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St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

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Address: 2 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0RH, Scotland
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+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.

Free entry and it was nice to see the artefacts from various religions on display next to each other. Wasn't a huge amount to see, but it's free entry and well worth a look if... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This unusual museum has exhibitions that cover all the major religions and includes a Zen garden and a Mexican Day of the Dead skeleton. A short walk away is Glasgow Cathedral, founded by the city's patron saint, St Kentigern (or Mungo), in the sixth century - the present building dates from the 14th century. Adjacent to the cathedral is the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cathedral was closed, but the museum was still open so I gave it a look. It's a small but amazing museum, full of religious artefacts from all over the world as well as displays of how different religions handle certain milestones of life (birth, marriage, death). Of course more space is given to the more widely-practiced religions and it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free entry and it was nice to see the artefacts from various religions on display next to each other. Wasn't a huge amount to see, but it's free entry and well worth a look if you're passing by.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I generally don't enjoy museums, but I loved this one! I'm studying religion for my exams and this museum was so informative and interesting. It had a good range of information about all types of religions and beliefs as well as some unusual artefacts. I'd recommend it and I'll definitely be back!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

I have never seen such a comprehensive exhibition of different religious artefacts and art. Next to the cathedral this exhibition is also free but in contrast to the rather chilly cathedral is warm and welcoming. Easy to understand displays juxtapose different religious items to show how key points of life are marked: birth; marriage etc. In different cultures. There is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

The exhibits have been put together in a wonderfully, inspirational way which unites religions rather than making gulfs of misunderstanding. Certainly a must-see for every school child and just everyone else too!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Whether you are religious or not, this is a lovely place to visit. Lots of exhibits and information about different religions. It's good to see different faiths are working together in the city. Keep up the good work.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

It's an impressively well curated museum, displaying its many treasures from all around the world in an intelligent and most innovative way. I have noticed that its denomination may push away some who are less interested in religious issues, but don't fall for that: its really a great museum, as fun and enriching as the Kelvingrove Museum. They also have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Wonderful displays and art which explain the history of all religions. Really interesting even if you have little interest in this topic. For example there was a display re the importance of Angels in religion and non religious works. It used Robbie Williams lyrics and Charlie's Angels (ask a over 50 year old if you don't know them) and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

There is something for everyone in this museum, with lots of interactive displays to appeal to children and adults alike. Also visit the excellent cafe.

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