The Hunterian

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The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow is one of the world's leading university museums. Founded in 1807, it is Scotland's oldest public museum and one of Scotland’s most important cultural assets. Its collections have been Recognised as a Collection of National Significance.

Built on the founding bequest of pioneering anatomist and obstetrician William Hunter, The Hunterian is home to over a million magnificent items ranging from meteorites to mummies and Mackintosh.

The Hunterian has several sites on the University campus. The Hunterian Art Gallery and Mackintosh House are in Hillhead Street, the Hunterian Museum is in the Main University building on University Avenue and the Hunterian Zoology Museum is in the Graham Kerr building. The Hunterian also has displays and The Hunterian Collections Study Centre at Kelvin Hall.

The Hunterian Museum features stunning displays of archaeology, palaeontology, geology, zoology, entomology, ethnography and numismatics, with highly acclaimed permanent galleries dedicated to Roman material from the Antonine Wall, the history of medicine in the West of Scotland and Lord Kelvin’s scientific instruments.

The Hunterian Art Gallery boasts one of the most distinguished public art collections in Scotland with works ranging from Rubens and Rembrandt to the Scottish Colourists and Glasgow Boys. It also features one of the world’s best collections of the work of James McNeill Whistler, the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Mackintosh House, the reassembled interiors from his Glasgow home.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm and Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm

Closed Mondays and public holidays

Admission charges

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


  • National Art Pass

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
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Whistler: Art and Legacy

  • 9 July — 31 October 2021 *on now

The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow is home to one of the world’s largest collections of the work of American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) which includes paintings, drawings, watercolours, pastels, etchings and lithographs, as well as extensive holdings of his artist’s materials and the contents of his studio.

'Whistler: Art and Legacy' showcases The Hunterian collection’s strengths and richness, exploring the development of Whistler’s artistic practice and how the University of Glasgow came to acquire this leading collection through the generosity of his sister-in-law, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873–1958).

Featuring major works alongside a selection of rarely seen material, Whistler: Art and Legacy also investigates other aspects of Whistler’s life and art including his cosmopolitan family background, his late work and life in Paris in the 1890s and a lesser-known portion of the collection, gifted in 1935, which can only be seen in Glasgow.

The exhibition also examines the role that Glasgow played in supporting Whistler and forming his artistic legacy, which has been carried forward by University of Glasgow researchers over the last few decades through major digital and technical art history projects.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Hunterian Art Gallery. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday 11am–4pm. Closed Monday. Admission free and by pre-booked timed ticket:


The Hunterian
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ

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0141 330 4221

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