Gallery of Modern Art

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow: Hours, Address, Gallery of Modern Art Reviews: 3/5

Gallery of Modern Art
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Scotland's most visited art gallery and the centre for Glasgow's extensive modern and contemporary art collection. Found in the heart of Glasgow in Royal Exchange Square, GoMA is FREE to enter. GoMA is part of Glasgow's civic museum service and provides a thought-provoking programme including displays of local and international artworks from the City’s collection alongside temporary exhibitions and events with artists. There is also a permanent display that charts the history of the building. Have a look at our website for the full programme. There's also an opportunity to visit a great shop, lovely library with free internet access/PCs and cafe. Outside the gallery sits the statue of the Duke of Wellington that is often adorned by a traffic cone. Sometimes confused for being an art installation that the Gallery is responsible for, the cone(s) on Wellington's statue are placed by daring passers-by, usually very late at night. It seems to have been going on for about 30 years.
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david
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Gareth, please spend more time getting some art in for people to look at than answering every single review with a lengthy "thank you blah blah". On Trip Advisor the owner is not supposed to be so involved.
More importantly, the musuem and the and special exhititions on the ground floor aren't a patch on what they were in the early 2000s. Almost no-one likes videos, almost everyone likes big installation art like the turbine hall at tate modern; you used to be brilliant at that. This would be expensiive I accept, but even getting some stuff out of the musuem store would cost nothing and be better than the empty spaces you give us today.
Written January 2, 2020
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Thanks for your visit and review. I'm surprised that you take issue with me responding in detail to reviews but I'll try and answer the points you raise as succinctly as possible. You are quite correct to point out the expense of staging large scale installations, similar to Tate Modern's turbine hall - unfortunately our budgets can not compete with the Tate, nor in real terms, are they a patch on what they used to be in the early 2000s. Other visitor feedback would suggest that the majority of our visitors enjoy the large scale video installations. Retrieving artworks from store and staging them at GoMA does not 'cost nothing'. Conservation, logistics, exhibition design and build, editorial and interpretation, marketing, etc., and all the staff time and materials are not free from charge. GoMA is part of Glasgow's civic museum service and we do have a changing programme of museums' collection and loaned-in exhibitions and associated public programme. We hope that next time you visit you may find something to enjoy. Gareth, Museum Manager, GoMA
Written January 6, 2020
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Maya
Edinburgh, UK290 contributions
Any time I’m in Glasgow city center I pop in here for a visit. With such a good location it’s easy to visit when you’re out for lunch or shopping. There’s a cafe and a nice shop too and it’s great that entry is free.

This is a small gallery so you’ll be out in an hour. There’s always something interesting to see, even if it’s not your cup of tea. There are often new exhibits and displays so each time you’ll something new. The baking itself is great to walk round, I love the stained glass windows.

The only real negative is that it closes at 5 o’clock. It would be good if the gallery was open later.
Written June 7, 2022
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Hi - thanks for your visits and review. It's lovely to read that you pop in any time you're in the city centre. As with many local authority/municipally-funded museums and galleries we try to provide as much variety as we can whilst retaining free admission. We hope, visitors find the iconic, centrally-located building of interest. There is also a permanent display that charts the history of the building. And we have a number of original craft commissions inside and outside the building by artists such as Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely and Tim Stead. The stained glass windows are one of these, provided by the artist Adrian Wiszniewski. GoMA is part of Glasgow's civic museum service and we do have a changing programme of museums' collection and loaned-in exhibitions and associated public programme. We hope that next time you visit you continue to find something more to enjoy. Gareth, Museum Manager, GoMA
Written June 15, 2022
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stattotim
Truro, UK188 contributions
Family
Interesting gallery organised over a number of levels. Features video and mixed media works as well as paintings. The gallery is clearly learning how to operate mid-Covid, with an overly zealously enforced one way system and a lack of seating throughout. This marred the visit for us to a certain extent - and we are by far not the least able of guests. The Covid risks of sharing seats needs to be weighed against the gains of being able to experience art in its fullest... And ensuring art is accessible to all.
Written July 29, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review. You're right that we have been working our way through the Covid-related restrictions and trying to keep visitors and staff safe whilst on site. We've been regularly reviewing these as the guidance changes. Gareth Museum Manager GoMA
Written August 31, 2021
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Anna H
Chicago, IL1,139 contributions
GOMA is in a repurposed classical building. The interior is quite elegant, with temporary exhibits and a small permanent collection on several floors.
There is an interesting staircase, and the pediment, as well as the entry foyer are lined with mosaics.
There is a bookstore and small cafe in the basement.
Written July 19, 2022
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Thanks for your visit and review. We hope you found something to enjoy. Gareth, Museum Manager, GoMA
Written July 21, 2022
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Paul H
Campbeltown, UK633 contributions
Couples
Housed in a small building that looks a bit like a Roman temple or Victorian bank is the Gallery of Modern Art. It is small but IMHO perfectly formed both structurally inside and with what's being displayed. I was especially impressed with Gallery 4 and Domestic Bliss.
There's a great little shop on the ground floor and the lift (elevator) was particularly impressive.
Definitely worth a visit !
Written May 17, 2022
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Thanks for your visit and kind feedback. Delighted to read that you particularly enjoyed Domestic Bliss - it's full of works from the city's collections, including new acquisitions, so it's great to get this response. GoMA is part of Glasgow's civic museum service and we have a changing programme of museums' collection and loaned-in exhibitions and associated public programme. We hope that next time you visit you continue to find something to enjoy. Gareth, GoMA, Museum Manager
Written May 18, 2022
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Harri
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Family
Good gallery with a range of different types of artworks considering it's size. I'd say it's ideal for those who maybe haven't been to any modern art galleries before or students studying art as it is free. We didn't take too long to get around it probably about an 1hr maybe an 1 1/2hrs. However it had some good little exhibitions. You could probably spend longer there. The main gallery itself is a work of art. If you're visiting the city it's an easy thing to do although if you have kids I'd say they would find it a bit boring.
Written August 25, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review. Glad to hear that you had a good visit. We also have activities for visiting children that hopefully make any visit less boring! Gareth Museum Manager GoMA
Written August 31, 2021
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Jono
Bishop Auckland, UK56 contributions
Couples
Great little gallery. Well laid out with a wide range of work from some great artists. It’s a shame the main gallery area and library were both shut on the day we visited but the rest of the gallery was well worth a look around. Shop was small but reasonably priced.
Written October 27, 2021
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Thanks for your visit and kind comments. Glad to read that you had a great time. Gareth, Museum Manager, GoMA
Written November 11, 2021
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davek
Edinburgh, UK35 contributions
Another great visit to this first class modern art gallery, with a seriously good range of works from later 19th C to modern day. A bit more restricted than before owing to Covid, but that doesn't spoil the enjoyment of this great place.

Cafe/restaurant has more queueing than before cos of Covid, but the staff did their best and it was enjoyable as ever having lunch in the beautiful garden.
Written August 26, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review. Glad to hear that you had a good visit. We're a bit confused though... our cafe/restaurant wasn't open and we don't have a garden (let alone a beautiful one!). Maybe you visited somewhere else too? Gareth Museum Manager GoMA
Written August 31, 2021
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northants90
Northampton, UK2,952 contributions
Couples
We visited this beautiful building in the city centre. The gallery is a former royal exchange and has the grandeur of such a building.

The exhibitions are over 3 floors with a blend of modern and tradition art. It is not over crowded and displays regularly change. A great gallery
Written July 4, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review. Glad to hear that you had a good visit. Gareth Museum Manager GoMA
Written August 31, 2021
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cmdevlin64
Washington DC, DC415 contributions
We enjoyed a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art. Like most museums in Glasgow, GoMA is free and operated by GlasgowLife (i.e., funded by Glasgow Council). It houses a thoughtful collection of modern art in a variety of media. The artwork is supported by clear interpretation which goes beyond the name of the artist and title of the work to provide some context.

We particularly liked the museum's support of local artists, including non-professionals. Works displayed in "Thistles and Dandelions", a temporary exhibition, highlighted women's history and contributions to their households and communities.

At least two new exhibitions are planned to open in 2021 and we hope to return to see them.
Written May 23, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review. Glad to hear that you had a good visit and we look forward to welcoming you again. Gareth Museum Manager GoMA
Written August 31, 2021
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