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Gallery of Modern Art

Royal Exchange Square | 111 Queen Street, Glasgow G1 3AH, Scotland
44-141-229-1996
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As featured in Glasgow for free
Ranked #83 of 161 attractions in Glasgow
Type: Art Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Housed in a grand iconic building in Royal Exchange Square, the GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art) hosts art exhibitions and special events throughout the... more » Owner description: Housed in a grand iconic building in Royal Exchange Square, the GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art) hosts art exhibitions and special events throughout the year. The Library at GoMA houses a café, free internet access terminals and an extensive collection of art and design books. « less
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Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

I love modern art but there was nothing there. Apart from some huge celluloids nothing. The kids got to make their own stuff and stick it to a wall. It's a real shame. Please do something with the space.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I'm no lover of the extreme nonsense of contemporary art, but I spent an enjoyable hour or so here made much better by the enthusiastic and knowledgable staff sharing their knowledge of both the amazing building and its contents. The Ian Hamilton Finlay exhibit appealed to me most; The cafe is a bit spartan but they made a better cup... More

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GoMAGlasgow, Administrator at Gallery of Modern Art, responded to this review

Dear Lovethehills74, Many thanks for your positive review of the Gallery of Modern Art. Our Gallery is a wonderful space for highlighting various modern approaches to art. Of course enjoyment of the works is subjective to personal opinions, but you are totally correct in that it is a great venue to visit regardless. The building as you are probably aware... More

chocolatetiger66
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Quick visit before catching a train. Free entry to a lovely building. The best things were the ceiling, gift shop, glass elevator, coloured glass windows, eye spy wooden seat. The poor art exhibits were a waste of time, absolute rubbish. We had a giggle at the visitors book. Got told to carry our suitcases not to wheel them. Made use... More

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GoMAGlasgow, Administrator at Gallery of Modern Art, responded to this review

Dear chocolatetiger66, I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to the Gallery of Modern Art. During your visit, some of our gallery space was being made ready for the current exhibitions and so you probably did not receive a complete visit. Art is always a personal and subjective matter and so installations at GoMA will... More

Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I was warned before-hand that this place is pretty naff, but despite that I thought I'd check it out, and I'm sorry I did. There's barely anything there. From the outside it looks a grand building, but that's about as good as it gets. I started from the bottom and worked my way up, but I gave up before I... More

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GoMAGlasgow, Administrator at Gallery of Modern Art, responded to this review

Dear Mitch A, I am sorry to hear that you didn’t fully enjoy your visit to the Gallery of Modern Art in March. Our exhibitions were coming to the end of their run, and we now have new ones installed. If you can please look at the following link for an up to date list of exhibitions currently on at... More

Livingston, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We went with an open mind but i've got to say the best thing about this building IS the building. We found the exhibits to be mostly sparse and uninspiring , we certainly won't be back.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The museum is inside the iconic exchange building. Both inside and outside worth a look. However, the content is fairly poor and sparse. There was a temporary exhibition on art and war when we were there and if it wasn't for this it would have been bit of waste of time. It's seems really sad that Glasgow can't find a... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I am sorry but if i had to pay i would be asking for a refund, there is a lot of wasted space that could be used for exhibits here, really needs more to see and maybe soft music playing as you go around. the staff are very pleasent and helpful

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Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

First time i have ever been , and iwon't ever be going back , it felt very empty with out atmosphere .Some of the exhibits about the war were interesting , also in the gift shop there were no post cards of the iconic statue of the Duke of Wellington as this statue is really famous in Glasgow I was... More

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ecosse
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Visited this gallery last week-end , very disappointing , after visiting some of the great galleries of Glasgow this was a non event. It's free so might take up an hour on a wet day. Sorry not for me.

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Oxford
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Housed in a wonderful building the permanent exhibits themselves were relatively sparse and underwhelming. The special exhibition on war included some very moving individual pieces but there was a general lack of atmosphere.

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