Glasgow has some of Europe’s finest civic collections. In the city you’ll encounter historical finds, natural history and some genuinely incredible art – all housed in some of the city’s most breathtaking public buildings.
In just one town you can see French impressionists, modern art, old ships, Scottish history and archaeology, medieval weaponry and more – from all over the world. What’s more, Glasgow is a relatively compact place, and many museums are free to visit, so what are you waiting for?
Glasgow Art School
Designed by one of the city’s most famous artists, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow Art School is a spectacular place inside and out – look out for the glass roof. Massive windows flood the interior with light and the rooms are impressively sized. As for the exterior, you could stand gaping at it all day!
Visiting in June? Try and catch the Summer Degree Show. Otherwise, join a guided tour. Better still, do an Art School Walking Tour of the city’s architectural highlights.
Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
This has four different galleries within an exquisite, pillared building, in a beautiful part of town. You’ll love the combination of modern art with the elegantly historical setting. Plus, there’s always something new being shown in one of the various mezzanines.
Kelingrove Museum and Art Gallery
Again, a stunning building. This gem of a museum near Kelingrove Park has a range of varied exhibitions on show all year round – from the Dead Sea Scrolls to Dr Who and Salvador Dali. Look out for the huge pipe organ in the vast foyer!
Designed by Zaha Hadid, the award-winning architect, this museum is a feat of engineering. You can walk down lovingly recreated Victorian cobblestone streets, see modes of transport from every decade, and much more. Above all, see the Tall Ship behind the museum – a real highlight.
Tucked away down a small hidden lane, the Lighthouse (the centre for Scottish Architecture and Design to give it its full name) offers one of the best views across the city.
There are other museums to take in as well. The House for an Art Lover is a Mackintosh masterpiece of design; it’s slightly off the beaten track but well worth visiting. The Hunterian Museum at the university showcases diverse art work, while the Burrell Collection is a small venue that’s packed with treasures.
So wherever you go in the city, you’ll find that Glasgow’s where the art is!