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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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2 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0RH, Scotland
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

I wandered into this display after having a nice soup lunch on the premises next to the cathedral. It is worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank tlyon11
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Am not a huge museum person but I found this museum very interesting. Has great artifacts to explain every religion. Quite large area to view with many rooms. Sadly we didn't have enough time do all of it so give yourself enough time to do...More

Thank ukienomad
Reviewed 24 September 2017

We didn't have this museum in our plans, but after a quick visit to the Cathedral, we found ourselves with an extra hour. We saw a sign for the museum across the way and decided we might as well have a look around... and I...More

Thank Kerri R
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Small free museum house in old style building across from the Cathedral, this looks at many of the worlds major religions. It has artifacts depicting all of them, and even some minor religious views of the world and tries to put the issues of faith...More

Thank frequentraveler13
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Cafe was disappointing. Menu was not what it said. Definitely not home baking and bread just your normal pan .patio doors were all locked to the out side with a note saying emergency only. They were not emergency doors. And no toilet paper

Thank John T
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Wide selection of artwork & artefacts looking at all religious ceremonies and lifestyles, not just Christianity. Some of the stained glass is particularly delightful.

Thank bris_tilly
Reviewed 18 September 2017

In the building opposite the cathedral you have this small museum with a collection of religious artifacts. At the moment in had a exhibition about angels, also very nice and informing.

Thank Dimidbru
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Came to the cafe here with friends after doing a tour of the necropolis. We all had a tea and a empire biscuit which was delicious.

Thank lindypop2003
Reviewed 7 September 2017

A few things of interest - best thing was the view of the cathedral and necropolis. Good focus on multi-faith perspectives.

Thank Celestialpilgrim
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Wonderful. Allow plenty of time as there is so much to look at. All religions are represented equally and I learnt so much. It's free and photos are allowed. A must.

Thank Lisa V
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