The Hunterian is a museum of superlatives, as it is not just the oldest public museum in Scotland. This is also one of the most extensive non National Museum collections (deemed a Collection of National Significance). In addition, it is amongst the United Kingdom’s premier university museums and is one of the most significant cultural attractions in Scotland. It began when a man called Dr William Hunter left a very large collection of anatomical teaching devices, artworks and other scientific objects to the state. Amongst these are instruments of science which were owned by Lord Kelvin, James Watt and Joseph Lister, as well as one of the largest numismatic collections in the world. The reassembled interior of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s house in Glasgow is also located here.
The St Mungo Museum is located on Castle Street, Glasgow. It consists of a number of galleries which investigate the significant part that religion has played and still plays in many peoples’ lives, no matter where they live. Its goal is create harmony between the world’s religions, and between religious and non religious individuals. It does this by teaching visitors about different religions and Scotland’s religious history. The peaceful café of this award wining museum backs onto the first Zen garden in the country.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow’s greatest architect, was the designer of Scotland Street School. This establishment closed in 1979, and these days operates as a museum. It teaches visitors how Scotland’s educational system evolved over the centuries, from the late 1800s right up to modern times, via three replica classrooms. The recorded voices of past pupils and staff tell their own personal experiences of the school. Lovers of Mackintosh’s architectural style will be very impressed by this building, as it is considered one of his best works. In the Mackintosh Room, fans can examine his blueprints for the school.
Trongate 103, right in the centre of Glasgow’s Merchant City, is a new institution dedicated to art and creativity in all its forms. It will be the base for a number of photography and film studios, theatres and artists, to name just a few of the worthy causes it is set up to support. On the first and ground floors are the galleries, where a mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions will be hosted throughout the year. Workshops, lectures, seminars and performances will also feature regularly on the year round calendar of this innovative building.
Provand’s Lordship represents over 540 years of Glasgow’s rich history, as it was built in the late 15th century. It is the city’s oldest surviving house, which when built operated as a wing of a hospital. Only three other buildings of its time are still standing today in Glasgow. Thanks to a painstaking rebuild, and furniture from the 1600s kindly given to the project by Sir William Burrell, visitors can get a taste of what home life in the Middle Ages was like. Backing onto Provand’s Lordship is the very peaceful St Nicholas Garden, where herbs used as traditional medicines are grown. The famous Tontine Faces are also found here.