Visitors develop favourites, which, like old friends, they drop in to see whenever they get a chance. And although everyone thinks their cherished local institution is special, the sense of Kelvingrove’s uniqueness is backed up by facts – it is the largest civic museum and art gallery in the UK, with collections of international importance.
Prior to its closure Kelvingrove’s annual total of one million visits made it in absolute terms the most-visited museum in Scotland, and the sixth most-visited museum in Britain.
Kelvingrove was closed for several years. It re-opened in June 2006 and has once again found its place in the heart of the people of the City.
Some friends and I visited it on Sunday when they have the organ giving a recital. It was a wonderful experience. The following will give a flavour of the main halls.