The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ



Mhairi Douglas, Visitor Services Manager

Monica Callaghan, Head of Education

Jill Barnfather, Education Assistant



0141 330 4221

Art Gallery

0141 330 5431



0141 330 3617

Art Gallery

0141 330 3618

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The University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery is home to one of the top five collections in Scotland, with over a million items ranging from meteorites to Mackintosh and mummies.

The Hunterian is the legacy of Dr William Hunter, a pioneering obstetrician and teacher. His passion for collecting was legendary. Hunter was born and raised locally and was a student at the University of Glasgow. He moved to London in 1741, where he found fame and fortune as physician to the Royal family and teacher of anatomy and surgery. Hunter lavished his wealth on building up his vast and varied private collection.

When he died in 1783 he left his entire collection to the University of Glasgow, along with the money to create a suitable museum. The Hunterian opened its doors in 1807, making it Scotland's oldest public museum.

The present day Hunterian is spread across four sites on the University campus. The purpose built Hunterian Art Gallery and Mackintosh House are in Hillhead Street. The Hunterian Museum is in the Main University building on University Avenue. The Zoology Museum is in the Graham Kerr building and the Anatomy Museum is in the Thomson building.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm

For group visits, prior booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Closed Sundays and public holidays

Admission charges

Admission to the Museum and Art Gallery is free. Admission charge for The Mackintosh House.

The Hunterian collections are extensive and wide-ranging with just over one million objects. The recently published Scottish National Audit of all museum collections ranked the Hunterian as third in Scotland in terms of overall collection size, and in terms of the proportion of our collections which are of international importance.

Items from this collection

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Asante Weights
  • Coins
  • Captain Cook
  • Dinosaurs
  • Egyptians
  • Hominid Evolution
  • Romans
  • Art Gallery: Mackintosh House, Glasgow Boys, Mackintosh Collection, Scottish Colourists, Whistler Collection
  • William Hunter and Anatomy
  • Zoololgy: Animal Architecture, Birds, Corals, Insects, Invertebrates, Mammals, Reptile, Amphibians, Fish
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Lucy Skaer

  • 6 June 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

This new exhibition features a group of pivotal works by Turner Prize-nominee Lucy Skaer. Skaer employs a variety of media, including drawing, sculpture, film and installation. She creates work both visually compelling and elusive; continuously questioning the relationship between representation and reality.

Lucy Skaer includes the installation of four key pieces, a drawing, a 16mm film, and two wooden sculptures – inspired by the surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, whom Skaer visited in 2006 wanting to better understand the dialectics of her own practice. These were first shown under the title 'Leonora' in Basel, 2006, and subsequently at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Like much of Skaer’s practice, these works describe not the reality of the encounter, but rather its effect on the artist's intellect and emotions.

The programme accompanying the exhibition includes screenings of several 16mm films which Skaer made in collaboration with Beck's Futures Prize-winner Rosalind Nashashibi.

Lucy Skaer is part of GENERATION - a landmark series of exhibitions tracing the remarkable development of contemporary art in Scotland over the last 25 years. It will bring an ambitious and extensive programme of works of art by over 100 artists to over 60 galleries, exhibition spaces and venues the length and breadth of the nation between March – November 2014, with the majority of exhibitions taking place over the summer of 2014, as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.

Junior Archaeologists' Club

For children aged 8 years and over who are interested in archaeology. The club meets at the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, on the first Saturday of every month at 10am. New members very welcome.

How to obtain

Call the museum on 0141 3304221 for further details or to join.