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Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum

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Address: 40 Albert Place | Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ, Scotland
Phone Number: 441786471917
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The admission free Smith Art Gallery and Museum is the idealchoice for...

The admission free Smith Art Gallery and Museum is the idealchoice for exploring the rich cultural history of Stirling, Stirlingshire and the Trossachs.

Opened in 1874, at the bequest of artist Thomas Stuart Smith. This purpose built Victorian museum and art gallery houses over 40,000 objects and artworks which celebrate the people, heritage and culture, which makde Stirling the heart of Scotland.

Galleries 1 & 2: are home to our temporary exhibitions. These include the annual Summer exhibition from the Smith’s own collections.

Gallery 3: The Stirling Story

Start your Journey with pre-historic whale bones, bronze- age cists and Roman pottery.

Learn about William Wallace, King Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Independence

Discover how Scottish democracy was founded in the streets of Stirling

Find the world’s oldest football – did it really belong to Mary Queen of Scots?

Pick a Trade, learn about the 7 Incorporated Trades, the Polmaise Miners and the 1984/85 strike

What did a WWII prisoner of war Nissan hut look like inside?

Drop by the Hayes Music, shop front, do you recognise any of the records?

All the family can dress up in costume as they explore the galleries.

Colouring and brass rubbing stations for the children.

Events: The Smith runs a wide and varied event programme from children's events to talks and lectures which accompany the exhibitions on show.

Ailie’s Garden: The Building is sited within a 2 acre biodiversity garden which is perfect for picnics and to let the children burn off all their energy while trying to master some of the outdoor musical instruments.

The garden is also home to outdoor exhibits such as the Gilbert and Sullivan Gate

The Gallery Cafe: Serves light lunches and refreshments in the bright and airy Gallery 1. Booking is not required.

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Lots to see and totally free!!

My husband and I popped into the museum for a quick hour today on a one day trip into Stirling. We found the world's oldest football and the executioner's axe particularly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I popped into the museum for a quick hour today on a one day trip into Stirling. We found the world's oldest football and the executioner's axe particularly interesting to look at and learn about. There are also some old torture devices from the 1600's. Pretty grim! The only think we noticed was because there are lots... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very simple but worthwhile visit to view the local history with exhibits ranging from prehistoric up to the 70's. Well put together and should stir a few memories.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent an enjoyable couple of hours here, some lovely artwork showcasing some local talent. Exhibits illustrating the history of Stirling were well displayed with good comprehensive explanations, special children's section looked great fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a real gem of a little gallery and was well worth a visit. Our grandkids loved it, especially the chance to dress up in period things and see themselves. Some nice interactive things.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Affectionately known as The Smith. Lovely old Victoria Building a very short walk from the City Centre. Changing Exhibitions, nice coffee shop. Many local clubs meet here too. Well worth a visit. Small selection of books on Stirling and postcards available.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This is a nice wee museum and gallery. There's a pleasant cafe too with cakes etc. Stirling deserves a bigger cultural centre really but this will do. I expect the University has a gallery too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

The Smith Museum tells the story of Stirling through some great Scottish artefacts. The main gallery also uncovers the past characters that have contributed to the history of the town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

First class tour ( try to get one of the volunteer tour Guides their knowledge will make your day) we had Mrs Kathy Costello who even gave us a song. The museum is under the direction of Elsbeth King who is highly regarded Internationally for her work and writing. The history of the area is fascinating and I defy anyone... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

A wonderful museum full of interesting artefacts and stories to put them in context. From 5000 year old pots found in the village where I live, to remnants of the Battle of Bannockburn, through to items of more recent historic importance to the towns history, the museum section is great. The items themselves are interesting but then you read the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

this is one of the best small museum/gallery in Scotland and its free to all there is a nice cafe within the museum

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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving us a positive review. It's great to have support from our local community. More 

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