The Monarch of the Glen

When: Sat 20 Jan - Sun 11 Mar
Cost: FREE
Where: Paisley Museum

The Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73) will go on display at Paisley Museum as part of a four-stop tour supported by National Galleries Scotland. 

The painting is one of the most famous images associated with Scotland.  Through its widespread use in commercial advertising and popular culture, the picture has become instantly recognisable yet it remains an extremely powerful work of art and a rich source of debate about issues of history and identity.

This iconic painting, which was acquired after a four month fundraising campaign, will go on display at Paisley, Inverness, Perth and Kirkcudbright.  It forms part of the National Galleries’ on-going commitment to sharing its collection and working in partnership with communities across Scotland.

Organised by the National Galleries of Scotland, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Fund and the Scottish Government.

Sir Edwin Landseer The Monarch of the Glen About 1851 Purchased by the National Galleries of Scotland as a part gift from Diageo Scotland Ltd, with contributions from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Dunard Fund, the Art Fund, the William Jacob Bequest, the Tam O’ Shanter Trust, the Turtleton Trust, and the K. T. Wiedemann Foundation, Inc. and through public appeal 2017.


There will also be a range of family friendly activities based around The Monarch of the Glen to offer opportunities for visitors to engage with the painting and be inspired by it.

All activities are free of charge and take place at Paisley Museum:


Stag Weekends

Every Saturday from 20 Jan to 11 March

Drop-in family crafts, every Saturday 11am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm


Minecraft Workshop

Sunday 4 March

Drop-in Minecraft workshops to create a digital version of the painting. 2pm to 4pm





Sunday 11 March

Watch the finale performance by right2dance, inspired by The Monarch of the Glen painting. Performance from 2.30pm  - 3.30pm.


Ae Fawn Kiss

Friday 26 January

7pm to 9pm

Burns, Tannahill and Monarch of the Glen collide in a celebration of Scottish poetry with 'Read Raw' poetry group.


Rut and Groove

Friday 16 February

7pm to 9pm

An evening of contemporary music and poetry performance, by local young people. All ages welcome.


Deer Maw!

Saturday 10 March


Come to celebrate Mother's Day at Paisley Museum. Join in the fun and help us send off The Monarch of the Glen with a bang in our final Stag Weekend!



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