Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

One of the places I’ve really taken a shine to when we went on our UK trip was Glasgow, particularly the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Before our trip commenced, I already looked at all the sights and places that we were going to and even before seeing it in the flesh, I already knew that Kelvingrove was going to be a favourite of mine, and I was right!

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My first glimpse of Kelvingrove.

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From Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, we caught a glimpse of the University of Glasgow.

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You may think that this is the front, but this is actually the back of the museum! A popular myth about Kelvingrove is that the building was built the wrong way, while another myth is that the architect committed suicide here by leaping from one of the towers. As most myths usually are, neither of the two is true. Way back in 1901, when Kelvingrove first opened its doors to the public, the main entrance was at the back as visitors came from Kelvingrove part, but fast forward to today, most visitors now enter from the main road located at Argyle Street.

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Close-up. The building was reopened in 2006, after undergoing a three-year refurbishment, and ever since, it has become one of Scotland’s most popular (not to mention free!) visitor attractions.

Kelvingrove Museum has over 8000 objects on display, and sad to say that since we only had limited time, we didn’t get to see all of them, but, nevertheless,  we were very impressed with all that we saw!

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The interiors of the place = so pretty! *u*

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The so-called Kelvingrove organ, which was built by Lewis & Co Ltd of Brixton, London at the turn of the 19th century. The company no longer exists today, and it flourished during 1860-1919, but then it was merged with Messrs Henry Willis & Sons Ltd.

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A closer view of the organ. It was originally hired from the Lewis firm and installed in the 1901 International Exhibition Concert Hall. When the exhibition ended, the organ was bought and it was then moved on 1902 to the new Art Gallery and Museum.

There are daily organ recitals. These are free performances and they take place at 1pm Monday – Saturday and on Sundays at 3pm.

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The most prominent art display that I’ve seen of Kelvingrove in social media sites (especially on Instagram!) would be the Floating Heads installation by Sophie Cave. She created over 50 of them, and these heads are completely white and they hang from the ceiling. No bodies, just heads. Though all white, a light does shine on them, and when it does, it highlights the different expressions and emotions on the heads – they display various  emotions ranging from laughter to despair. They are sort of creepy-looking, I agree, but if you’re like me, you might feel a weird draw to them! 😀

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Admiring the installation. So pretty! I could stare at them all day. I was a bit surprised that there weren’t that much people in this part of the museum but I did notice that even in other parts, it’s actually really rare to spot a group of people more than five here. Though that may be because the place is huge!

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One of the paintings in Kelvingrove. There are a lot of Scottish art here – the main draw to the museum would be Dali’s ‘Christ of Saint John of the Cross’. I do have a photo of it but it’s not really that good. Scratch that, my photo of the painting was really bad so you’re better off looking at it elsewhere! Or on Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum’s official website.

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Pretty figurine. I’ve always admired old time-y dresses!

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One of the paintings that stood out to me.

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This painting’s probably my favourite. It made me chuckle, that it did, when I first saw it. Too bad I didn’t catch the title (or the painter!) of this piece. ;;

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There are also some paintings done by Monet located here in Kelvingrove.

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That’s me trying to get a decent shot. Sort of failed in that aspect though since my photos are all crooked! 😀

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More paintings.

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Another photo of the Floating Heads installation.

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While I was strolling through one of the corridors, spotted this painting and took a snap of it!

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Pretty glass.

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The rest of the museum may be empty, but it seems as though all the museum-goers, especially those with kids, were in this section! Hanging on the ceiling is an airplane that was used between 1947-1949, which used to fly with the 602 (City of Glasgow ) Squadron. It’s a Spitfire LA198 which was built in 1944. It used to be displayed originally in the Museum of Transport of Glasgow, but after the renovation done in Kelvingrove, it was relocated here.

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White tiger! There are a lot of interesting critters that you can see in this part of the museum – which is called the ‘Life’ part, I think.

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The animals look so real! But they most probably are – I think they’re stuffed animals?

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Meow! This cat’s eyes look so alive *u*

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I’ve seen a lot of photos and videos of seals on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook recently, and I’ve been thinking of how cute they look, these sea puppies, and then this.. Aaah, seals have sharp teeth! ;;

It’s such a shame that we weren’t able to see everything that Kelvingrove has to offer, but again, from what we saw, we were indeed very impressed with the museum! In fact, I fully understand why it’s one of the most popular attractions in Glasgow. Not only is it free, but at the same time a trip to Kelvingrove is educational, fun, and there are even a lot of IG-worthy spots in the museum too! If you are planning on a trip to Glasgow and you’re a person who appreciates art, this is definitely a must-see! ❤

Also!! Free wi-fi throughout the whole area! Now how cool is that? (I actually did a Facebook Live session while I was here LOL) ❤

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