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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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pottery exhibition on at present

this museum is free to all comers.It has a great history of Stirling exhibition showing what... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2017
Stuart H
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Manchester, United Kingdom
A treasure trove of allsorts

My husband and I popped in here on a recent visit to Stirling. We were amazed by the variety of... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Christine A
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North Walsham, United Kingdom
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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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40 Albert Place | Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ, Scotland
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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 5 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.

Reviewed 14 March 2017

Dated and overstuffed with exhibits, Nice cafe and cat but the gallery is painted bright red with a pink exhibition of flowers. Liked how the museum was divided into different eras though a desk from the old parliament was sadly misplaced. Anyone who has an...More

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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

Hi Polyana63, Thanks for your review – we appreciate all feedback!! I’m glad you recognised in your last sentence, our major problem here at the Smith as a charity. We hope one day you will return and we will have met all our fundraising goals...More

Reviewed 2 January 2017

Sweet little museum, featuring a walk-through of Stirling’s history. Starting with prehistoric finds and culminating with mid C20th collections, this free museum is certainly worth visiting. We liked seeing the oldest football in the world and the 45 minute film whilst sat on old fashioned...More

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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

I'm glad our debut on Quizeum encouraged you to come and visit our museum. Thank you for taking the time to highlights some of our favourite items such as the football and the cinema. We hope you will come and visit us again soon.

Reviewed 15 November 2016

Such a gem in Stirling and it's free, cosy cafe, great historical museum, beautiful surrounds, art gallery, easy walk, brilliant

Thank Robyn C
Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Thank you for your kind words, we hope you will visit us again soon.

Reviewed 23 October 2016

I can't believe this is free! It's a great musuem with several different areas. I think for tourists to Stirling, this would be a great starting point before visiting some of the other busier tourist attractions. This museum gives you all the history you could...More

Thank Willina C
Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

We really liked your review of our museum - even Oswald the cat who woke up to hear the review. We do our best to give as much information on our City and surrounding area for every visitor and always for free and are glad...More

Reviewed 29 August 2016

The museum is laid out very well and easy to get around especially as there is so much information to take in. The art gallery is small but interesting to see the work by some of the local artists.

Thank Graeme H
Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the museum, we are glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 25 August 2016

Love going to visit various art exhibitions held here throughout the year. Also the cafe here is very good with lovely homemade cakes etc. Nice atmosphere for a quite coffee or lunch.

Thank 84norma
Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Thank you for your review, we have excellent exhibitions planned this year and hope you will keep dropping by to see them.

Reviewed 19 August 2016

... really engaging and interesting museum - lots to see - does help if you have a local interest. A good cafe - reasonably priced. Worth a visit.

Thank Mick M
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Stherro
How much is entry to the museum?
14 May 2016|
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Response from Michelle C | 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
What is there to do for children ?
11 March 2016|
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Response from Michelle C | Property representative |
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
Opening hours
8 February 2016|
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Response from Michelle C | Property representative |
We are open Tues - Sat 10:30 - 17:00, Sundays 14:00-17:00, CLOSED MONDAY
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