Address: Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Tel: 0141 330 4221
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 4pm.
Scotland’s oldest museum, The Hunterian, is situated within The University of Glasgow and is home to one of the finest university collections in the world.
Established more than 200 years ago in 1807 at the bequest of Dr William Hunter, The Hunterian is worth a visit simply for the fact that it is Scotland’s oldest museum.
With a huge collection only rivalled by the National Museums, it features stunning permanent displays of archaeology, palaeontology, geology, zoology, entomology, ethnography and numismatics.
Among The Hunterian’s vast collection you will find a gallery dedicated to the scientific instruments used by James Watt, Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin; and a collection devoted to the history of medicine. Warning: their anatomical collections are not for the faint of heart!
Other permanent displays include outstanding Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall; major natural and life sciences holdings; Hunter’s own extensive anatomical teaching collection; one of the world’s greatest numismatic collections; impressive ethnographic objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages and a major art collection.
The Hunterian is also home to the world’s largest permanent display 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.
All in all, the Hunterian ranks as one of Scotland’s most significant cultural destinations and is not to be missed.