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“Small but certainly delivers - museum and cafe!”

St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
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Owner description: 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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“Small but certainly delivers - museum and cafe!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

I had a great time exploring St Mungos Museum. It's not a big place but there is lots to see and explore from across the world's religions.

There's a room comparing the religions of the world and their stance on various subjects which is fascinating.

The Encore cafe on the ground floor is ideal and serves everything you would expect from a cafe. I had soup, a sandwich and a cake - all delicious and the staff were great. An enjoyable afternoon.

Visited November 2012
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“Nice for a change”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

Has a nice little cafe, a few levels with different intellectual levels within each. Some hands on things that adults and kids can do. Gorgeous views of the cathedral, zen garden and cemetery behind it.

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“Small, but perfectly formed...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

As others have said, this is not a large museum, but I spent a couple of hours here and could have spent more. In most museums you can't look at everything, and it would be boring if you did, here everything is worth spending time over.

The Howson Crucifixion 2010, there for at least a year, is amazing, as is the large Shiva-Nataraja. The thematic sections have well-chosen artefacts, displayed and explained in an all-age style; accessible to all, regardless of religious knowledge, without being childish. Upstairs was a little more confused, with some exhibits aimed squarely at schools (lots to pick up and experiment with) looking at each major faith in the middle of the room, then more traditional displays about the social history of religion in Scotland round the outside, but all still very interesting.

Finally the apple pie in the tea room was delicious, and if it hadn't been freezing cold I would have eaten it outside and spent another hour looking at the small but perfectly-formed Zen garden; a metaphor for the whole museum, really.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

Interesting insight into all the different religions and customs in the world, good for kids and adults alike, learned lots of things.

Visited February 2012
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“A way to find out about others beliefs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

This is not a big museum but every floor is full of artefacts and interesting things for youngsters to do. The major religions of the world are represented and well exhibited in a castle-like venue. There is a good coffee bar and visitor shop and a zen garden outside for you to relax when the weather is fine. You could spend a morning or afternoon there and really come out with a little more knowledge of world religions, which might help create a bit more understanding too.

Visited October 2012
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