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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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Great! Well worth a visit.

Very interesting regarding the history of Stirling. Small museum but with no shortage of exhibits... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Evelyn L
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An afternoon with my young brother

The Stirling Smith Gallery and Museum is one of the must visit places in Stirling. It has a small... 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: 14:00 - 17:00
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40 Albert Place | Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting regarding the history of Stirling. Small museum but with no shortage of exhibits. And the local Embroiderers' Guild had their annual exhibition when we were there. Lovely work! Would also strongly recommend the small coffee shop attached to the museum. I had a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Stirling Smith Gallery and Museum is one of the must visit places in Stirling. It has a small but very interesting museum with lots of interesting artefacts dating from Neolithic times to the present. One of the most interesting items is a window from...More

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Great display of local and national history. Also has various local display from local organisations throughout the year. Good tearoom also!

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

The Smith has the feel of an 'old school' museum and gallery with real mix of exhibits. It's fairly central and free and worth a visit if you're in Stirling, perfect on a wet day to keep the kids occupied for an hour or so....More

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Michael M, Manager at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Thank you for your review. We try and keep the museum different from many other new museum developments. I will pass on your comment to the education service.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

I have been visiting the Smith for over fifty years - since I was at school in Stirling. It was always a classy wee Museum, punching above its weight, but it seems to me that it goes on improving over the years. No matter what...More

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Michael M, Manager at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thank you so much for this review. We try hard to make the museum a joyful place and put the collections withing reach of our visitors. Hopefully in the future we can make it even better.

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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

This was a very special day at which I was the guest speaker talking about some of the World Class items in the Neish Pewter Collection. Alex and Patricia Neish have donated their collection to the Smith, which now has one if not the largest...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

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.

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

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!

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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.

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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
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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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