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“A Short Visit”

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.
Perth, United Kingdom
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“A Short Visit”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We paid a short visit to the Museum which is also an Art Gallery. It is a large building which could easily house a second floor but it was very interesting although the odd art exhibition mainly consisting of pictures of animals that you had to go through before reaching the museum almost discouraged a visitor from going any further, fortunately we persevered.

Visited July 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Lovely time spent there at a rainy morning”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Loved that there was a gallery with art as well as a museum of Stirling's history with the oldest soccer ball.

Visited June 2013
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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us and shared it on Tripadvisor. The Smith covers a wide range of Stirling/Scottish history and it is great that you enjoyed the variety.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“a mirror of Stirling/helpful staff”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

It's not a big museum in terms of size, but it does contain the heart and the spirite of Stirling. I'm particularly thankful to the friendly staff who spent long time telling me history and everything about Stirling and Scotland on friday afternoon, 31 May.

Visited May 2013
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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thank you for your kind review, the Smith staff are a small but friendly team, passionate about Stirling and the surrounding area. I'm very glad you found them knowledgable and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Brechin, United Kingdom
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“Not so good”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

I've seen better museums here in Scotland and this one is NOT one of them. I think that the only reason for a visit is for the world's ancient football.

Visited April 2013
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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
I am really sorry you were disappointed by your visit to the Stirling Smith.

It is very clear to see we have been under scaffolding for nearly a year and we are sorry to say this has had a huge effect on the Gallery and Museum internally. Which has been frustrating for us all.

However, we have finally reached the last few weeks of the external renovation and are now looking towards the fundraising for the internal refurbishment which when completed will create a larger museum with 1 or 2 new floors in which to showcase all of our collections.

The Stirling Smith is a free venue and relies on the generosity of its visitors and local residents to stay open. Unlike many other museums it neither charges admission nor is run by a local authority.

We do hope in the future you will choose to visit again and see what we have acheived.
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Norwich
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“A little gem waiting to be discovered!”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

We visited on a very cold Easter Sunday and the Stirling Smith did not disappoint! Although I was expecting to see more paintings from a held collection, the Museum was more extensive than we thought. The collection of old pewter was amazing, and without parallel in our experience. The staff were knowledgeable and very friendly, the cafe did great coffees and of course we made a lot of fuss of Oswald the museum cat! It's a pity we didn't see Ailie's garden at a better time of year as it looked a lot of fun and good for younger people

Visited March 2013
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