Museums of Glasgow: 8 of the best things to do and see at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Glasgow's proudest public spaces which boasts a fine collection.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has been a Glasgow favourite for generations with the museum first opening its doors back in 1901.

It boasts one of Europe’s finest civic art collections and is a must visit for any tourist heading to Glasgow. You are able to spend hours at Kelvingrove where you can discover everything from Charles Rennie Mackintosh to Ancient Egypt.

One of Glasgow’s biggest and most enduring urban legends is that Kelvingrove was accidentally built back to front. Some versions of the story take it even further, claiming one of the architects died to suicide by throwing themself from one of the towers after experiencing such despair over his mistake. To debunk the myth, no Kelvingrove was not built back-to-front. The grand entrance was always intended to face towards Kelvingrove Park - as that was where the Glasgow International Exhibition was held, and Kelvingrove Park was always intended to be a lofty space for the people after the exhibition was wrapped up.

The original remit for the architectural competition for Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum stipulated that the front and main entrance should face north into Kelvingrove Park, and not south onto Argyle Street. Neither of the leading architects died to suicide either, both led architectural careers spanning well into the 20th century before dying of natural causes.

Here are eight of our favourite things to admire in the museum.

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