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Top 7 Galleries – Glasgow

1. McLellan Galleries

Built in 1855-6 and designed by the architect James Smith, the McLellan Galleries were named after their founder Archibald McLellan who was a prominent Glaswegian coach builder and councillor. Make sure to pay the McLellan Galleries a visit while you’re in the city, as it is the biggest temporary exhibition in Scotland and well worth a visit.

2. Riverside Museum

Only opened to the public in 2013, the Riverside Museum, Glasgow is popular with both locals and tourists alike and has been named as the winner of the European Museum of the Year Award. A beautifully designed building from the eminent architects Zaha Hadid, the Riverside Museum contains work from L. S. Lowry and a SAR Class steam locomotive which was built in 1945 by the Glasgow based North British Locomotive Company.

3. Gallery of Modern Art

Located in the heart of the city centre, not far from our Easirent Glasgow depot, the Gallery of Modern Art is the city’s main gallery of contemporary art. Housed in a stunning neoclassical building in Royal Exchange Square, the building was originally built as a townhouse for William Cunningham, who was a prominent Glaswegian tobacco lord. Pop in and view works by David Hockney and Andy Warhol.

4. Glasgow Museum of Transport

Glasgow is famed for it’s history of shipbuilding during the industrial revolution, so it makes sense to include the Glasgow Museum of Transport on this list. Pick up your Easirent hire car from our Glasgow city centre depot and head to the Riverside Museum building at Glasgow Harbour, which is home to the Glasgow Museum of Transport. Once inside, you’ll find road vehicles, including the oldest surviving pedal cycle and a dedicated section to Glasgow’s glowing shipbuilding past, which include the the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth and the QE2.

5. The Burrell Collection

Situated in Pollok Country Park, just a short drive from our Easirent Glasgow city centre branch, the Burrell Collection is an eclectic collection of art that was built up over many years by art collector and shipping mogul Sir William Burrell. Visitors can expect t find a vast collection of Chinese, Islamic and Gothic art, as well as the largest collections of medieval stained glass in the world.

6. The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

The oldest museum in Scotland, The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery is located across multiple buildings in the University of Glasgow. Part of the museum’s collections are on permanent display, including ‘William Hunter: Man, Medic and Collector’ and ‘Lord Kelvin: Revolutionary Scientist.’

7. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Glasgow’s most popular, free visitor attraction is the most visited museum outside of London. Having recently undergone an extensive renovation, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was reopened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 and it now accommodates over 8000 exhibits including works by the French Impressionists, Scottish Colourists and the Dutch Renaissance artists.