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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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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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Strong Focus on Asian Religions

There are some terrific displays. However, when it comes to minority religions, Christianity is not given a platform. The emphasis is on the traditional Christian church, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 28, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Located near the Cathedral and Necropolis, the St. Mungro Museum of Religious Life was a worthwhile couple of hours. We enjoyed the diverse approach to the subject and the art was, in our opinion, compelling and varied - there were ancient as well as contemporary pieces on display.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

There are some terrific displays. However, when it comes to minority religions, Christianity is not given a platform. The emphasis is on the traditional Christian church, and then the focus of minority religions is those of Asian origins, not the non-traditional Christian religions. This is such a missed opportunity because Glasgow has always been a host to many of the... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

Decent enough for one visit. Informative about different religions and little but history. Nice cafe on the ground floor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Used to house Dali's, Christ of Saint John of the Cross but it has now been moved to Kelvingrove Gallery. Useful for everyone, even a devout aetheist such as myself, to get a more comprehensive view of the sheer range of religions available and to see the amazing artefacts created to win over hearts and minds. Well worth a visit.

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Novo Mesto, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

This little museum was quite an unexpected discovery. It exhibits art and artefacts relating to multiple religions - compares, contrasts, and offers information. If you're visiting the cathedral and necropolis pop into this museum, you won't regret it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Several stories, but small collection. All religions represented. Interesting if interested in learning more about other religions and seeing some of their artifacts. Great view from top floor of the Glascow Cathedral and surrounding cemetery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This was my second visit here as at the moment there is a special exhibition on Angels. There were many interesting items to look at and a lot of information to absorb. My one and only criticism would be the awful music which was playing on that particular floor which really did detract from the exhibition itself.The rest of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

If you have limited interest in religions of the world , this is not a place for you. I walked through this and found little that interested me, however, my wife who enjoys religion found it interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Nice view of cathedral and necropolis. Art work here is ok. I'm not into religious paintings. Worth a visit if you have time. Garden is nice and the heads are interesting too...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

This museum is situated in an area saturated in history. Within a couple of hundred yards of one another are the Cathedral, the oldest house in Glasgow, the Necropolis and this museum. Don't be deterred by the title of the museum ( I fear that many are ). This is not a stuffy display of self righteousness and is very... More 

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