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. Its cafe and garden are popular meeting places and more than twenty community groups meet regularly in its lecture theatre.

It is the repository for the historical artefacts and paintings of Stirlingshire, and the Smith has a collection of considerable historic and artistic significance.

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

Gallery 2 has recently been fully refurbished and now shows a display of paintings from the collection, telling the story of the founder, Thomas Stuart Smith: "The Man who Could Paint Anything".

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 Caroline Mathers.

Opening times:    

Tuesday to Saturday   10 - 5pm 

Sunday                        12 - 5pm 

CLOSED MONDAY                                             

Cafe closes at 4pm daily

Admission Free 

Telephone: 01786-471917

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

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