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St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

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Address: 2 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0RH, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 141 276 1629
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Tue - Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Fascinating museum

A great place to spend an hour or two. The exhibitions are amazing showing such a diverse range of religions, their customs,clothing and beliefs. There is one floor devoted... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 May 2016
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Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

If you ever want to see fairness and humility and experience a feeling of unity with your fellowman regardless of creed or colour. Go this this establishment. It's free but I would pay to feel that sharing of knowledge about my fellowman. That's what religion is about!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

A great place to spend an hour or two. The exhibitions are amazing showing such a diverse range of religions, their customs,clothing and beliefs. There is one floor devoted entirely to angles, the even have a picture of "Charlies Angels. There is a small shop and cafe on site

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

This museum is fantastic it has information on so many religions the view from the top floor window of the cathedral and necropolis is a dream .Cafe has a relatively small menu very tasty a not too expensive.Has a lift to all floor which makes it easier for those who have problems with stairs

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

This is a well put together museum with interesting artifacts from every major religion. There are beautiful works of art to enjoy. This is a great compliment to a visit to the Glasgow Cathedral next door. They have a special exhibit on angels right now that we especially enjoyed.

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Wellington, Somerset
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Visited as I was doing an OU question on one of the items there, but stayed far longer than I expected as there is so much of interest there as it covers many religions in a fair and equal way and is very informative if you have no religion of your own. The vegetable soup in the cafe was very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

This museum covers 2 or 3 floors. The exhibit on various religions was very well done and informative. There are some very beautiful works of art. There is a nice gift shop.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

Very enjoyable visit. Go and learn a little about other religions and see some wonderful artefacts. Very well organised and yet another free museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

Whether not religious, or following one of the many religions, this museum will be of interest. It includes an excellent comparison between many beliefs in the world in current and historical times.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

Finally got round to visiting St Mungos to see a temporary exhibition and it was well worth taking the time. The temporary exhibition was small but perfectly formed and could be enjoyed by all ages. The main collection is artifacts from various religions all over the world, presented under various themes, death, birth etc - with interpretation material which means... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

I'd popped in as i was in the area around the cathedral, ladywell and necropolis and my expectation were low, rather expected something that covered all bases but didnt want to offend anyone, a ticking all boxes exercise in diversity. What you actually get is representations of the main faiths in Glasgow and Scotland through artifacts, art and comparisions of... More 

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