The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow provides the top 5 things everyone looks for in a museum; art, history, dead animals, free admission, and a fat Elvis! In fact, according to it’s own website it’s “one of the most visited museums in the U.K. outside of London.” I’ll admit, that doesn’t sound like a terribly impressive stat., but this is a world class museum!
Seriously, how “museumy is that?!”
The great thing about the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, is it has a little of everything and it’s huge! Natural history,
ancient world history,
enormous art installations,
and did I mention Elvis?
In fact, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses 22 separate themed galleries ranging from Salvador Dali to one of the finest collections of European arms and armor in the world. Here’s a thing I learned; because museums are educational. There exists armor that was made to withstand bullets. I guess I just never thought of the era of the gun and the knight in shining armor overlapping.
But I saved the best part for last. Whoever wrote all of the informative plaques is my hero. They answer the questions we are all asking.
Can’t win them all I guess!
They also take all of the pretense out of stuffy art commentary, such as this description full of speculation.
I love an art critique that can admit that it might not mean anything!
Another example is my personal favorite, The Doctor’s Visit, alternatively titled (by me) “Bitches Be Crazy.”
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, even at the expense of children’s nightmares.
And now for no real reason, here are some adorable cartoon snails causing carnage.
So as you can see, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon, especially in notoriously expensive and rainy Scotland and it’s all watched over by a Gatsby-esque pair of spectacles.
And if you’re lucky enough got get gorgeous weather like I did, exploring the museum grounds can be just as exciting.
I was helped in the planning of this trip by Colin Mairs of Excursion Scotland. As well as guided tours in 4 languages, Excursion Scotland offers a travel consulting service to help you plan your perfect self-guided tour of Scotland. Learn more at www.ExcursionScotland.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ExcursionScotland .