When Sir William Burrell and his wife, Constance, Lady Burrell, gifted his collection of over 9,000 works of art to Glasgow, the city acquired one of the greatest collections created by one person. William Burrell had been an art collector since his teens, and the collection is made up of a vast array of works of all periods and from all over the world. In 1944, Burrell and his wife signed the Deed of Gift of their collection to the City of Glasgow. They wanted the collection to be housed in a building 16 miles from the centre of the Glasgow, to show the works of art to their greatest advantage, and also to avoid the damaging effects of air pollution. Sadly, no suitable site had been identified by Burrell's death in 1958, but Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald and her family gifted Pollok House and 360 acres of Pollok Estate to the City of Glasgow in 1967. Although within the city boundaries, it was agreed that this offered a wonderful setting for the collections. The Burrell was purpose built, the result of an architectural competition, and opened in 1983. Care was taken to ensure harmony between the building and its collections, and the park it is situated in. The light and airy building, its woodland setting and the amazing breadth of Sir William Burrell's collection make a visit to The Burrell Collection an experience not to be missed. The park and woodland offer plenty of outdoor activities too - why not come for a walk and a picnic, or see the changing seasons reflected in the trees? Pollok House is also situated in Pollok Estate, about 10 minutes’ walk from the Burrell Collection, and a shuttle bus service runs between the two museums.
Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site
Open: Monday-Thursday & Saturday 10am-5pm, Friday & Sunday 11am-5pm
Closed: 25 and 26 December
1 and 2 January
You can wander round important collections of medieval art, tapestries, alabasters, stained glass and English oak furniture, European paintings, including works by Degas and Cézanne, an important collection of Islamic art, and modern sculpture including works by Epstein and Rodin. Children will be fascinated by the works from days of long ago -we have a fine collection of works from ancient China, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Architectural features from the collection have been integrated into the structure of the building -you can walk under arches built for medieval lords and ladies. There are also reconstructions of rooms from Sir William’s home, furnished in gothic style with items from the collection.
Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Weapons and War, World Cultures
The Great Big Museum Bus Tour
- 16 May 2015 11am-5pm
Just when you think you haven't been to a museum for a while, three (well, five!) come along at once! This fantastic hop-on, hop-off bus tour is the ideal way to enjoy some of the best museums in the city - just relax and leave it all to your own personal chauffeur! Each museum will be showcasing a different traditional craft with inspiring practical demonstrations and lots of opportunities to try them out for yourself! At The Burrell Collection, we'll be exploring the wonderful world of weaving so you can finally get to grips with your warp and weft. Then, having whet your creative appetite, you can get find out what those other arty folk are up to at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland Street School Museum, Riverside Museum and Gallery of Modern Art. Next stop, driver!
Activities are free. There is a small charge for the bus.
Pollok Country Park
2060 Pollokshaws Road
0141 287 2550
0141 287 2597