St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
2 Castle Street
G4 0RH




0141 553 2557


0141 552 4744

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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.

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Opening hours

Monday-Thursday & Saturday 10am-5pm, Friday & Sunday 11am-5pm

Closed: 25 and 26 December
1 and 2 of January

Admission charges

Free. Some charges may apply for some temporary exhibitions. Please check website.

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 marvel at the world famous painting Christ of St John of The Cross by Salvador Dali and 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. 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. St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is situated near Glasgow's magnificent Gothic cathedral and opposite Provand's Lordship, the oldest house in the city. From the museum you can enjoy unrivalled views over both the cathedral and the Necropolis, the dramatic nineteenth-century graveyard on the hill behind. The Zen Garden, Britain’s first permanent Japanese Zen Garden was created by Yasuataro Tanaka in the spring of 1993. Zen is a Buddhist method of contemplation and is part of the tradition of Dyana (Chinese Ch’an, Japanese Zen) which depends on the simple life and a rejection of worldly pleasures and a return to nature. The stones, gravel and grass represent - in miniature - mountains, water and land and are meant to inspire contemplation. The layout of the garden derives from the unbroken tradition studied by Mr Tanaka in Kyoto, Japan.

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Photography, Religion, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Just Another Day

  • 1 April — 29 June 2014 *on now

This beautiful photographic exhibition looks at how everyday Glaswegians celebrate the various festivals and traditions of their faiths.

Just Another Day: Photographic Exhibition

  • 1 April — 19 June 2014 *on now

Whether joyous celebration or quiet meditation, festivals give meaning to ordinary days in the calendar year. This exhibition of photographs by Glasgow Museums’ photographer Jim Dunn explores the rich diversity of religious life in 21st Century Glasgow. Taken at a variety of locations around the city, the photographs capture the fascinating ways in which festivals are celebrated in Glasgow. From the solemn, silent Good Friday procession, to the dazzling colours and fireworks of Dusserah, this exhibition highlights the meaning attached to these festivals that makes them more than ‘just another day’.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Seeing God in the desert - Talk

  • 4 May 2014 2-3pm

This talk will explore the desert as a continuing theme in Christianity in art and literature up to the present time, with lecturer Dr. David Jasper from University of Glasgow

BSL Café

  • 10 May 2014 2-3pm

BSL Learners of all levels can join us at St Mungo to meet and sign with other learners. Not a teaching session but discussion topics will be suggested. No Talking!

Reading Together: An Introduction to Scriptural Reasoning

  • 11 May 2014 2-4:30pm

Inter-faith dialogue where small groups of Muslims, Christians and Jews read their scriptures together and the goal is understanding.


Advance book: 0141 276 1625

Adult Art Afternoons - Zen Inspirations

  • 18 May 2014 1-4pm

Relax and unwind with simple activities inspired by Zen philosophy. Make a mini Zen Garden and create a printed memento, as your key to calm. (we have an image)


Advance book: 0141 276 1625

Seeing God in the Necropolis - Talk

  • 1 June 2014 2-3pm

A look at how god is depicted within Glasgow's main Victorian cemetary

BSL Café

  • 7 June 2014 2-3pm

BSL Learners of all levels can join us at St Mungo to meet and sign with other learners. Not a teaching session but discussion topics will be suggested. No Talking!

Adult Art Afternoons - Sumptuous Silks

  • 8 June 2014 1-4pm

Our popular Silk Painting class draws inspiration from our beautiful stained glass panels and sumptuous fabrics. Create a silk masterpiece!


Advance book: 0141 276 1625

Claire Cunningham: Guide Gods

  • 20 June 2014

Part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, Guide Gods is a new performance exploring the perspectives of the major faiths and religions towards disability and deafness. Find out more at

Adult Art Afternoons - An introduction to simple bookmaking

  • 29 June 2014 1-4pm

Enjoy creating a simple journal or note book for yourself or as a special gift. Beginners welcome. (we have an image)


Advance book: 0141 276 1625

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

St Mungo's Art Cart

Come to St Mungo Museum and enjoy the activities and games on the Art Cart. The Art Cart is free and available every day of the week. Come along at weekends for facilitated sessions with the Learning Assistants - ask at reception on Saturday or Sunday if you wish to have a facilitated session.

How to obtain

Art Cart activities are free and operate on a drop-in basis, unless you request a facilitated session from the Learning Assistants (Sat & Sun). For more details call the museum on 0141 2761625.