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St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

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Address: 2 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0RH, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 141 276 1629
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The award-winning St Mungo Museum is a haven of tranquility in a bustling...

The award-winning St Mungo Museum is a haven of tranquility in a bustling city. This museum is named after Glasgow's patron saint, who brought the Christian faith to Scotland in the 6th century.

The building was built in 1989 in Scottish baronial style by Ian Begg. It was designed to reflect the architecture of the Bishops' Castle, the site of which is occupied by the museum. Its galleries are full of displays, artifacts and stunning works of art. They explore the importance of religion in peoples' lives across the world and across time.

The venue aims to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and of none, and offers something for everyone.

You can find out more about some of the world's major religions, and the story of religion in the west of Scotland. Or you can relax in the museum cafe, which opens out into the first Zen garden in Britain.

St Mungo Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions and a variety of events, from family-friendly activities to talks relating to religion in Scotland today.

This museum sits across from Provand's Lordship, which is the oldest house in Glasgow, and alongside the medieval Glasgow Cathedral.

Why not take a trip to visit all three?

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interesting collection of religious traditions

Instead of information about St. Mungo this museum is a collection of insights into a wide range of religious traditions in the world and in Scotland. Exhibits are accessible to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

When in Glasgow, I visited many museums, but this was my favourite. It had exhibits from many religions that explained some of the important beliefs of the religions, along with how their practitioners came to be Glasgow. I'm not at all religious and was slightly wary that a museum named after a Christian saint might be a bit "preachy". Quite... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Instead of information about St. Mungo this museum is a collection of insights into a wide range of religious traditions in the world and in Scotland. Exhibits are accessible to children as well as adults.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

This is not a museum that I would have chosen to visit but having recently studied it as part of my course I thought it would be an interesting place to see. The museum is laid out over 3 floors, the top floor is dedicated to the 6 main religions in Glasgow and also features a picture window which overlooks... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Visited here today with a friend who was visiting the city. we both enjoyed it and loved the angel display on level three. We had a morning coffee then lunch in the cafe which was very nice. Staf very helpful and cheery. Nice bright museum with great views of the Necropolis and cathedral.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Stopped in after visiting the Cathedral. The museum has a rather eclectic collection of art that covers many religions and cultures. Very interesting and thoughtful displays tho...doesn't take long to visit if you just want to pop in for a few minutes

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

An interesting building, but not as old as it appears, being less than 30 years old. It has exhibitions, but was closed when we visited. It is adjacent the Cathedral, Necropolis and Provost's House which are all on the tourist trail and near the Infirmary which is an impressive building in its own right.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Visited Glasgow chapel and looking at the name Mungo museum opposite - went inside to have a look. Surprised with the statue of Ganesh (Elephant God) at the entrance - normally he is considered as first God and is placed in front of Hindu temples. Seen dancing Nataraja or Shiva sculpture as well as description of Krishna and hinduism. Also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

I could quite happily spent an afternoon in here gazing at the impressive displays of religious. artefacts. There is a calming peacefulness about this museum. It is spiritually imbued with joy and love. The people who work here clearly love their jobs. I am not religious, but I found this place a fascinating and enriching little heaven. There is so... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

As with all museums in Glasgow- free to the public ( but please do give a donation!). Main exhibit takes you on a journey of many different cultures and religions- you can't leave without having learned something new! Nice café and shop .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

What a fantastic place, went for couple yrs, ended up spending all day there. Some very interesting videos. Loved the one about angels.....also few religions I have not even heard of. Nice gift and coffee shop .will visit again , very impressed

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