One of Glasgow’s most imposing buildings, the red sandstone Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery is situated amid beautiful gardens on the western part of Argyll Street, at the edge of the magnificent Kelvingrove Park and the banks of the River Kelvin. Free to enter and just as stunning on the inside, it’s ideal for family days out, with something for everybody: the museum has housed exhibitions on AC/DC and Star Wars.
The entrance hall alone is vast, overlooked by an enormous pipe organ. There’s a gift shop here, and a small coffee shop; you’ll find a restaurant downstairs. There are also many places to sit and rest, which you’re likely to need!
The ground floor is the most exciting part of the museum for children, with many hands-on attractions and things to do. Doctor Who and Star Wars’ stormtroopers have previously visited here, but then so have the dead sea scrolls. Enduringly popular exhibits are the medieval section with its numerous weapons and suits of armour, and the collection of stuffed animals (including a haggis!) in dynamic poses.
Upstairs (wheelchair accessible, though narrow galleries can make it hard to see high-hung pictures properly), there’s a fantastic collection of artworks, perhaps the most famous being Salvador Dalí’s Christ of Saint John of the Cross. You can also expect to see exciting visiting exhibitions, the only part of the experience which isn’t free. The museum currently hosts an Alasdair Gray retrospective.