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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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Pre-history and World's Oldest 'Football'

This is a compact museum, whose main exhibits are the pre-history, the world's oldest football and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Neil L
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Good for a rainy day

The parking and access was bad but once inside it was okay the galleries were interesting and the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
dragfoot
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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: 10:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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40 Albert Place | Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ, Scotland
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+44 1786 471917

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a compact museum, whose main exhibits are the pre-history, the world's oldest football and Oswald the cat. In 1970s, a leather ball was discovered behind oak-panelling in a bedroom at Stirling Castle, once used by Mary, Queen of Scots. It was lost for...More

Thank Neil L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The parking and access was bad but once inside it was okay the galleries were interesting and the cafe was doing a roaring trade Very helpful staff here

Thank dragfoot
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't miss this if you are in Stirling, free to go in, lots to see including the oldest football - allegedly. Staff are friendly and helpful but the star is Oswald the cat.

Thank Saraki
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 17 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 4 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 17 April 2017

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

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...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 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...More

1  Thank Swedishtomcat
Michelle C, Administrator at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 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 14 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 27 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 27 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

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Stherro
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
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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