I can’t believe I’m doing a blog post (review?) of a museum but this weekend’s outing was an attempt at being cultured at a request from our eldest. I’m not sure we pulled it off but at least I feel as if we done something educational rather than sat inside with the kids glued to screens. It was a typical Glasgow rainy day, but I was still surprised at how busy the museum was! There isn’t a huge car park so it took us a wee while to get parked.
Kelvingrove itself is actually one of my favourite buildings in Glasgow, it stands opposite the equally beautiful Glasgow University and these Victorian buildings are the perfect examples of Glasgow’s finest architecture. If you get a dry day then Kelvingrove Park, surrounding the museum is also a nice wee walk or perfect for a picnic. I’m not going to lie, museums are a hit or a miss with me and I get bored way too easy but when it’s in such a nice building and has such a wide variety of exhibitions then it is easier to keep my attention. It is also a photographer’s dream.
Kelvingrove is advertised as an art museum but there are lots of history exhibitions too, the natural history animal exhibition is a favourite of mine. This is the first I have visited since the museum had a makeover and it’s a lot less cluttered and has a more modern feel to it but it still keeps the original feel with the original features and marble floors. I’d definitely say the museum has a little something for everyone. There were a few families there with toddlers and they all seemed to be enjoying the hands-on displays. There is a cafe on the basement level and a coffee shop in the main area. I did try the victorian sponge and it was really fresh and tasty, prices were very reasonable too. The cafe was too busy for me even to get a look at the menu! The gift shop is always a favourite at museums (also essential bribery tool when the kids are acting up). There are a couple of different gift shops downstairs, one being your traditional gift shop with a selection of pocket money toys and another one which was more art based. I would have liked to have a longer look in here but I know Shannon managed a look around and has put a couple of prints on her birthday list.
I’d definitely recommend a visit to this museum, just to see the building alone, if not for the exhibitions. Kelvingrove is one of the stops on the Glasgow tour bus so it’s easy to get to even if you don’t have a car. As with all Scottish museums, entry is FREE, it’s always nice to put a couple of pounds in the wee donation boxes provided, though.