St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
2 Castle Street
Tel: 0141 553 2557
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
This award-winning museum is unique in it’s exploration of the importance of religion in people’s lives across the world and across time.
St Mungo’s Museum aims to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and of none.
The building, which stands on the site of the medieval Bishop’s Castle, was opened in April 1993. It is situated near Glasgow’s magnificent Gothic cathedral and opposite Provand’s Lordship, the oldest house in the city.
The Gallery of Religious Life explores the world’s six main religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. The museum also looks at other beliefs such as Chinese, native American, Egyptian and African. St Mungo’s Museum is in fact the only museum in the world which chronicles all of the major faiths. In this gallery you can listen to people of all religions talk about their faith and meet the Mexican Day of the Dead skeleton, which celebrates the victory of life over death. You can also see stunning works of art including the figure of the Hindu god, Shiva. The gallery is illuminated with a wealth of colours by beautiful stained glass windows depicting Christian saints and prophets which creates a unique atmosphere in the museum.
The Scottish Gallery presents the fascinating story of how religion has shaped the culture and beliefs of people in the West of Scotland from earliest times to the present. You can admire the beautiful Sharing of Faiths Banner, celebrating the multi-faith city of Glasgow today. Beside the museum is Britain’s first permanent Zen garden a tranquil haven where you can relax, and which symbolises the harmony between people and nature.
The museum hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, and in 2007 offers a programme of exhibitions and events relating to the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. They also run anti-sectarian workshops.
An excellent day out!