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Glasgow Museum’s Must See Treasures

BY: LAURA PEARSON SMITH | 12.5.2014 |

Glasgow Museum’s Must See TreasuresMany museums have hundreds, if not thousands of artifacts - but often it is just one item that keeps people returning again and again. At the Louvre in Paris it's the Mona Lisa, and at the Vatican Museums in Rome it's Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Glasgow's many museums also have must-see pieces and treasures that no matter how many times you examine them, can never be fully appreciated.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the West End of the city contains 22 galleries of artifacts ranging from the work of Scottish painters, to armour and stuffed animals. It is truly eclectic. It is, however, a piece on the ground floor, not far from the entrance, that keeps me coming back to this free admission museum. Displayed in full view, just a pane of glass away from your own face, is an ancient Egyptian mummified head (and hand). All the features are fully intact, including some hair, and there is no limit to the amount of hours that I can stand and stare at it. I find it fascinating to be able to get so close to someone that lived that long ago.

 Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG

Kelvingrove Museum

Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

At the other end of the historical timeline is the city's free-to-enter Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). The exterior of this is one of Glasgow's most recognisable buildings. Inside, it displays modern works of art from both local Scottish artists and renowned modern artists like Andy Warhol and David Hockney. The gallery has few permanent exhibits, but it is Scottish artist Jim Lambie's sculpture Seven and Seven Is or Sunshine Bathed the Golden Glow that is a fascinating must-see item. It's a pile of brightly coloured wooden chairs piled on top of each other with mirrored handbags hanging off them. It was acquired for the museum in 2009 through the Art Fund, and is a visually stunning piece even if no matter how many times you look at it you can't work out what it means.

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH

The Hunterian Museum

Going back in time again, the Hunterian Museum (place of many a school trip) is housed within the imposing Gothic main building of the University of Glasgow. The Antonine Wall: Rome's Final Frontier is a permanent display, and contains many of the most important artifacts from Roman Britain. To me, the coins are the most fascinating. Looking at them, it is amazing to imagine them changing hands and what they purchased. Admission is, like the others, also free - an excellent way to encourage repeat visits.

 Huntarian Museum, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Display at the Hunterian Museum

Photo Credit: Jordanhill School D&T Dept, Flickr

Photo Credit: Scott Denham, Flickr

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