The Hunterian

Address: University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 330 4221

- Free


Scotland’s oldest public museum is home to Mackintosh, meteorites and mummies.

Beneath the Gothic spires of the University of Glasgow, the Hunterian Museum houses one of the city’s best collections of art, science and academia. Founded in 1807 on the collections of the eminent Scottish physician and obstetrician William Hunter, this museum has a number of permanent galleries focusing on coins, anatomy, Roman occupation, dinosaurs and fossils, zoology and scientific instruments – everything bar the kitchen sink really. Although they may have one from ancient Greece kept in storage someplace. But it’s the Mackintosh Collection, the largest single holding of his work comprising more than 800 drawings, designs and watercolours, and the Whistler collections that are world-famous.

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The permanent display based on the life and work of Glasgow’s greatest scientist, Lord Kelvin, who invented the Kelvin temperature scale lest you forget.

The art gallery is home to more than 200 works from the renowned Glasgow Boys painting set.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • Escaping the crowds
  • History
  • Design and architecture