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Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum

40 Albert Place | Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ, Scotland
+44 1786 471917
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An excellent museum.

Well worth seeking out this very good museum.Such a lot to see.Staff were helpful and we met Oliver... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
patsyt187048
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Derby, United Kingdom
Lots to see and a lovely cafe

The Smith packs a lot into a relatively small building, from the world's oldest football to some... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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Hours Today: 10:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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40 Albert Place | Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ, Scotland
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+44 1786 471917

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Well worth seeking out this very good museum.Such a lot to see.Staff were helpful and we met Oliver the cat.Very interesting exhibits.

Thank patsyt187048
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Smith packs a lot into a relatively small building, from the world's oldest football to some striking pictures. It tells the story of Stirling, which in some ways is the story of Scotland, in a really interesting way. And it's free!

Thank rossbStirling
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This gallery has a lot of local interest, (and a local cat) it has a lot of local artist exhibitions and has a good community focus. Restaurant not great, but gallery worth a visit.

Thank angela s
Reviewed 4 August 2017

The cat is called Oswald and is memorized by a number of paintings. Oswald still lives there and doesn;t mind to be petted. The museum has some paintings and graphical art on exhibition but the main attraction are the many exhibits of local artefacts, going...More

Thank Oliver J
Reviewed 7 July 2017

This is a compact museum, whose main exhibits are the pre-history, the world's oldest football and Oswald the cat. In 1970s, a leather ball was discovered behind oak-panelling in a bedroom at Stirling Castle, once used by Mary, Queen of Scots. It was lost for...More

Thank Neil L
Reviewed 3 July 2017

The parking and access was bad but once inside it was okay the galleries were interesting and the cafe was doing a roaring trade Very helpful staff here

Thank dragfoot
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Don't miss this if you are in Stirling, free to go in, lots to see including the oldest football - allegedly. Staff are friendly and helpful but the star is Oswald the cat.

Thank Saraki
Reviewed 28 April 2017

this museum is free to all comers.It has a great history of Stirling exhibition showing what happened through the ages as well as the pottery

Thank Stuart H
Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. We hope you will visit us again soon and see the new exhibitions starting in June.

Reviewed 10 April 2017

My husband and I popped in here on a recent visit to Stirling. We were amazed by the variety of items to look at and find out about. There was also a volunteer talking to some primary school children who were enthralled by his talk....More

Thank Christine A
Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and found the museum interesting. We hope you will visit us again soon.

Reviewed 4 April 2017

Most enjoyable time was had by all present at the unveiling of the the new sculptured head of King Robert the Bruce. Interesting and enjoyable talk was delivered by Lord Bruce. Filmed talk by Canadian sculptor was interesting too.

Thank falkirklady2015
Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thank you for reviewing us, It is good to have feedback from special events in addition to our usual service.

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Stherro
14 May 2016|
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Response from trvlhppyscot | Property representative |
Hi visiting museum is admission free. We do charge for special events/lectures etc which can be found on our website
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gammie2005
11 March 2016|
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Hi, We have a few things for the children. Our Learning officer has recently created some new quizzes for the children. There are 3 quizzes to suit different age groups up to the age of 11. When they complete them they... More
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Allan W
8 February 2016|
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We are open Tues - Sat 10:30 - 17:00, Sundays 14:00-17:00, CLOSED MONDAY
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