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St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

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Address: 2 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0RH, Scotland
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+44 141 276 1629
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The award-winning St Mungo Museum is a haven of tranquility in a bustling...

The award-winning St Mungo Museum is a haven of tranquility in a bustling city. This museum is named after Glasgow's patron saint, who brought the Christian faith to Scotland in the 6th century.

The building was built in 1989 in Scottish baronial style by Ian Begg. It was designed to reflect the architecture of the Bishops' Castle, the site of which is occupied by the museum. Its galleries are full of displays, artifacts and stunning works of art. They explore the importance of religion in peoples' lives across the world and across time.

The venue aims to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and of none, and offers something for everyone.

You can find out more about some of the world's major religions, and the story of religion in the west of Scotland. Or you can relax in the museum cafe, which opens out into the first Zen garden in Britain.

St Mungo Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions and a variety of events, from family-friendly activities to talks relating to religion in Scotland today.

This museum sits across from Provand's Lordship, which is the oldest house in Glasgow, and alongside the medieval Glasgow Cathedral.

Why not take a trip to visit all three?

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Good museum cafe

The cafe at the museum is very pleasant. The staff are friendly and there is a reasonable choice of snacks. The panini was nice. Apple pie quite nice.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 June 2016
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Visit here with family, they love it. All ages from 7years old to 45 years old. We even took part in a little art class but the kids absolutely love investigating the whole place. Great view onto the necropolis too. Fantastic day out for a rainy Glasgow.

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Thank Margaret S
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Great insight into the world's religions, cultures and identities. The Dancing with Shiva is awe inspiring. The Zen Garden is a nice touch on the way out.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

The cafe at the museum is very pleasant. The staff are friendly and there is a reasonable choice of snacks. The panini was nice. Apple pie quite nice.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

You should definitely visit this place and especially since it is in close vicinity to the Glasgow Necropolis so you get two for the price of one, and its actually all free.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

I am a retired world history teacher, and so much of history centered around religion. I like the diversity that is showcased. I didn't know the diversity and experience of Glasgow. Well-done and worth a visit.

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Thank DebiBye
Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

It is a nice museum, don't get me wrong. The interior is pretty nice. But it lacked objects/artefacts, exhibitions... Similar to the Chester Beatty library in Dublin, but then not up to its standards. There was honestly not much to see, apart from a mummy, at least nothing that I was interested in. A little bit disappointed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Really nice set-up of artifacts that show and explain the differences between the beliefs of the major religions. Very well done.

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Thank huskerrn
Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

If you ever want to see fairness and humility and experience a feeling of unity with your fellowman regardless of creed or colour. Go this this establishment. It's free but I would pay to feel that sharing of knowledge about my fellowman. That's what religion is about!!

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Thank Maureen C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

A great place to spend an hour or two. The exhibitions are amazing showing such a diverse range of religions, their customs,clothing and beliefs. There is one floor devoted entirely to angles, the even have a picture of "Charlies Angels. There is a small shop and cafe on site

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

This museum is fantastic it has information on so many religions the view from the top floor window of the cathedral and necropolis is a dream .Cafe has a relatively small menu very tasty a not too expensive.Has a lift to all floor which makes it easier for those who have problems with stairs

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