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“Really interesting!”

Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum
Ranked #17 of 63 things to do in Stirling
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Really interesting!”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

Although this is a fairly small place, it is full of interesting things! It has a really good cafe and is just a short walk from the castle.

Visited October 2012
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“the smith”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

always interesting.constantly changing exhibitions. promote local talent. staff friendly. nice coffee shop.

Visited July 2012
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“Nice wee Museum”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

We tend to stop by quite a lot to see whats on in the place famious for the oldest football in the world. They do have a nice eatery here as well

Visited August 2012
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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“worth a visit - even if you live here!”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Free and open 7 days the Smith is an asset to stirling. They display local artists work and have different features throughout the year. Defo worth a look

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Charlene D
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“Not as good as we hoped.”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

It was more of a museum then a gallery. They were under construction due to flooding. The cafe was great!

Visited September 2012
Thank Dana L
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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review, September 18, 2012
I so sorry you didn't enjoy your visit. It's true tto say we have succumbed to the Stirling weather and picked the wrong year to have our roof replaced.

But please do come again when the scaffolding is down and we are fully watertight. We have some excellent Exhibitions coming in November. And lots of plans for the future!
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