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St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

2 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0RH, Scotland
+44 141 276 1629
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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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Reviewed 20 April 2017

The museum is housed in a modern building which is clever medieval revival. The collection is mostly but not entirely Christian. The stained glass collection is outstanding.

Thank konsilanto
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

If you have time to when visiting Glasgow cathedral stop in at st mango's museum, its free admission, they accept donations. Three floors of religious artifacts representing the different religions in the world. A very good view from the third floor of Glasgow cathedral. Light...More

Thank pascott199
Reviewed 19 April 2017

At the end of the day... all religions preach love and giving unselfishly to you fellow man! We very much enjoyed this museum and the displays were very informative. First of its type we have seen in our travels.

Thank bernadette59
Reviewed 18 April 2017

The museum is interesting and contains much information. All the stages of human life are compared and contrasted which is particularly interesting. The small cafe is brilliant and not expensive, but the star of the show was Stephen who was extremely knowledgable and provided us...More

Thank Lovajolly
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Im by no means a religious person but I found this museum interesting and with some interesting exhibits from David Livingstons hat to an Egyptian mummy . The presentation is good comparing different items on a similar theme from different religions together. The best part...More

Thank bruce h
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This is a small attraction that is worth popping into if you are visiting the cathedral but not making a trip for its own sake. I'm not sure they really know why there are here and it shows in the mix of displays they have...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 13 April 2017

This is a must see museum in Glasgow, with nice displays on a broad range of religious issues and topics and across a very broad set of beliefs - from Buddhism to Islam. It's also nice to see that Glasgow has such a broad set...More

Thank hfulghum
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I think the museum is set up for school trips rather than tourists. Not a lot here but some nice things. There is a nice view of the Cathedral and the toilets are free. There's no toilets in the Cathedral. Lovely building and worthy of...More

Thank Somone B
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

This is well worth the price of free. If you are not into world religions', if pass. I am so it was really a nice exhibit.

Thank Ralph H
Reviewed 7 April 2017

I went in to this museum thinking that it was about St Mungo, the founder of Glasgow. Instead it's a museum celebrating faiths from all over the world. In a time when ignorance of religion seems to be on the increase, St Mungo's Museum gives...More

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stmungomuseum, Front Office Manager at St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2017

Thank you very much for visiting the musuem and for your kind review. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and that you found it educational. And that you enjoyed the great view we offer of the Cathedral and Necropolis! We try...More

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