Sir William Burrell decided to give his personal art collection to the people of Glasgow in 1944, 14 years before his death. He, like other business men of Glasgow, believed in ‘free education for all’ and wanted the people of the city to be able to enjoy viewing his collection at all times. Now the collection is visited by thousands of people from all over the world, not just Glaswegians. (people of Glasgow).
The collection is breath-taking in both the depth and variety of items, people often cannot believe one man was responsible for bringing the collection together. The building housing the collection is set inside Pollock Park, once the home of the Maxwell family who gave the land to the city thus enabling the Burrell Collection to find a permanent home.
The collection contains an epic Chinese porcelain collection, Tudor furniture, Norman stone archways, religious ornaments and a huge collection of tapestries. The painting gallery houses early religious painting to several Monet’s and Cezanne. Egyptian pottery, Greek and Islamic art are also well represented.
Scottish Tourist guides are often found taking groups to the Burrell Collection and the park deer are often found peering in through the windows of the long glass gallery too! The building itself is a wonderful design, purpose built to show off the collection at its best.
In March 2016 it will close temporarily for approximately two years for refurbishment so best make a visit soon! Meanwhile part of the Burrell collection can be found in St Mungo’s Museum of religious Life & Art and Provand’s Lordship museums at Glasgow Cathedral area.
For further information see Glasgow Museum Services.
Museum Opening Hours:
Monday: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday: 11am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm