Glasgow

United Kingdom



Address:
2 Castle Street

G4 0RH
Phone: 0141 553 2557
Website: www.glasgowmuseums.com

St Mungo Museum Of Religious Life And Art

This unique museum explores the importance of religion in people's lives across the world and across time. The building, which stands on the site of the medieval Bishop's Castle, was opened in April 1993.

The aim of the museum is to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and none. Displays occupy three floors and are divided into four exhibition areas: the Gallery of Religious Art, the Gallery of Religious Life, the Scottish Gallery and a temporary exhibition space.

In the Gallery of Religious Art you can reflect on the awesome figure of the Hindu god Shiva, Lord of the Dance. The gallery is illuminated with a wealth of colours by beautiful stained glass windows depicting Christian saints and prophets.


Permanent Collection

The Gallery of Religious Life explores the world's six main religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. In this gallery you can listen to people of all religions talk about their faith and meet the Mexican Day of the Dead skeleton, celebrating the victory of life over death.

The Scottish Gallery presents the fascinating story of how religion has shaped the culture and beliefs of people in the West of Scotland from earliest times to the present. You can admire the beautiful Sharing of Faiths Banner, celebrating the multi-faith city of Glasgow today. Beside the museum you can contemplate in Britain’s first permanent Zen garden, a masterpiece of simplicity, symbolising the harmony between people and nature.


Exhibitions

Voices from Africa 2007 - Photography by Roddy Mackay

In the first part of its Voices from Africa 2007 project, St Mungo Museum is working with award-winning documentary photographer Roddy Mackay and Glasgow's African communities to highlight African heritage in Scotland.


Exhibitions (1)

Click on the images to enlarge







Opening hours

Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.


Getting there

By Rail
Ten minutes' walk from High Street rail station.

By Bus
First Bus services 11, 36, 37, 38,42, 89, and 138 all stop near the museum.


Facilities

Facilities
Free Guided Tours; Gallery Shop; Café; Male and Female Toilets; Wheelchair Access; Nearby Pay and Display Parking.


Museum internal and external photos (1)

Click on the images to enlarge



News and events

The Crafts Diversity Project was a six month collaborative project between artist Paula Ramdhan and St Mungo Museum.

The Project worked with groups from across the city to explore sectarianism in Glasgow through the use of a variety of textiles and screen-printing techniques.

Participants explored objects in the museum relating to sectarianism and world religions religions, and issues such as territorialism in Glasgow.

The final works produced by the Project are an amalgamation of participants' ideas and Paula's own personal journey.

Food for Thought - Free lunchtime talks at St Mungo Museum and Provand's Lordship

Start Date: Wednesday 01 November 2006

End Date: Wednesday 20 June 2007

These informal talks give you the chance to discover some of the human stories behind objects in the museum. Is there something you always wanted to know?


Education

Our Education Service provides programmes and resources for education providers from pre-school to higher education, including activity sheets linked to the collections, handling boxes and in-service training for teachers and other education professionals.
Citizenship, World Religions Workshops, and Themed Tours
Pupils have the opportunity at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art to explore Glasgow's many faith communities and learn how people of different faiths enrich and contribute to the city. Themes include active citizenship, community, faith, racism and sectarianism.