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The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is another favorite museum (that's also free!). Built at the turn of the 20th century to resemble a Renaissance-style castle/cathedral, the museum was closed for about three years in the early 21st century for major renovations. Now, the Kelvingrove is one of the most visited galleries and museums in Scotland. Amongst its collection of European masters, such as Botticelli and Monet, you'll discover exhibits on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish storytelling and Scottish armory, among others. Other highlights include Salvador Dali's "Christ of St. John of the Cross" and a restored Spitfire plane that hangs from its ceiling. In all, the museum boasts 22 galleries and more than 8,000 objects.

Museum-goers express pleasure over the immensity and variety of the Kelvingrove's exhibitions. The museum houses an organ from 1901, and recitals are held multiple times a week, which past visitors recommend attending.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Fridays and Sundays, when it opens at 11 a.m. The museum has an on-site cafe. A nearby city-run lot provides parking for a fee. Kelvinbridge Station is the closest subway station. Many of Glasgow's top tours make stops at the museum. For more information, visit the Glasgow Life website.

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#1 The Burrell Collection

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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