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Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum

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Address: 40 Albert Place | Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1786 471917
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Today
10:30 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The admission free Smith Art Gallery and Museum is the idealchoice for...

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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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 items to look at and find out about. There was also a volunteer talking to some... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christine A
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North Walsham, United Kingdom

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North Walsham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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. An excellent use of space, something for everyone.

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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

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. More 

Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

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

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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 interest in pewter would love it, that was not me. Difficult to get out of... More 

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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

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 and you will see a big difference. More 

Diss
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 321 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 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 cinema seats.

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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

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. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 November 2016

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

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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

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

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
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 need on Stirling through the years. It was my favourite attraction in Stirling. The staff... More 

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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

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 you enjoyed you visit. More 

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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.

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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

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

Stirling, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 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.

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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

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

Ashley Green, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

This is a great little museum/gallery and at the grand price tag of free you can't go wrong. There's a great little treasure hunt to occupy children and the exhibits are all well presented with just the right amount of information to digest. The art exhibition that was showing when we visited was a great mix of modern and more... More 

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Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this review

Every museum needs a cat in residence, however, Oswald will always be top museum cat. We really appreciate your descriptive guide to the Smith. We work hard to present as much information as possible without overloading our visitors and it is good to know that we are getting it right. More 

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