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

Barkcloth: Revealing Pacific Craft

  • 29 August — 29 November 2019 *on now

This exhibition highlights The Hunterian’s world-class collection of Pacific barkcloth (tapa) and showcases the findings of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project Situating Pacific Barkcloth in Time and Place.

Combining methods of technical art history, conservation science, anthropology and art history, the exhibition reveals unknown provenances in The Hunterian collections and new scientific findings about the production, trading and use of tapa. Featuring exceptional samples of barkcloth newly restored to their original magnificence, the exhibition demonstrates how focused collections research can enhance our knowledge of collections and of the field.

In addition to the most outstanding examples of barkcloth on display for the first time, the exhibition includes objects collected on the exploratory voyages of Captain Cook and by Presbyterian missionary Reverend George Turner, including original tools, dyes, fibres and plant species used to make the cloth.

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm and Sundays 11.00am - 4.00pm. Admission is free.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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


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.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh textile design

Take an Object

  • 1 August — 27 September 2019 *on now

Featuring current research and innovative use of The Hunterian collections, 'Take an Object' showcases how items from our collections continue to inspire new ideas and curiosity in the most creative minds.

The exhibition features work developed by students from the MLitt in Technical Art History at the University of Glasgow including replicas, cross-sections and X-ray images which have uncovered a mysterious portrait hidden under a baroque painting; students from Product Design Engineering at The Glasgow School of Art have used 3D-models to re-imagine a Roman hammer used twenty centuries ago in the construction of the Antonine Wall; and designers from the luxury fashion house Loewe demonstrate how Charles Rennie Mackintosh designs are still at the cutting edge of the fashion world today.

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm and Sundays 11.00am - 4.00pm. Admission is free.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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


The Hunterian
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ

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0141 330 4221

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