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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 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

Thank InEdinburgh
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

Reviewed 29 March 2017

Great for all the family. Really interesting! Lovely cafe with delicious soup, snacks and drinks. If lovely day sit in the courtyard by Scotland's first Zen Garden.More

Thank MDHarding
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 you found the museum interesting and that you enjoyed our cafe. Yes our Zen garden was the first permanent one built in the entire country and it is something we...More

Reviewed 27 March 2017

Close to the cathedral. I think it would be accessible for wheelchair users. Interesting videos and artefacts and paintings drawn from other museums around Glasgow. Very respectful look at aspects of life through the prism of the major religions - birth, death, etc.More

Thank OrpingtonSylvia
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 your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum and that you found our content both interesting and respectful. We aim to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and of none, and offer...More

Reviewed 25 March 2017

Next to the cathedral is this free museum which covers aspects of all religions really well. They also have lots of areas for children to get involved, and the displays are well laid out to be interesting to all levels. Nice cafe on the ground...More

Thank Nicola81677
Reviewed 12 March 2017

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...More

Thank ArghyaKolkata
Reviewed 4 March 2017

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,...More

Thank John_in_Cambridge
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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.

Thank durham05
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