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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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Description: 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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Nice museum.

It tells the story of lots of religions and as articles from most relgions to very informative displays. Also liked the Zen garden sat in there for ten minutes reflecting about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Great little museum of religion housed in an iconic building in one of the oldest areas of Glasgow. Lots to see in the vicinity and they can be reached while on the hop on hop off bus. A great way of seeing most of the city in a day/few days if on a short stop over. Nice gift shop and... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This little museum is not to be missed. Like many tourist attractions in Glasgow it is free so please leave a donation. It has a lovely wee cafe and you can sit outside if you wish. Nice items in the gift shop also.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

It tells the story of lots of religions and as articles from most relgions to very informative displays. Also liked the Zen garden sat in there for ten minutes reflecting about things.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Combined with the Necropolis and the cathedral, this makes for a great day out. Its in a part of Glasgow that is less visited and the displays are really interesting, without too much focus on one religion or another - you can really learn a lot. Only gripe for me was that the children's interactive room could do with updating.... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is only a tiny museum but we combined it with the nearby Necropolis and cathedral. It's a collection of religious artefacts drawn from many different faiths and the explanations are sensitive and accurate. The whole exhibition has a lovely calm atmosphere and there is a lovely Zen garden at the back too. Free entry.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The museum is quite small but the exhibits are interesting and informative. I especially like the Zen garden.

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west coast of Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This museum is well worth a visit.It is in the courtyard of the cathedral and laid out over three floors.Accessability for buggies and wheelchairs,lifts to all floors.Good toilet facilities and baby change.The top floor has a panoramic view of cathedral and necropolis.This would be wonderful to visit but the hill is quite steep. really enjoyed the multi faith room and... More 

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Offenbach, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Small museum that you should visit in tandem with St. Mungo. This small religious museum is located just opposite of the imposing, intimidating St. Mungo (Glasgow) Cathedral, and it's worth a visit if you're in the area. There is more to read than actually to see at this unassuming museum, but if you want to know more about the different... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Gives you main ideas about all the religions, some of them you did not know they existed. Enough detail and lots of images and explanations of the artefacts.

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Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Great to see contrasting art and diverse religions . Comparing the cultures of birth , marriage and death . Free admission , donations at the door . Good value cafe with delicious cakes .

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