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Gallery of Modern Art

Neighborhood: City Centre
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Address: Royal Exchange Square | 111 Queen Street, Glasgow G1 3AH, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 141 287 3050
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Housed in a grand iconic building in Royal Exchange Square, the GoMA...

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.

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Yeah.. It Was Good But Not Amazing

I've been here a few times but nothing ever seems to change, it's a beautiful building with lovely lighting but there's not too much going on with the exhibits, however this may... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Naeve S
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here a few times but nothing ever seems to change, it's a beautiful building with lovely lighting but there's not too much going on with the exhibits, however this may be because I visit Glasgow a lot. If your into art galleries then give it ago.

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

Thanks for the comments. I'm sorry that you found your visit to be a bit disappointing. We try really hard to provide a thought-provoking programme including displays of local and international artworks from the City’s collection alongside temporary exhibitions and events with artists. We've had good feedback from visitors who have enjoyed what's on display. As with many local authority/municipally-funded... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for modern art, recent exhibition on documentaries was good. Gallery shop was good, staff very pleasant. Also free to get in.

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Thank Alex M
GoMAGlasgow, Manager at Gallery of Modern Art, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. Really glad to see that you enjoyed your visit and the staff added to the experience. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Gareth, Museum Manager, GoMA More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was stopped in my tracks by the horrendous lump of a building in the middle of merchant square. I don't know how I've missed it all these years, since I work around the corner. I don't know why they still build buildings like this, but funding these terrible spaces is a huge waste of tax payers $$. All I can... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking forward to seeing some exciting art but were left laughing at some silly attempts to hijack real talent. We saw a painting completed with ladies soiled pants and some ripped carrier bags on top of a mesh frame. Really?

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

Thanks for the comments. I'm sorry that you found your visit to be a bit disappointing. Like all museums and galleries, not just modern and contemporary art ones, we acknowledge that the displays may not be to everyone's taste. Even if a visitor does not enjoy the exhibition programme we hope that they find the iconic, centrally-located building of interest.... More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Firstly the gallery building is a very attractive landmark in Central Glasgow, and is worth a visit both by day and night as the illuminations on and around the gallery are beautiful. As for the art itself I am never really sure about 'Modern Art'. When I visited the main exhibitions included a vintage film interview regarding kinky tendencies towards... More 

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Thank Roberts69
GoMAGlasgow, Manager at Gallery of Modern Art, responded to this review

Thanks for the comments. I'm sorry that you found your visit to be a bit disappointing. Like all museums and galleries, not just modern and contemporary art ones, we acknowledge that the displays may not be to everyone's taste. I'd really hope that the staff here wouldn't be saying "Oh you just don't get it" - they're really good at... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very disappointing. At least it's free and you can walk through it quickly. The gallery is housed in a beautiful historic building in central Glasgow. I had some free time as the rest of my family had stopped for coffee just outside in the square. I don't get modern art at the best of times but can usually appreciate talent... More 

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

Thanks for the comments. I'm sorry that you found your visit to be a bit disappointing. Like all museums and galleries, not just modern and contemporary art ones, we acknowledge that the displays may not be to everyone's taste. Even if a visitor does not enjoy the exhibition programme we hope that they find the iconic, centrally-located building of interest.... More 

Tadcaster, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely modern art. The exhibitions on show really didn't appeal to me. I just couldn't see the connection with paintings and clothes hanging on rails.

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Thank TLCJ1961
GoMAGlasgow, Manager at Gallery of Modern Art, responded to this review

Thanks for the comments. I'm sorry that you found your visit to be a bit disappointing. Like all museums and galleries, not just modern and contemporary art ones, we acknowledge that the displays may not be to everyone's taste. Even if a visitor does not enjoy the exhibition programme we hope that they find the iconic, centrally-located building of interest.... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whilst I dont expect all exhibits to be to my taste, I would hope to finds SOMETHING of interest. Sadly that was not the case, a view shared by the other visitors that I spoke to. The building is however beautiful, in a wonderful location and the staff extremely helpful.

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

Thanks for your comments. I'm glad to hear that you found the building beautiful and our staff to be extremely helpful. I agree! Even if a visitor does not enjoy the exhibition programme we hope that they find the iconic, centrally-located building of interest. There's also an opportunity to visit our great shop, lovely library and cafe and the recently... More 

Airdrie, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Current ground floor exhibit not really suitable for children. The upstairs exhibit was frankly pathetic. How does clothes hanging on a clothes rail constitute art.? As well as the carrier bag part of that exhibit was also pathetic. Gallery of Modern Art or Gallery of Pompous Garbage? Not worth the money and it was free.

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

Thanks for the comments. I'm sorry that you found your visit to be a disappointing. Like all museums and galleries, not just modern and contemporary art ones, we acknowledge that the displays may not be to everyone's taste. I note with interest that you appear to have missed the three warning signs, that are displayed outside the gallery, about the... More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

I struggled to gain anything from everything I saw at this place. I like to paint and I have or think I have no problem in thinking outside of the "box". What is art? and all that sort of stuff is not something I get bogged down with. This is perhaps demonstrated by my favourite artist being Frank Auerbach and... More 

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Thank Paul T
GoMAGlasgow, Manager at Gallery of Modern Art, responded to this review

Thanks for the comments. I'm sorry that you found your visit to be a bit disappointing. Like all museums and galleries, not just modern and contemporary art ones, we acknowledge that the displays may not be to everyone's taste. Even if a visitor does not enjoy the exhibition programme we hope that they find the iconic, centrally-located building of interest.... More 

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