St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

#17 in Best Things To Do in Glasgow
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Key Info

2 Castle St.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.4

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  • 5.0Value
  • 2.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Though named for the patron saint credited with bringing Christianity to Scotland in the sixth century, St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art strives to promote greater understanding among people of all faiths – and those with none, too. It sits on the site of a former medieval castle and was designed to evoke that style. In addition to a variety of art and artifacts related to the world's religions, the museum has a cafe that opens on what purports to be the oldest Zen garden in Glasgow. 

While perhaps appealing most to people with an abiding interest in religious history and culture, St. Mungo's is generally regarded as highly informative and entertaining. Past patrons also appreciated the cafe. However, a few noted that the museum could use more space for all its artifacts.

There is no charge to enter the museum, though donations are accepted. Closed on Monday, the museum opens at 10 a.m. most days, except for Fridays and Sundays, when it opens an hour later; it closes at 5 p.m. every day. It is located in the city center close to both Glasgow Cathedral and Provand's Lordship, the oldest house in the city. High Street is the closest train station; several buses stop nearby. For more information, visit the Glasgow Life 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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