Viewing the Museum from the busy thoroughfare of Argyle Street, the visitor is impressed by the ornate façade, and it comes as a surprise to learn that what you are looking at is actually the back aspect of the building. The even more elaborate front side faces directly onto Kelvingrove Park. There is a persisting apocryphal story that the architect of the building intended it to face onto the road, and when he realised that it had mistakenly been constructed back to front, he leapt to his death in despair from the highest of the towers. That story is still told with relish although it is well known to be untrue. The front of the building was always intended to face the park rather than the road.
The building houses a museum whose main features are the collection of arms and armour, and natural history exhibits, as well as an extremely impressive
The refurbished gallery with its fresh, clean new look has been very popular with visitors, and indeed it has been described as the most popular free visitor attraction in Scotland, eclipsing even Edinburgh Castle, at least for the time being.
One of the best known pictures in the gallery is the Salvador Dali painting known as ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’. This painting which has inspired love and reverence as well as loathing for its perceived vulgarity, is a brightly coloured work showing Christ crucified, hovering in the heavens and looking down onto the earth. The perspective is looking down from high up, onto the Sea of Galilee. This work is exhibited in a prominent position as befits its fame, or as some would say its notoriety.
If Dali is not your taste, you should not be deterred. The gallery has a magnificent collection, one of the finest in the UK, beautifully presented in a lovely location, and entry is completely free of charge.
Source by Rubel Zaman