Pats Guide to the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery

AC/DC Exhibition

Due in September, 2011, on the only European date of this tour

Kelvingrove Art GalleryKelvingrove re-opened on 11th July 2006 after a magnificient refurbishment May, 2006.

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The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is world renowned for the quality of its international art collection which includes Impressionists and Italian and Dutch Renaissance paintings. Without question the Art Gallery houses one of Scotland's finest civic Art collections. You will also find some great Scottish Art including works by the Glasgow Boys and Glasgow Girls. There are three paintings in particular that 'get me every time' - two by George Henry and E.A. Hornel, 'Druids Bringing in the Mistletoe'( 1890) and 'The Star in the East' (1891) and one by William Kennedy called 'The Fur Boa'. Amazing - there is a 'physicalness' about the way these folk painted that just does something for me - it can't be explained beyond that.

The building itself is worthy of note, a large and imposing late Victorian red sandstone contruction, it is one of Glasgow's landmark buildings. It is also famous for the myth that it was built back-to-front and the architect jumped to his death from one of it's towers.

Kelvinhall Art Gallery The ever changing contemporary exhibitions compete for your attention with the dinosaurs, suites of armour, frightening weaponry and treasures from throughout the world. The Museum was recently in the news when it handed back the controversial 'wounded knee ghost shirt' to Native American Indians. The reputation of being Scotlands most popular free visitor attraction is assured for the near future.

There is a shop full of 'knick-knacks' and a large cafe so you won't go hungry.

Update: May, 2003

The Art Gallery and Museum will be closed from 1st July, 2003 - March, 2003

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: Refurbishment

The City of Glasgow has to receive the single largest award by the Heritage Lottery Board - £12.8 million (half of the money needed to refurbish the gallery and museum). Kelvingrove is the most popular tourist attraction in the UK not counting London and will be transformed into a 21st century gallery with the capacity to exhibit works of art previously hidden from the public. Find out a bit more about this venture on The Herald Web site:

For up to date information on exhibitions and music recitals at Kelvingrove see our weekly What's On - Jess's Jaunt


Location: Dunbarton Road 100 yards west of Kelvin Way.
Tel: 0141 287 2699
Disabled Access: Yes
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10am - 5.00pm, Sun 11am - 5pm

Thanks for spotting the problem with the dates, which I've now amended. In fact, Kelvingrove will be closed until 2006.
--pat ( pat at glasgowwestend dot co dot uk ) from Scotland on 4.7.2003; 22:14:21 Uhr

Doesn't the dates of the refurbishment seem a bit strange? Are they not supposed to be 1st July 2003 - 31stMarch 2004?
--Brendon McMenamin ( brendon dot mcmenamin at ntlworld dot com ) from Scotland on 4.7.2003; 12:54:49 Uhr

I picked up a signed oil on board by Glasgow Boy-David Gauld while in Surrey, UK, this past April at an antique shop. size-14 in.x 10 in.Subject Landscape.Any idea how one goes about selling the painting?
--[Macro error: There is no glossary entry named "Yankee"] ( Emailwbjork at qwest dot net ) from USA on 19.5.2003; 1:46:06 Uhr

Just visited the Millet to Matisse exhibit in Louisville. It was wonderful! Plan on seeing again in Kalamazoo in 2004. I was wondering if you can view any of the works in the exhibit on line? thanks, Suzanne
--Suzanne Depp ( sdepp at bloodhorse dot com ) from USA on 13.1.2003; 15:40:19 Uhr

The 64 French Impressionists from Kelvingrove will visit Louisville KY, Pittsburgh PA, Omaha NE (nice city! Try Upstream Brewing Co, 11th & Jackson), Albuquerque NM, Kalamazoo MI and Quebec City, Canada. Oklahoma City may be added.
The works include Corot, Millet, Monet, Pissaro, Renor, Cezanne, Fantin-Latour,Matisse, Renoir, Vuillard et al. One of Van Gogh's portrays his friend, Alexander Reid, the (Glasgow) art dealer. Reid lent Whistler's "Princess of the Land of Porcelain" to the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. (Ex-Burrell, it is now the centerpiece of the Peacock Room at the Freer in Washington DC).
The paintings will be dismounted at Kelvingrove in March 2003.
--Stanley ( EmailStanleyKHunter at compuserve dot com ) from Scotland on 21.9.2002; 22:21:58 Uhr

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is in Argyle Street. Dumbarton Road ends midway over Partick Bridge. The Kelvin was the border with the City of Glasgow and the police burgh of Partick.
--Stanley ( StanleyKHunter at compuserve dot comEmail ) from Scotland on 21.9.2002; 0:10:41 Uhr

Hi again! I am able to answer my own question thanks to an email I received. There is a site, American Federation of Arts Long Range Exhibition Schedule, which shows many exhibits and where and when they will be shown for the next year and a half to two years. Just happens that the Millet to Matisse exhibit will be at the Joslyn Museum of Art, in Omaha NE, when we will be there visiting our daughter. We are very happy that we will be able to see it then. Hope you get a chance to see it, too.
-- Clara ( casa1308 at aol dot com ) from USA on 11.9.2002; 15:04:10 Uhr

Have read that some masterpieces from your art gallery will be in Louisville Kentucky this year. Titled "Millet to Matisse" ,I am curious as to the other art galleries in which these paintings will be exhibited. Hope some place near Chicago. Please advise. Thanks. C.A.
--Clara Arnold ( casa1308 at aol dot com ) from USA on 18.8.2002; 23:16:15 Uhr

I am doing a research on Mr. Alexander Stuart Boyd, a famous painter who lived in late 19th century and early 20th. I would be interested in getting a photograph from him, and as much information as possible about his life and work. Not necessary images of his paintings.
--Jaume Boada Salom ( jbs at oninet dot es ) from Spain on 5.8.2002; 23:27:00 Uhr

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is in Argyle Street. Dumbarton Road now only starts to the west, midway on Partick Bridge. The Kelvin is the boundary. The Ghost Shirt exhibit is now on display on the first floor north balcony of the museum. Dutch renaissance paintings? Think not, but outstanding classic Flemish work is on show. Glasgow has arguably best civic art collection in Europe, not just Scotand. The construction of the building was celebrated by the 1901 Glasgow International Exhibition of Art, Science & Industry. Architects had to design a building which could be approached by VIPs to the exhibition from Park hill (after comfort stop at Lord Provost's residence). The building had to show respect to the senior edifice of Glasgow University with an imposing State Porch (north entrance). The Carriage Porch (south entrance) was then not directly accessible from the main street (then called Dumbarton Road) as a building called the Grand Avenue blocked access. It was ruled that it would have to be as imposing as the State Porch entrance, but different. The Gallery was partly financed by the profits of the 1888 International Exhibition, Glasgow, also staged in Kelvingrove Park. The main architect 1897-1901 certainly didn't jump. He went on to receive architectural honours from all over the world and later designed the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley 1924-25 - which was arguably not so spectacular as Kelvingrove in 1901. Stanley K Hunter
--Stanley K Hunter ( StanleyKHunter at compuserve dot com ) from Scotland on 9.11.2000; 0:00:00 Uhr

Regarding your comments on Glasgow's Art Gallery and Museum; It wasn't build "the wrong way around" either by accident or intentionaly. It was build in an age where people actually had use of their legs and walked places. The idea was that you would approach the Art Gallery by strolling through Kelvingrove Park. The tradesman's entrance was logically built at the rear of the building by the road where goods could be delivered. So it's not so much that the Gallery was built the wrong way around, but more that our 20th/21st Century idea of what's more important, the park or the road, that are the wrong way around.
--G.S.Sinclair ( e-mail at yourhost dot com ) from Scotland on 18.10.2000; 0:00:00 Uhr


Have a painting or print by EA HORNEL done in 1909 during his time in Burma on his way to Japan 3 girls praying in their garden. Cann't find any information on the web. Can you help?

JOHN MCINALLY | Sun Jan 15 2012

has anyone ever heard of an oil painting by whistler of two boys?

Marty Mitchell | Tue Nov 04 2008

Subject: Historical Paintings A close relative of mine has inherited seemingly three valuable Paintings bought by his late father in an auction of historical paintings and artifacts at Bazaar Al Sharq of Baron Street, Aleppo, Syria 54 years ago in 1954. The details of the Paintings are as follows: 1. The first Painting is 24 cm x 8 cm signed by TASSINARI. 2. The second Painting is 70 cm 50 x cm signed by N. OPENNIER. 3. The third Painting is 100 cm x 50 cm named as Valses de Chatoire and signed by L.U. LESIEUR. I would be grateful if you would kindly advise the value, if any, of these Paintings. Images of the Paintings are also attached for your kind perusal. Kind regards. M A Shaher E-mail:

M A Shaher | Fri Apr 18 2008

Can you please give me a list of E.A.Hornel paintings and where they might be found. Have you ever heard of a Hornel painting "Wild Blossoms" ? With many thanks, Anne Glazebrook.

Anne Glazebrook | Tue Jan 15 2008

Would like ot visit Kelvingrove on account of having a "plate" with a picture of said museum on the front and made in Germany on the back. In perfect condition, was my mothers. Any info appreciated on this item.

Marie Hall | Fri Jun 22 2007

While part of the art gallery I meant to buy a framed copy of Cadell's "The orange blind." I missed this oppoprtunity and since then have totally failed to track down a print, framed or unframed, of a reasonable size. Can anyone at the gallery help?

#Sheena Liddell | Thu Mar 15 2007

Contact Kelvingrove Art Gallery - they will know. All the best, Jim

Jim Byrne | Sun Feb 18 2007

I am trying to find out the size of the original painting "The Druids Bringing Home The Mistletoe" by E.A.Hornel. Can anyone help?

Brett | Sun Feb 18 2007

please send me a list of painting by hornel. i can find NO INFO ON HIM!!!!!!!!!

School Pupil | Sun Feb 18 2007

what paintings do you have by E. A. Hornell? I am doing a project on him and am having trouble finding info on him.

School Pupil | Sun Feb 04 2007

Hi there, Can anyone tell me what kind of dinosaur exhibits are there? ie fossils, full skeletons etc. I am visiting in April and I don't want my young lad to be disappointed when we arrive. Thanks.

Alan | Mon Jan 29 2007

I wonder if anyone can advise me if a painting, "Two strings to Her Bow", by John Pettie,(1887) exists, and, is there such a media possible which could email a copy of this painting, i.e. a postcard, or existing picture on the net ? It's for Family History research. Kind regards, Gordon.

Gordon J. Sinclair | Mon Dec 04 2006

I am one of Promoters of african art and culture. I came to your meseum and i was very imprest with what i saw. Because of what i saw that made think of selling you the African cloth which was worn by African before the white man got there. Please let me know if you are interested.

Arthur Ernest | Fri Oct 20 2006

are the memorial plaques in place yet

patsy | Sun Aug 13 2006

well that was it then. an aeroplane that was out of place. my subject,egypt,hidden away in a dingy little room. and the wonderful Dali stuck in a corner,with people squeezing past,when it should have it's own space to be loud and proud. too many exibits crammed into the same space. i may be too critical but then the magnificient kelvingrove building was,and always will be ,the star of the show.

james meredith | Fri Jul 21 2006

I am doing a research on Mr. Alexander Stuart Boyd, a famous painter who lived in late 19th century and early 20th. I would be interested in getting a photograph from him, and as much information as possible about his life and work. Not necessary images of his paintings.

Jaume Boada | Mon Jul 17 2006

The Kelvingrove museum has a kayak built in Greenland in 1959, which has provided one of the main design influences on modern recreational sea kayaks. How can I find out if this will be on public display, and, if not, how to gain access ? Is there an online catalogue ?

Andy Waddington | Mon Jun 12 2006

I wish to trace family history of the Paisley-born painter William Kennedy (The Fur Boa) - can anyone help?

James Brown | Fri Jun 09 2006

could you please tell if there are any avaliable jobs.

Robert Mccorrisken | Wed Apr 26 2006


MS E LAPONDER | Sun Apr 09 2006

I think you will need to got to the museum in Edinburgh to see Dinosaurs. All the best, Jim

Jim Byrne | Wed Feb 22 2006

Robert Carbonell , born 1966 Barcelona. Contemporary abstract painting rich in color and texture. Artist exploring oil, acrylic, mixed-media, collage and working gestual painting exhibitions by Robert Carbonell

Robert Carbonell | Tue Feb 14 2006

as the museum is closed where can I take my son to see Dinosaurs as he is fasinated by them

Julie Phee | Fri Feb 10 2006

I am tring to find out about a painter by the name of name of Paul Bertram from the Island of Lewis, 1800s. My Great Grandfather (Roderick Smith) brought one of his paintings back to Canada when he returned. This trip was in the year 1884/85

Mike Dixon | Sat Oct 29 2005

I'm writing a paper on Hornel's "The Druids, Bringing the Mistletoe" and I was hoping to get in contact with the museum via e-mail or the internet. Does Kelvingrove have its own website? Can I get in contact with a person who can assist me in obtaining the information I need about this artwork?

Holly Johnson | Sun Feb 20 2005

I once got a jigsaw from the museum of the salvadore dali picture of christ . Does any one know where i can get another copy of the jigsaw . Iam desperate to do it again

alyx martin | Fri Jan 21 2005

Dear Sirs. I am interested in the Marsh & McKennan Companies. Can you tell me if they had anything to do with the International Exhibition of Glasgow 1888, as I believe the building that Kelvingrove replaced was the McKennan building. Many thanks for your time - John

John Whitemore | Sat Jan 15 2005

can anyone please tell me who the architect of the art gallery and museum was!!!

Tricia | Tue Nov 02 2004

I went today to see the Millet to Matisse exhibit in Oklahoma City, it was quite exciting to be able to look upon these beautiful pieces of art. I went back later in the evening with my two children so that they could experience it as well. I am very thankful that we were one of the 6 cities in the United States to be lucky enough to host this exhibit.

Cassandra | Sat Sep 11 2004

Where oh Where is "The Ornithologist" hiding? Couldn't find it in 1997. It used to hang on the half landing up the stairs to west wing near St. Sebastian. Don't tell me Lord Irvine nicked it for his Londom abode! Please say it isn't so. It's a major joy to me when I'm home in Glagow. Where is it?

Katrina Sully | Thu Oct 23 2003

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