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St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

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Address: 2 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0RH, Scotland
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+44 141 276 1629
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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I confess that I wasn't planning visit them and I just gone there because I should wait for the bus. But It was a good surprise. There is not many things to see, so if you spend 1... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 December 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

I confess that I wasn't planning visit them and I just gone there because I should wait for the bus. But It was a good surprise. There is not many things to see, so if you spend 1 hour is enough to see a bit about the religious, specially about the respect and tolerance between them.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Got there quite late in the day, so will have to go back to have a more in depth look around, but what we did see was utterly fascinating. There's artefacts and displays from all the major religions, and some others too. Well worth a visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This is a museum dedicated to looking at different religions but in a way that is not preaching or judgemental. The layout is very good. The shop is worth a visit and there is a nice little cafe, plus you can sit outside and look at the Zen Garden. A good place to go after visiting the cathedral or necropolis... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

A wonderful museum which gives a great overview all religions with full in depth information on all items, there is also an excellent cafe which sells homemade soup.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

If you are any religion you will be gripped by this museum full of items historic and full of wonders.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We visited after going to the Cathedral next door and also to the Catholic cathedral. Too much for our tired legs to cope with but very interesting. We will come a second time top do it justice

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Such a tiny museum that offers a view to the religions of the world. Interesting collection and beautifully displayed. Next to the Cathedral so you get to visit two attractions in close proximity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I would visit here again as I found it to be very informative on the religious history of Glasgow, I especially found the slaves aspect interesting, it tied in with a programme I watch Scotland and the Klan.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We discovered this at the end of the day and hadn't enough time to do it justice, unfortunately. Many artefacts/trinkets from around the world, also found the information on other religions informative. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Fascinating museum covering all the faiths and religions in Scotland (well most of the better known ones at least - not sure 'Jedi' has been recognised in Scotland yet). Lots of wonderful exhibits that show you the good points and bad points of having such a diverse population. This place leaves you with a sense of well-being and peace -... More 

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