United Kingdom

2090 Pollokshaws Road

G43 1AT
Phone: 00 44 (0) 141 287 25500
Fax: 00 44 (0)141 287 2597
Website: http://www.glasgowmuseums

The Burrell Collection

The Burrell Collection is without doubt one of the finest and most important collections in the country, gifted to the city by wealthy shipowner Sir William Burrell in 1944. The building, opened in 1983 in the beautiful surroundings of Pollok Country Park, houses the internationally-renowned pieces from Sir William's fantastic private collection that come from the world over and date back well into the pre-Christian era. The ancient worlds of Egypt, Greece and Rome merge with rich Persian carpets and ceramics from the east. Burrell's great collection of oriental art spans five millennia. Paintings on display range from Rembrandt and Bellini to Cezanne and Degas. With funds left by Sir WIlliam Burrell, new additions can still be made to the Collection. Around twenty key pieces have been purchased, including the Warwick Vase, the Chaloner Carpet, some 17th century Chinese furniture, Peasant with Cows in a Meadow at Moret sur Loing by Alfred Sisley, and the Lochleven Hangings. All of these are on display at present. Purchases are also supported by the National Art Collection Fund.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (1)

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Permanent Collection

At the Burrell Collection you can see :
Medieval Tapestries, stained glass, furniture, armour, paintings and sculpture.
Art by Rembrandt, Bellini and the French Impressionists.
Exquisite Chinese and Oriental ceramics.
A fine collection of sculpture, including works by Epstein and Rodin.
Reconstructions of rooms from sir Williams home at Hutton Castle.


The Emperor's Terrapin
Thursday 18 January 2007 - Sunday 25 March 2007

A chance to see this beautiful and precious object from the British Museum, London created in 1600. The Terrapin is one of the largest pieces of jade in existence, and is carved in a remarkably accurate and life-like way.

Previous Exhibitions

Turner: The Late Seascapes (2004)

Exhibitions (1)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

The Cutting Edge show of outstanding contemporary Scottish craft, opens on 26 January, running until 29 April 2007.



Opening hours

10am - 5pm Mon - Thu & Sat, 11am - 5pm Fri & Sun

Getting there

Buses: 45, 47, 48, 57
Nearest Train Station: Pollockshaws West


Restaurant. Disabled Access. Lecture theatre with 180 capacity. On-site car and coach parking.

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Can I order images of objects on display?
Yes. You can find out more about ordering images by visiting our online Photo Library: The Kelvingrove shops also sell a range of items based on the collections, and you can find out more on our shop page:

Are there guided tours?
Yes. There are free daily guided tours. Groups can book a tour by telephoning the museums on 0141 287 2699.

Where can I find out about job vacancies in your museums and galleries? Glasgow Museums is part of Glasgow City Council, and all vacancies are dealt with by the Council's Personnel Department. Vacancies are listed on the Council's website at: and museum vacancies are listed under Cultural and Leisure Services.

How do I find out about the volunteering opportunities with Glasgow Museums?
Visit our news sections to find out the latest volunteering news and current volunteering opportunities. A volunteering update is emailed to people interested in volunteering and lists all of our current opportunities. To join the list, or to find out more information about volunteering with Glasgow Museums, send your email address to Catherine Cartmell, our Volunteer & Placement Co-ordinator: catherine.cartm> or telephone 0141 276 9381.

Can I hire a Glasgow Museums' venue for a corporate hospitality or community event?
Yes, some of our venues are available for hire and a full range of catering options is available. Encore Creative Catering operate venue hire and catering facilities on behalf of Glasgow Museums. Visit to find out more, or ...+ [ Read all ]


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 For more information see,


Friends of Glasgow Museums -0141 276 9599


Alan Horn - 0141 276 9599

Venue hire

0141 353 9108