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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 13 July 2017 via mobile

What a lovely and very interesting place! Perfect for children or school-classes. A lot of very interesting information. First floor was the best, and you could spend very long time here, reading a lot about the different religions. You don't have to pay to visit,...More

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stmungomuseum, Front Office Manager at St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 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 interesting. We have aimed to showcase as broad a range of faiths and creeds as possible within the space available, as...More

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Reviewed 13 July 2017

Not bad, but not great. It attempts to cover a lot of ground, without the space to do it properly. I expected to see a lot more of the story of John Knox and presbyterianism - this is the obvious place to cover this piece...More

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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We visited Glasgow over a weekend, and finished off our trip with a visit here and the Glasgow cathedral. This museum was very interesting and I spent ages looking at and reading the exhibits, my only complaint would be the lighting in some areas was...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

I was surprised that this place was another free entry Museum. It was nicely displayed and gave a good representation of a couple religions. There is a nice view of the cathedral from the third floor.More

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stmungomuseum, Front Office Manager at St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Thank you very much for visiting the museum and for your kind review. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and that you enjoyed the great view we offer of the Cathedral and Necropolis! We hope you will visit us again in...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2017

The idea of a museum on religious life is an amazing one; I wish there were more such museums. However, we found the St Mungo museum to have too much and too little. To few items in the 1st Gallery with too little and unprofessional...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

This museum cover a lot of religion and other stuff. It's pretty interesting and informative! Check it out, it's free and a quick.

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

This is a small museum beside Glasgow Cathedral, and handy on a wet day. Its quite small and doesn't take long to wander through. Café is a very simple café.

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Reviewed 25 June 2017

I was very surprised by the variation in the collections. Some of it was quite fascinating and other aspect were a bit creepy but nonetheless a well worthwhile visit

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Reviewed 15 June 2017

This small museum is very well curated and very balanced in its presentation of religious life in this part of Scotland. It has a current exhibition on Angels which was very informative. I was intrigued to see on the ecumenical document signed by all the...More

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Reviewed 12 June 2017

It's not a huge museum but it has very good displays on religious artefacts from all over the world. You don't have to be religious yourself to find this fascinating. At the time of my visit there was an exhibition on 'angels'; they get absolutely...More

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