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Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow : GoMA

Historic Glasgow Building – Royal Exchange, Queen St

post updated 12 August 2023

Address: 111 Queen St in the Royal Exchange Building – from 1829

Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH

Phone: 0141 287 3050

6 Nov 2013

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

Facelift for Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

The Gallery of Modern Art, in Royal Exchange Square, is suffering from damaged stone work and is in need of repairs to the clock tower and ornamental weather vane.

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

Glasgow Life has applied to Glasgow City Council for permission to carry out the work, which they say will cost around £247,000.

The planning application, which has now been lodged with the local authority, states that the work will be carried out on the museum’s iconic tower which like many across the world (eg Dugald Stewart Monument on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill) on the The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates near the Acropolis of Athens, also known as the Tower of the Winds. Certainly the tower has seen better days, this is well overdue.

photos © Adrian Welch

The repairs are detailed as “stone cleaning and restoration, conservation to weather vane and clock faces, de-scaling masonry surface and indenting repairs to badly eroded masonry”. The tower’s paint finish will also be removed and sandstone exposed.

photo © Adrian Welch

Location: GoMA is just southwest of George Square, one block east from Buchanan Street, on the western edge of the Merchant City.

Contact the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow 0141 229 1996

Formerly a mansion house the original building has been added to with the portico, tower, pilasters and roof extension, becoming an exchange and then various other uses such as library with telephone exchange on the top two floors, now of course it is Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art.

Aerial image of GoMA by webbaviation, Oct 2009:

Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow

Opening Times: please check with the Gallery of Modern Art, current at time of posting: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm; Sun 11am – 5pm

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art GoMA
GoMA: photos © Adrian Welch

Nearest Metro: near St Enoch

View southeast from Goma, into Merchant City:
Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow
photograph © Adrian Welch

The Royal Exchange building is housed in what was a mansion house built by Tobacco Lord William Cunninghame.

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St Andrews in the Square
image © Adrian Welch
Royal Exchange Square – GoMA

GoMA opened in 1996, costing £6m, with a cafe on the roof. Glasgow City Council gifted £3m of the cost.

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