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.
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm and Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm
Closed Mondays and public holidays
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
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
- Captain Cook
- Hominid Evolution
- 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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