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.

Discounts

  • 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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
GUGA exhibition identity featuring photograph of young woman

GUGA: Exploring Gaelic Identities

  • 11 October 2019 — 2 February 2020 *on now

Scheduled to coincide with the 2019 Royal National Mòd and the UNESCO ‘International Year of Indigenous Languages’, GUGA: Exploring Gaelic Identities considers how historic perceptions of Gaelic culture have been formed and sustained, and asks what this culture, and its language, means in contemporary Scotland.

GUGA features both Gaelic and English texts plus must-see items from the collections of The Hunterian and University of Glasgow Archives and Special Collections. These include one of the oldest known Highland ‘Targes’, a Neolithic skeleton from Tiree, some of the earliest Gaelic printed books and a slideshow of images by award winning photographer Laetitia Vancon, offering a photo documentary of young people living on the Outer Hebrides.

Please note that GUGA is open from 11.00am - 5.00pm on Sundays.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Hunterian Art Gallery
82 Hillhead Street
University of Glasgow
Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Website

https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/exhibitions/exhibitionprogramme/guga/

Blue and green Perspex cube

A Gift to Glasgow from New York: The Phillip A. Bruno Collection

  • 18 October 2019 — 12 January 2020 *on now

This exhibition celebrates the gift of over 70 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, from Phillip A. Bruno.

The collection was formed over 70 years during a long and illustrious career in New York, where Bruno worked as director of several prominent contemporary art galleries.

Bruno was born in Paris, studied art history at Columbia University, then embarked on a career working with artists. Manhattan is a truly international art centre, and while many of the figures Bruno dealt with were New Yorkers, he also had a special interest in European, primitive and oceanic art, as well as painters from the American West Coast. The Hunterian exhibition coincides with his 90th birthday.

Please note that A Gift to Glasgow from New York is open from 11.00am - 4.00pm on Sundays.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Hunterian Art Gallery
82 Hillhead Street
University of Glasgow
Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Website

https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/exhibitions/exhibitionprogramme/agifttoglasgowfromnewyork/

Drawing of a horse

Alex Impey -Gnostic Cautery

  • 15 November 2019 — 12 January 2020 *on now

Alex Impey is a Glasgow-based artist whose practice ranges from drawing to sculpture and writing. For this solo exhibition at The Hunterian, Impey has made new work in sculpture and video. These works extend an interest in themes of biology and technology that is a consistent feature of his practice.

In -Gnostic Cautery, the artist has explored these concerns through research into two, seemingly very different, uses of animal bodies. The first of these relates to historical practices in which sheep's livers were interpreted to divine the future.

The exhibition is also informed by much more recent scientific experiments that use cauterisation to damage butterfly pupae and to study its effects on the development of mimetic eyespots on the butterflies’ wings. Impey responds to these precedents in a number of ways, including the casting of animal specimens from The Hunterian’s collection.

Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation.

Please note that -Gnostic Cautery is open from 11.00am - 4.00pm on Sundays.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Hunterian Art Gallery
82 Hillhead Street
University of Glasgow
Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Website

https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/exhibitions/exhibitionprogramme/aleximpey/

Expedition maps and photographs

Exploration: From Deep Time to Outer Space

  • 13 December 2019 — 15 March 2020

Many of the most interesting and scientifically valuable natural sciences collections are the legacy of amazing expeditions.

Scientists fuelled by curiosity and the quest for knowledge brave the unknown and potentially hazardous, looking in new places or in new ways to reveal new truths about our world. New life is discovered, new materials and natural features uncovered and natural phenomena explained, but not all goes to plan and not everyone makes it back alive.

From the surface of Mars to the stark chill of the Antarctic and the moisture and richness of the South American rainforest to a back yard in Bearsden, this new exhibition reveals fascinating tales of expedition triumph and tragedy.

Please note, Exploration is open from 11.00am until 4.00pm on Sundays.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Hunterian Museum
Gilbert Scott Building
University of Glasgow
University Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Website

https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/exhibitions/exhibitionprogramme/exploration/

The Hunterian
University of Glasgow
Glasgow
Strathclyde
G12 8QQ
Scotland

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Website

http://www.glasgow.ac.uk/hunterian

E-mail

Hunterian-Enquiries@glasgow.ac.uk

Telephone

0141 330 4221

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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