museum welcomes guide dogs.