The Friends of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
The Friends of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

The Stirling Smith first opened its doors as the Smith Institute in 1874, thanks to a legacy from Thomas Stuart Smith, an artist who had inherited the Glassingall Estate, Dunblane.  He bequeathed his own art collection and general collection "for the benefit of the artisan and working classes" and the Smith was built on land provided by the town council.

Today the Smith functions as a gallery, museum and cultural centre for the Stirling area.  Over twenty community groups meet regularly in its lecture theatre, and the cafe and garden are popular meeting places.

It is the repository for the historical artefacts and paintings of Stirlingshire, and the Smith has a collection of considerable historic and artistic significance, at the same time offering exhibition opportunities for contemporary artists.

In addition to an exhibition of Stirling's history, called The Stirling Story, the three gallery spaces show temporary exhibitions ranging from memories of the 1984 miner's strike to the only Scottish showing of Leonardo's drawings from the Royal Collection.

The Stirling Smith is a private trust, managed by a voluntary Board of Trustees and funded by Stirling Council and other grant making bodies.  The Director is Dr Elspeth King.

Opening times:    

Tuesday to Saturday   10.30 - 5pm  (cafe closes 4.30)

Sunday                        2 - 5pm  (cafe closes 4.30)

CLOSED MONDAY                                             

Admission Free

Telephone: 01786-471917

Address: The Stirling Smith, Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ

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