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Glasgow is famous as a thriving cultural centre and its museums and art galleries house some of the most interesting and important collections in the world. Entry to all Culture and Sport Glasgow Museums is free and all are easily accessible from the city centre.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a must-visit on any cultural trip to Glasgow. The magnificent Victorian building is a work of art in itself. It was reopened in 2006 after major refurbishment and houses around 8000 exhibits from the worlds of natural history, Scottish history and culture, ancient Egypt, Scottish and European art including Salvador Dali’s Christ of Saint John of the Cross. Special events such as organ recitals, concerts, lectures, and educational programmes take place regularly. The museum is open all year round, 7 days a week and has excellent facilities including restaurant, disabled access, and discovery and study centres.

Burrell Collection

Situated in the beautiful Pollok Park, the Burrell Collection is also a top priority for culture vultures. Over 9000 pieces comprise one of the greatest collections of art and antiquities ever assembled. Artifacts from China, Egypt, Greece and Rome are on display alongside medieval art and paintings from Degas, Cézanne and Rembrandt. The purpose-built building is light and airy and has excellent facilities such as a fine restaurant with superb views of the surrounding parkland. The Burrell Collection is open all year round, 7 days a week.

Gallery of Modern Art

The Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art lies right in the heart of the city centre. Opened in 1996, it is home to pieces from celebrated contemporary artists such as David Hockney, Andy Warhol, John Bellany and Ken Currie. As well as permanent exhibits, there are frequent special events such as free talks by artists about their work, workshops, and temporary exhibitions of photography, video and installation. In the Gallery’s basement is a café with free internet access and library with book-lending service. Another point of interest is the statue of the Duke of Wellington directly in front of the main door. The Duke is frequently seen wearing a traffic cone on his head and has come to be a symbol of the Glaswegian attitude to authority. The Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art is open 7 days a week throughout the year.

People’s Palace

The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens is set in the peaceful Glasgow Green just outside the city centre. The beautiful Victorian building is home to permanent exhibitions celebrating Glasgow’s history and culture from 1750 to the present which are displayed through old photographs, paintings and stories of everyday life, as well as artifacts such as clothing, everyday household items, and even Billy Connolly’s Big Banana Boots! Behind the museum, the Winter Gardens with its indoor displays of lush tropical plants and ferns provides a tranquil environment for relaxing with a cup of tea. At the front of the museum, visitors can enjoy the spectacular Doulton fountain, a masterpiece of extravagant Victorian design and sculpture. It is the largest terracotta fountain in the world and was restored to its former glory in 2005 and relocated from the rear to the commanding museum frontage. The People’s Palace is open 6 days a week (closed on Mondays) while the Winter Gardens and café are open daily.

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