The city is home to more than 20 world-class museums and art galleries; and is proud to have Europe’s largest civic arts collection with works by Van Gogh, Degas and Monet all available to view free-of-charge in venues around the city.
At the heart of Glasgow Harbour, in the city's West End, is the iconic Riverside Museum, named European Museum of the Year in 2013, this multi-award winning museum is home to over 3,000 objects that detail Glasgow’s rich past from its days as maritime powerhouse to a glimpse into daily Glasgow life in the early to mid 20th Century. Also situated in the West End is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which first opened its doors in 1901. It houses one of Europe's great art collections and is amongst the top three free-to-enter visitor attractions in Scotland and one of the most visited museums in the United Kingdom outside of London.
A former fish market, The Briggait opened in July 2010, as a new home for visual artists and cultural organisations. Along with Trongate 103, The Briggait redevelopment has created a vibrant new arts quarter in the Merchant City. And just a few blocks away, the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Scotland's most visited modern art gallery, displays work that highlights the interests, influences and working methods of artists from around the world.
Head to the East End of the city where you can explore the history of Glasgow. Contemplate faith and religion by taking in the artefacts at St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Art before enjoying a stroll in the first Zen garden in Britain. Take in a visit to the Tenement House and the Provand’s Lordship to see recreated houses and interiors of times gone by.
Whether it’s the Art Nouveau genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, or Billy Connolly’s infamous Banana Boots at the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens which appeal, you won't be short of amazing places to visit in the City of Culture.