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Royal Exchange Square

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Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art – known as GoMA – in Royal Exchange Square displays local and international works by artists like Andy Warhol, John Bellany and David Hockney, among others. In addition to its four galleries, the building (which dates back to 1778) also houses a library and educational facilities, as well as a permanent exhibit that details the history of the building.

As its name would indicate, the Gallery of Modern art appeals especially to those with an interest in modern art. Nevertheless, past patrons appreciated both the exhibits and the historic building housing them. Visitors frequently remark on the statue of the Duke of Wellington that stands outside the building that always has an orange traffic cone on its head (which is not part of the gallery's official collection). However, some art lovers find the GoMA somewhat small.

The GoMA is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., expect on Friday and Sunday when it opens at 11 a.m. The museum also offers extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m. Entrance is free (though donations are welcome). The building is wheelchair accessible and has a cafe and shop. The nearest subway stop is Buchanan Street. For more information, visit the Glasgow Life website.

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Travelers express astonishment at this museum's near pitch-perfection. The Burrell Collection's glass walls not only encase a variety of objects and artworks, but they also usher in the surrounding woodlands. In the collection, donated by the late millionaire Sir William Burrell, you'll find everything from Chinese ceramics to Rodin sculptures to more than 20 Degas paintings. After you've had your fill of the museum, you can wander around the surrounding Pollok Country Park.

Under normal circumstances, the Burrell Collection can be viewed for free. Travelers highly recommend you take advantage of this steal, saying the museum's variety of art and its milieu are beyond compare. However, in 2018, the museum temporarily closed for a major overhaul and is expected to reopen in the spring of 2021. During the renovation, tourists can visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is hosting a series of free exhibits that highlight different items in the Burrell's collection.

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