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The Kelvingrove Museum

Listed under Museums in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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The Kelvingrove Museum was established in Glasgow’s west end in 1901 as part of the Glasgow International Exhibition. In the run-up to the centenary of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in 2001, Glasgow City Council began to prepare for a complete restoration of the building and radical redisplay of objects. Fundraising for the renovations neared £50 million, so the Kelvingrove has some pressure in proving its worth to the people of Glasgow.

Happily a day spent there is one filled with adventure and interest. The beautiful building has an amazing atmosphere, with the organ recitals adding an interesting flavour to the main hall, though the day I visited the person playing may be in need of some more practise!

The museum is free (though donations appreciated), letting you free to discover the displays about natural history, which has some of Darwin’s finds, exhibits about Glasgow’s turbulent and tough history and guest exhibitions that fill the halls under the watch of Salvador Dali’s iconic Christ of St John of the Cross, the proudest and most famous exhibit in the museum. The museum also boasts an under 5’s exhibition that will delight the wee ones while you're sitting down for a coffee in the café that sits under the beautifully ornate roof of the central hall.

Written by  John Johnston.

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