Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Hunterian Art Gallery boasts one of the most distinguished public art collections in Scotland with works ranging from Rubens and Rembrandt to the Scottish Colourists and Glasgow Boys. It also features an outdoor sculpture courtyard with a small display of modern works by British artists, one of the world’s best collections of the work of James McNeill Whistler, the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Mackintosh House.
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  • WittyNeal
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great art in a University setting it took .e back to my student days.
    We arrived and wanted a coffee, so we're pointed back down to the university style cafe in the grounds and it was pleasant enough as the sweet treats and drinks weren't too expensive, in a student vibe cafe quick basic service. Back to the gallery refreshed we looked around the gallery space and enjoyed it, although you have to use the printed booklets if you can one to decipher the artworks which was quite fiddly. Other than that it was a worthwhile visit with quite a few paintings to look at and the museum of sciences was there too. All in all it was in a fantastic setting if you want to connect the dots.and visit the other parts of the museum all together it takes up the best part of a day. We took a taxi there but then walked back into the town centre so you can do it if you don't mind a long walk as the architecture alone is worth looking at. Definitely worth putting it on your list of enlightened things to do in Glasgow.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Mary M
    Exeter, United Kingdom64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely gallery space
    As well as the Mackintosh House, this lovely gallery houses some of my favourite portraits and Whistler paintings. Bus stops right outside. No cafe though, so if you are in need of sustenance, pop across the road to the University Postgraduate Centre which has a sweet little cafe open to all.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 19, 2023
  • 516rachela
    Glasgow, United Kingdom147 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a wander round
    I really enjoyed visiting this gallery. I have mixed views on the "experimental" approach to displaying the art. I didn't enjoy the first room so much, the booklets provided didn't seem to match what I could see and while I could see the logic behind not displaying the information, I personally found this a barrier to the experience. I thought the "pairing" room, where art was displayed with a partner, was really interesting and I feel I learned a lot from the information on display. Efforts made to challenge our assumptions about what makes "good" art, which was really refreshing. My suggestion would be that the information was quite small so a larger text would be helpful. Some rooms had benches but others didn't. A staff member very kindly got me a portable chair- which are great but not the easiest to manoeuvre around as you walk so more benches please! :) I was asked to use the lockers for my bag, which I was fine with, but had to ask for help with unlocking it and I don't think I'm alone in finding them confusing- better instructions for the lockers are needed. Toilets are available by the lockers, which can be accessed on the lower floor by lift or stairs.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Jay B
    Fairhope, Alabama1,058 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Gift Shop
    Unfortunately, we arrived at the gallery too late to enjoy the extensive collection. But we were able to peruse the gift shop, and wow, were we impressed. They have numerous unique items and we purchased a beautiful Mackintosh stained glass piece, which is now proudly displayed in our home.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • mw_bourne
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile, but....
    A return visit. Would still recommend the gallery and especially Mackintosh House. However, sadly fewer Whistlers are now displayed than previously and painting labels (which are not sadly included in first two rooms) have a very small type face making them hard to read, especially given lighting.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 14, 2023
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Alpaca19
Home Counties286 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Interesting art collection with a few standout pieces. But the display is absolutely maddening: the labels next to each piece are printed in a small font in a pale colour, on a background colour that mirrors the wall colour, so that they are nearly impossible to read. On our visit, each room had about a half dozen visitors, and all of us had our faces about an inch away from the labels, peering and squinting and trying to read them. This is just ridiculous - Hunterian, please improve the labelling.
Written August 15, 2023
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516rachela
Glasgow, UK147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I really enjoyed visiting this gallery. I have mixed views on the "experimental" approach to displaying the art. I didn't enjoy the first room so much, the booklets provided didn't seem to match what I could see and while I could see the logic behind not displaying the information, I personally found this a barrier to the experience. I thought the "pairing" room, where art was displayed with a partner, was really interesting and I feel I learned a lot from the information on display. Efforts made to challenge our assumptions about what makes "good" art, which was really refreshing.
My suggestion would be that the information was quite small so a larger text would be helpful. Some rooms had benches but others didn't. A staff member very kindly got me a portable chair- which are great but not the easiest to manoeuvre around as you walk so more benches please! :) I was asked to use the lockers for my bag, which I was fine with, but had to ask for help with unlocking it and I don't think I'm alone in finding them confusing- better instructions for the lockers are needed. Toilets are available by the lockers, which can be accessed on the lower floor by lift or stairs.
Written July 15, 2023
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keefyisback
London, UK199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
the gallery would have been excellent withoutout the original house inside the purpose built outer shell but there is so much to see. there are more Whsitelers than i have ever seen in one pace and neatly displayed and set with other paintings to highlight points being made. Colourists and some masters plus exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Written February 7, 2023
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Mary M
Exeter, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
As well as the Mackintosh House, this lovely gallery houses some of my favourite portraits and Whistler paintings. Bus stops right outside. No cafe though, so if you are in need of sustenance, pop across the road to the University Postgraduate Centre which has a sweet little cafe open to all.
Written May 19, 2023
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Jay B
Fairhope, AL1,058 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Unfortunately, we arrived at the gallery too late to enjoy the extensive collection. But we were able to peruse the gift shop, and wow, were we impressed. They have numerous unique items and we purchased a beautiful Mackintosh stained glass piece, which is now proudly displayed in our home.
Written August 7, 2023
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mw_bourne
Cheltenham, UK29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
A return visit. Would still recommend the gallery and especially Mackintosh House. However, sadly fewer Whistlers are now displayed than previously and painting labels (which are not sadly included in first two rooms) have a very small type face making them hard to read, especially given lighting.
Written August 14, 2023
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oayes
The Hague, The Netherlands140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
I was basically clueless about Charles Rennie Mackintosh before this trip but learned a great deal from the gallery and house tour. A particular worker, Nigel, was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable that we gained much more appreciation from the back stories. What gorgeous modernist/art nouveau aesthetics! The Hunterian Gallery was also a nice collection.
Written July 21, 2022
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Bernadette G
Yucaipa, CA89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I knew I wanted to see the Antonine wall exhibit, but we really had a good time viewing the other collections; the medical equipment, the fossils...what a great eclectic bunch of exhibits. We also had a lovely time with the museum docent, she really helped enhance our visit.
Written December 23, 2022
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Susan R
19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a mixed review - maximum stars for the lovely staff and the Mackintosh section, which is a must-see and beautifully done.
Low stars for the rest.
Like other reviewers, I find it exasperating to have to bend down and peer at labels. But that seems to be the fashion these days.
I was expecting to see more than 2 Whistlers, which was disappointing.
And, in the end, I don't want to be lectured about white male painters and empty frames blah blah. But, again, I guess that's the fashion these days and boring middle class old people have to just sack it up.
Written September 15, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,781 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
First time I've ever visited the museum despite being a student of the university many years ago and a local boy. The museum is not all that large and the collections seems to be quite modest, at least what's on display when I visited. Fair to say that much of the permanent exhibition is a good collection of fine arts with "Artemisia drinking the ashes of her husband Mausolus" by Eramus Quellinus being my favourite.

On the day of the visit there was also an exhibition of German Expressionism, which is more social commentary than fine arts.

The Hunterian Art Gallery is also in the same building as the MacKintosh House which unlike the art gallery is not free.
Written July 9, 2019
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Many thanks for taking the time to post your review.
Written August 8, 2019
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