Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a museum and art gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. The building houses one of Europe's great civic art collections. Since its 2003-2006 refurbishment, the museum has been the most popular free-to-enter visitor attraction in Scotland,, BBC News Scotland, accessed 3 May 2007, BBC News, accessed 19 June 2008 and the most visited museum in the United Kingdom outside London., Guardian.co.uk, accessed 19 June 2008

It is located on Argyle Street, in the West End of the city, on the banks of the River Kelvin (opposite the architecturally similar Kelvin Hall, which was built in matching style some years later, after the previous hall had been destroyed by fire). It is adjacent to Kelvingrove Park and is situated immediately beneath the main campus of the University of Glasgow on Gilmorehill.

Design and Construction

The construction of Kelvingrove was partly financed by the proceeds of the 1888 International Exhibition held in Kelvingrove Park. The gallery was designed by Sir John W. Simpson and E.J. Milner Allen and opened in 1901, as the Palace of Fine Arts for the Glasgow International Exhibition held in that year. It is built in a Spanish Baroque style, follows the Glaswegian tradition of using Dumfriesshire red sandstone, and includes an entire program of architectural sculpture by George Frampton, Francis Derwent Wood and other sculptors. The...
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