The St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is a pleasant place to visit. The galleries are full of displays and works of art.
Their aim is to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and of none. It offers an opportunity for visitors to find out more about some of the world’s major religions, and the story of religion in the west of Scotland.
I enjoyed the visit and relaxed a little in the museum café, and enjoyed the first Zen garden in Britain.
St Mungo Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions and a variety of events, from family-friendly activities to talks relating to religion in Scotland today.
The museum sits across from Provand’s Lordship – the oldest house in Glasgow – and alongside the medieval Glasgow Cathedral.
I found this museum quite interesting. They have art works, photography and facts about various religions around the world. A section is dedicated to facts related to Religious influence on our day to day life and rituals was the best section
Came to know some interesting facts about different religions.
There is a souvenir shop as well within the premise.
The St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art is a small, intimate museum displaying artefacts in an educational way from a variety of religions and faiths. As well as the world's main religions, such as Islam, Christianity and Buddhism, there are examples of more 'exotic' faith systems such as those of Aboriginal Australians.
Some of my favourite items were the Buddha's from the Burmese tradition and a Native American rug. The museum appears to act as a centre for inter-faith dialogue, which in our present times sounds like a good thing to me. A major exhibit covers various themes such as death, marriage, birth and how people of different faiths deal with and celebrate different stages of the lifecycle.
Displaying religious objects in a museum has its own set of curatorial considerations that make choice of object and placement quite a delicate operation. A curator should be mindful that it may not be appropriate to place certain objects in the same display case, or that in some faiths it may not be allowed for a particular gender or for someone outside that faith to see certain objects. The placement of Buddha statues, which should always be the highest object in the display case, or the Qu'ran, which should also always be highly placed. As you see the different objects located together, it might be interesting to think how you'd place such seemingly disparate objects together in themes while being mindful of their importance and meaning to different faith groups.
The Glasgow Necropolis, a 19th century cemetary is located behind the museum and you also get a good view of the cathedral from 3rd floor.
Entry is free. Don't bother with the gift shop btw, it's got mainly tat rather than anything truly educational or religious. Except maybe if you need a pair of rosary beads...
St Mungo was the parton saint of Glasgow. The building is in the Scots Baronial style; it's actually a recent addition to Glasgow's museums, completed in 1992. It contains a treasure trove of religious artwork, artifacts, and memorabilia.
St Mungo's museum of Religious art, is somewhat unusual. In a new purpose built building, it houses many fine pieces including Salvador Dali's Christ of St John on the cross a very contentious piece. In addition it is directly across the road from the Provand's Lordship, reputedly the oldest house in Glasgow.
This museum is unique. Its displays emphasize the importance of religion in people's lives around the world and over time.
There are the Gallery of Religious Art, the Gallery of Religious Life, the Scottish Gallery and a temporary exhibition space.
The Gallery of Religious Art has stained glass windows depicting Christian saints and prophets.
The Gallery of Religious Life explores the world's six main religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
This is a fairly new museum, and the first of its kind in the world, situated right next to Glasgow Cathedral. It was originally intended as a visitor centre for the cathedral and this now occupies the basement.
One floor concentrates on religion in Scotland while the other has works of art representing the six main world religions. which include Dali's 'The Christ of St John on the Cross'. There is also an exhibit using artifacts from all over the world to illustrate various aspects of different religions such as customs relating to birth, death, marriage etc Outside there is a Zen buddhist garden as well, overlooked by the obligatory cafe.
I have to say this museum was a lot more interesting than I expected. I'm not religious and thought it might be a bit preachy or something. I just thought I might as well go in anyway, since it was free but was far from disappointed!
St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art
1000-1700 Monday to Saturday
I thought this would be a bit boring really, not being a religious person, but someone had mentioned that it was really interesting so I decided to have a look. It turned out to be a rather fascinating museum with art and religious objects representing nearly every religion. There was information about customs and different religious beliefs which was quite interesting. There are also some very nice stained glass windows that are at eye level so you can see the details more closely.
when we where there it was "Religon" that was the team for the moment.. a bit boring.. but it is for FREE..
St. Mungo is the patrion saint of Glasgow. This museum has some religious artifcats and religious art. It's free, so it's worth a quick look.