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Hunterian Art Gallery & Museum

Overview

The University of Glasgow has 5 different museums and art galleries in its grounds: 

  • The Hunterian Museum: opened in 1807, it’s the oldest free museum of Glasgow. It houses collections related to William Hunter, a renowned Scottish anatomist and scientist who gifted the money to build the museum. A traditionally laid out museum with glass cases containing all manner of artefacts from Fossils to Egyptian mummies.
  • The Hunterian Art Gallery: it is housed within the modern library building, and displays the university’s extensive art collection, including watercolours by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
  • The Mackintosh House: this is a replica of C. R. Mackintosh’s house which stood near to the same spot. It has been entirely furnished and decorated to Mackintosh’s original designs.
  • The Zoology Museum: stuffed animals, insects, reptiles…you get the picture.
  • The Anatomy Museum: displays collections from William Hunter about how the human body works and how the organs interact with each other. Lots of jars of formaldehyde with body parts! Quite gruesome...

The old University buildings are worth a visit. Even if you don’t visit the museums and galleries you can enjoy the academic atmosphere of the Quadrangles.

Address:

University Avenue / Hillhead Street, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ

Operated by:

Glasgow University

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm Sundays 11am to 4pm. Closed Mondays

Admission:

Museum is free of charge. Admission charges apply to the Mackintosh House and may also apply for some exhibitions at the Art Gallery.

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

English

Accessibility:

Yes

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

Yes

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