Exploring the Art of Glasgow on Student Tours

Exploring the Art of Glasgow on Student Tours


As the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is a growing centre for the arts and culture of the country. Though it is not the capital, Glasgow is still a great place to go on student tours to explore this boom. Most of Scotland's national arts organisations are based in the city. Glasgow boasts more than 10 major museums and, with such an array of galleries and shows, there are few better places to visit if you are Top Glasgow Attractions learning about art as a student. Tours to the galleries of Glasgow will likely take you to some of the "big guns" such as the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Glasgow Museum of Modern Art

Located at Royal Exchange Square in the heart of the city, the large, neo-Classical building that houses the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (GoMA), is a must-visit for any student. Tours through the museum can be arranged, but unless you have all day to while away in the halls of modern art, it may be better to have a look at the guide when you enter and decide what it is you want to see the most. The building was built in 1778 as a townhouse for a wealthy tobacco merchant and, in 1817, was purchased by the Royal Bank of Scotland, after which it became the Royal Exchange. During the 50s, it became a library, but in 1996 it was reopened as the GoMA. Its ever-changing temporary displays are inspired by the city's modern art collection and it houses a cutting edge collection of local, national and international artists across a range of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, prints, video and media installations.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Now that the Kelvingrove Art Gallery has re-opened, it is one of the museums in Glasgow that should not be missed on student tours that are focused on the fine arts. The building was partially funded by the 1888 International Exhibition held in Kelvingrove Park and was designed by Sir John Simpson and E.J. Milner Allen. It opened in 1901, as the Palace of Fine Arts, for the exhibition for that year. Built in a Spanish Baroque style and constructed with Dumfriesshire red sandstone, the outside of the gallery is imposing and impressive.

The museum was closed for renovation from 2003-06, where much of the damage that was imposed on the building when a bomb dropped nearby during World War II was restored, and now the museum is the most popular free-to-enter attraction in Scotland. Much of the museum's original collection came from the McLellan Galleries and from the City Industrial Museum. Today, the museum houses one of Europe's finest armour collections and many European works, including the Old Masters, Dutch Renaissance, French Impressionists, and the Scottish Colourists. A particular highlight that shouldn't be missed is Salvador Dali's "Christ of Saint John of the Cross".


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