The Burrell Collection
Pollock Country Park
2060 Pollockshaws Rd
Tel: 0141 287 2550
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am – 5pm, Friday and Sunday 11am – 5pm
The Burrell Collection is probably Glasgow’s most extensive and diverse museum.
The award-winning building contains a unique and internationally famous collection of art in a beautiful woodland setting. Bequeathed to the city by Shipping magnate Sir William Burrell in 1944, the collection includes paintings by Rembrant, Cézanne, Bellini and Sisley.
Sir William’s interests were worldwide in nature, with a special focus on the arts and crafts of medieval Europe, Oriental art and European paintings. The collection, which is comprised of over 9,000 objects, also includes Greek and Roman artefacts, objects from several Chinese dynasties, along with other ceramics, furniture and tapestries. There are also stained glass works with modern sculpture by Rodin and Epstein and an important collection of Islamic art.
It really is astounding, and extremely impressive, that all of these items were collected by one man; William Burrell. Not only is this a very interesting collection, but despite the ugly conservatory style building, the setting of the collection is actually very pretty; it is housed within the woodlands of Pollock Country Park, in Pollock House (which was also gifted to Glasgow City Council). So you can enjoy a picnic while you’re there! That probably would be the highlight of the day if you took kids with you. However, the Burrell also hosts major temporary exhibitions and there are family friendly events throughout the year.