St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
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
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • bm230199
    Sheffield, United Kingdom48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful museum with SO much culture
    I was a little unsure if to visit as I feared it would favour one religion over another but it definitely did not. One of the best things about this museum was how inclusive it was! There were so many gorgeous pieces of art for different religions and the sensitivity was perfectly balanced. The staff were so friendly and happy! It really made you happy to be here. Give the cathedral and necropolis a miss and check out St. Mungo's!
    To bm230199, thank you for taking the time to leave us a wonderful 5-star review. We're glad to hear you found the museum inclusive. We attempt our best to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and those of none as best we can, and while we realise we sadly cannot have every faith on display, we are glad you found we have tried to find a balanced approach as best we can. We hope you can visit us again in the future!
    Written October 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 18, 2023
  • StevenKolsteren
    Groningen, The Netherlands189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but food for thought
    Don't skip this fantastic small museum when you visit the cathedral and necropolis! It offers information and objects about several religions, not just informative but also well displayed beautiful objects, for example stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones. Unfortunately the section on angels was closed, which seemed quite unnecessary because there was no maintenance visible. The Zen garden outside is a little bit disappointing and the café was closed; still. entry is free and the museum offers food for thought.
    To StevenKolsteren, thank you for taking the time to visit the museum and leaving us a wonderful 5-star review. We hope you can visit us again in the future
    Written October 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Anonymous
    159 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating museum
    Fantastic museum with lots of impressive artefacts from the world's major religions, as well as Ancient Greece and Egypt. I appreciated the quotes and anecdotes interspersed throughout the exhibits, which offer personal insights into individual experiences of religion. Overall, an excellent museum which I would recommend to anyone regardless of their own religious beliefs.
    Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience at the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art. We're delighted to hear that you found our collection of artifacts from various religions, as well as from Ancient Greece and Egypt, impressive. It's wonderful to know that you appreciated the quotes and anecdotes woven into our exhibits. Your recommendation means a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!
    Written April 26, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 3, 2024
  • David
    2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed my visit, but not enough good galleries.
    The building has a plaque which shows it was built fairly recently, so the style is neo-baronial. This is worth checking out itself if you're into this kind of thing. The ground floor is the cafe, which was closed, even after Easter. Walking up stairs to the first floor, there was a nice Ganesh statue to welcome you in, and a list of sponsors. This first room is exceptionally well lit, and has used modern techniques. Then it was time to slow down and see a North American tribal blanket. The explanations are in English for adults, not for five and six year olds which was a good sign. There was some stained glass which obviously had a lot of work originally and appreciated seeing it saved, not that old, about a century, and was displayed with daylight coming through. There was a little room off the main gallery with another Hindu statue taking prime position, and learnt something about the three characters low down. Again the lighting here was top notch. A third gallery has religion explanations for the main world ones, but unfortunately the cases were quite low grade, and couldn't read everything because the lighting was poor, with the brightest thing in the case the light bulb shining on the top grid. One I did read was on Sikhism, and everything made sense, like it had been checked and approved. There were internal gallery stairs to the second floor. You can look down onto the first floor gallery and appreciate the space, and from there it was all a huge disappointment. The second floor gallery was closed, and someone had put a bucket on the floor. It was to be about angels, but looked like a primary school level of exploration. The third floor gallery has very similar content to the first floor display cases, but with more space for groups. The lighting was worse than my kitchen with visible bright spotlights. Would I go again? Yes, if the cafe was open and was in the general area; across the road is the Strathclyde University campus.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 6, 2024
  • Swedishtomcat
    Diss, United Kingdom4,373 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Religious basics
    This museum is about the basics of religions throughout the world. The information boards and display cabinets provide a simple synopsis and you see the similarities and differences between various faiths. In an enlightening way, it took me back to my RS lessons in junior school.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're happy to hear that your visit to the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art brought back memories. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you back soon for more enlightening discoveries!
    Written April 26, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 16, 2024
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bm230199
Sheffield, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I was a little unsure if to visit as I feared it would favour one religion over another but it definitely did not. One of the best things about this museum was how inclusive it was! There were so many gorgeous pieces of art for different religions and the sensitivity was perfectly balanced. The staff were so friendly and happy! It really made you happy to be here. Give the cathedral and necropolis a miss and check out St. Mungo's!
Written August 18, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
To bm230199, thank you for taking the time to leave us a wonderful 5-star review. We're glad to hear you found the museum inclusive. We attempt our best to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and those of none as best we can, and while we realise we sadly cannot have every faith on display, we are glad you found we have tried to find a balanced approach as best we can. We hope you can visit us again in the future!
Written October 11, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

StevenKolsteren
Groningen, The Netherlands189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Don't skip this fantastic small museum when you visit the cathedral and necropolis! It offers information and objects about several religions, not just informative but also well displayed beautiful objects, for example stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones. Unfortunately the section on angels was closed, which seemed quite unnecessary because there was no maintenance visible. The Zen garden outside is a little bit disappointing and the café was closed; still. entry is free and the museum offers food for thought.
Written September 18, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
To StevenKolsteren, thank you for taking the time to visit the museum and leaving us a wonderful 5-star review. We hope you can visit us again in the future
Written October 11, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK4,373 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This museum is about the basics of religions throughout the world. The information boards and display cabinets provide a simple synopsis and you see the similarities and differences between various faiths. In an enlightening way, it took me back to my RS lessons in junior school.
Written April 17, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're happy to hear that your visit to the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art brought back memories. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you back soon for more enlightening discoveries!
Written April 26, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Anonymous
159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Fantastic museum with lots of impressive artefacts from the world's major religions, as well as Ancient Greece and Egypt. I appreciated the quotes and anecdotes interspersed throughout the exhibits, which offer personal insights into individual experiences of religion. Overall, an excellent museum which I would recommend to anyone regardless of their own religious beliefs.
Written April 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience at the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art. We're delighted to hear that you found our collection of artifacts from various religions, as well as from Ancient Greece and Egypt, impressive. It's wonderful to know that you appreciated the quotes and anecdotes woven into our exhibits. Your recommendation means a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Written April 26, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

northants90
Northampton, UK3,181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
T hi anus a great thing to do in Glasgow. Located near the University and the Royal Infirmary. It is steeped i. History and blends great learning with beautiful build. St Mu hi cathedral is also worthy of visiting
Written July 4, 2021
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Malgorzata
12,086 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Fascinating museum of all faiths and religions around the world, including those from antiquity. The museum is bright and very engaging. There is alot to see and learn about. Great for adults and children equally.The museum is free, very close to the cathedral. There is a lovely cafe here too . Highly recommended for people of any faith or indeed none.
Written October 18, 2020
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memee08
Perth, Australia467 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
To be fair, we only popped in here because we were cold after visiting the cathedral and the Necropolis. It was lovely and warm inside but also had lots to see.
We enjoyed getting more information on the cathedral and Necropolis from the viewing window up on the top floor. There’s also some interesting information regarding the range of religions in Scotland. We didn’t have enough time to fully view the lower floors. They even have the first Zen garden in Britain, but don’t expect to see anything like you would in Japan.
Written April 12, 2023
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Caroline B
Lancaster District, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Very friendly, welcoming staff. Loved the fact that the information on the religions of the world are all mixed together. Not necessary to have a faith to enjoy this museum. Beautifully put together to inform people. 3 floors. Give yourself an hour to enjoy this museum......and don't forget to leave a fiver if you can afford it.
Written October 18, 2022
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C Currie
80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
What a treasure, well worth the walk up High Street. An Oasis of peace, knowledge and beauty. Awesome is overused but not in this instance, you will be amazed, inspired, moved by the glorious exhibits and the air of peace and calm as you move through the gallery.
Written May 19, 2023
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BarbaraMacQ
Glasgow, UK27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Not sure what I expected from a Museum of Religious Life and Art but found it a bit stuffy - some sections with artefacts and descriptions, some religious information and some things that just seemed not to fit in or out just of place. I would have liked a bit more on St Mungo and the history of Glasgow, also a bit more on different religions and how they integrate within Glasgow itself - I think the museum needs to bring the cities different religions to life and demonstrate what religions are in the City, where they come from, the people and nationalities, how this fits in with modern day life etc - I wanted to learn something but came away disappointed. All in all we only spent around 45 minutes in the museum. Certainly nothing here for Children,
Written April 13, 2019
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Dear Macquarrieclan, Thank you very much for your excellent review regarding your visit to St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art. We are sorry to hear that you had a negative experience during your your time with us. We will pass on your comments regarding our exhibitions and displays to our colleagues. We very much appreciate you taking the time to send us your comments and hope that you will come back again soon. With very best wishes Glasgow Museums.
Written July 8, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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