Museums and Galleries We Can’t Wait to Visit
With it looking likely that many visitor attractions in Scotland will be opening their doors again next week as restrictions ease, we thought we would share with you some our team’s favourite Scottish galleries and museums. We are all looking forward to when we can wander around these wonderful spaces again.
As Fleur Adcock writes about in her poem ‘Leaving the Tate’, there’s something special that happens after you leave a gallery: your eyes become opened and you start to see the world as if it’s also a work of art. ‘[It’s] curious,’ she writes, ‘how / these outdoor pictures didn’t exist / before you’d looked at the indoor pictures, / the ones on the walls. But here they are now, / marching out of their panorama / and queuing up for the viewfinder / your eye’s become.’ Such a beautiful way of putting it, and how wonderful to be able to experience that feeling again soon. We can’t wait.
Note: as dates may vary, make sure to check venue websites for full information about reopening and safety measures to avoid disappointment before planning a visit.
The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is a favourite among many in Little’s with Heather from our executive team, Neil, one of our chauffeurs, and Melissa in Sales and Marketing all eagerly anticipating a visit in the coming months. The Museum is home to a diverse range of collections, showcasing wonders of the natural world, art, design, fashion, world cultures, and Scottish history. Probably the standout feature of the Museum though is the building itself, particularly the Grand Gallery which is a beautiful, light-filled Victorian atrium. With its high windows, tall pillars, and sweeping staircases, it is often considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful indoor spaces and for that reason alone is well worth a visit.
One of Kenneth’s favourite art collections in Scotland can be found in the stunning Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire. The castle features paintings from artists including Thomas Gainsborough, George Romney, and Jean-Baptiste Greuze, and is home to one of the largest collections of Henry Raeburn’s art in the world. Raeburn is perhaps best known for his painting of Rev. Robert Walker captured on Duddingston Loch and more commonly known today as ‘The Skating Minister‘. While the castle might not open until slightly later in the spring, the grounds and garden are currently open to visitors and make for a wonderful spring wander.
Beloved to almost every member of our team is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, an iconic and nostalgic Glasgow space that many of the team have visited our whole lives. Featuring 22 themed galleries, with stunning collections including artwork of the Scottish Colourists, the Dutch Renaissance, the French Impressionists, and so many more. Some stand-out pieces worth visiting are Salvador Dalí’s ‘Christ of Saint John of the Cross’ and, Melissa’s personal favourite, John Lavery’s painting of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova which seems to dance off the canvas when you’re standing in front of it. Kenneth particularly enjoys the upstairs galleries when they are quiet, and recommends timing a visit there while the organ recital is happening as it adds to the relaxing atmosphere.
Sarah Jane and Kenneth are both fans of the peaceful, stained-glass-lit St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. This award-winning museum is not far from Glasgow’s City Centre and is just a short walk from both Glasgow Cathedral and Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house, which are also worth checking out. The collections at St Mungo’s – full of fascinating artefacts and artworks – highlight the importance of religion in people’s lives around the world and throughout history, and a key aim of the Museum is to promote understanding and respect between people of all faiths and none. The Museum also features a peaceful Zen garden, designed in the Japanese Zen Buddhist tradition and is a peaceful escape in the midst of the city.
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