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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

The City of Glasgow's museum and art gallery at Kelvingrove (by the banks of the river Kelvin and facing the imposing University of Glasgow buildings on the other side) was officially opened in 1901. It had been built following a design competition and was launched with a major international exhibition in the surrounding parkland. The side facing the main road outside (seen in the picture above) is actually the rear of the building, as it was designed to have its frontage facing the river.

The building is a typical product of the Victorian age (as are many of Glasgow's fine buildings) with ornate, red stonework on the outside and twenty display galleries and two side courts grouped round an impressive central area. If you are lucky, you can hear a recital from the massive organ there.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is Scotland's most visited free entry visitor attraction. The entire building is closing in the spring of 2003 for a 25 million refurbishment which will result in larger display areas and the latest interactive exhibits.

See also Places to Visit - Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for more information and illustrations.

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