Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery

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Key Info

University of, 82 Hillhead St.

Price & Hours

Free

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Museums, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

The Hunterian, which was founded in 1807, ranks as Scotland's oldest museum. It operates multiple venues on the main campus of the University of Glasgow, including the Hunterian Art Gallery and the Mackintosh House. The latter is a recreation of the former home of architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the artist Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, who resided in the original house in the early 20th century. The home is furnished much as it was then using furniture of Charles Mackintosh's own design. Meanwhile, the Hunterian Museum houses exhibitions relating to archaeology, paleontology, entomology, ethnography, geology, medicine, numismatics and zoology. The Hunterian Art Gallery boasts works by prominent artists like Rembrandt, Rubens and James McNeill Whistler, as well as some modern British artists and works by Charles Mackintosh. 

Past visitors typically found the Hunterian's diverse collections highly interesting, though some said the museum is somewhat difficult to find on the university's campus. The Mackintosh House in particular impresses visitors who have an interest in design.

Admission to both the museum and the art gallery is free, though there may be charges for some special exhibitions at the gallery. Entrance to the Mackintosh House costs 6 pounds (around $8) for adults and 3 pounds (about $4) for children. The three venues are closed on Mondays and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit the University of Glasgow website.

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#1 The Burrell Collection

Travelers express astonishment at this museum's near pitch-perfection. The Burrell Collection's glass walls not only encase a variety of objects and artworks, but they also usher in the surrounding woodlands. In the collection, donated by the late millionaire Sir William Burrell, you'll find everything from Chinese ceramics to Rodin sculptures to more than 20 Degas paintings. After you've had your fill of the museum, you can wander around the surrounding Pollok Country Park.

Under normal circumstances, the Burrell Collection can be viewed for free. Travelers highly recommend you take advantage of this steal, saying the museum's variety of art and its milieu are beyond compare. However, in 2018, the museum temporarily closed for a major overhaul and is expected to reopen in the spring of 2021. During the renovation, tourists can visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is hosting a series of free exhibits that highlight different items in the Burrell's collection.

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