So, one of the best parts of my trip to Scotland was visiting all the museums and galleries with my Mom. It was something we were both really interested in and something both my Dad and the Hubby would not have been super interested in, so I’m glad we got to do it together. I do think the kids would have loved parts of it though, especially the National Museum in Edinburgh. The T-Rex alone would have totally blown them away! But the galleries, I’m sure, would have bored them to tears. And it’s hard to stay quiet in the galleries. Great paintings would have held their attention for only so long.
Anyway, in Scotland, all the museums and major galleries are free, yes free. Okay, by donation, but still super reasonable! And well worth the donation. We visited the Scottish National Gallery, the Portrait Gallery and the National Museum in Edinburgh, along with the Edinburgh Castle, which technically isn’t a museum, but was awesome anyway, and worth the visit. In Glasgow, we visited the Gallery of Modern Art, the Kelvingrove Art Museum and Stirling Castle. And all these places are so full of amazing art and history. I have so many pictures to share with you, so I think I’ll do a post about the museums and castles and then one about the art galleries. They were so different, so it’s probably a good idea to separate them. Anyway, consider yourselves warned; this post is heavy on the pictures!
Here’s the National Museum. We were there on a Sunday, and it was so nice to see all the families there, although it made me miss my own. A very kid-centric place with lots of stuff to see and do.
Then, we went to Edinburgh Castle. It was so amazing. My favourite part was Margaret’s Chapel, which is the oldest building in Scotland, built in 1093. Mom and I just sat there for a bit trying to absorb the enormity of that date.
We also went to Stirling Castle when we were in Glasgow. You may remember this castle from the Braveheart movie as the location of the first battle William Wallace won against the British. There is also a monument dedicated to William Wallace, but unfortunately it wasn’t part of our tour. I did get some pics of it from a distance though.
And one more castle for you Monty Python fans out there. This is where they filmed part of the movie The Holy Grail.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was one of my favourite museums which also had a lot of art, including the Salvador Dali. I took lots of pics of the art for my follow up art post, but here are the pics I took from the museum areas. This included an exhibit on armour, the Vikings, clothes from the 19th Century, and Ancient Egypt.
So there, I warned you! Lots of pictures! If you are still interested, stayed tuned for the art blog after this one.