University District, Glasgow
Housing a fine collection of local and continental art pieces, the Gallery is a must-visit attraction for art enthusiasts. Also on display are sculptures, historical artifacts and tapestries.
Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery
Opened in 1807, the Hunterian is the oldest museum in Glasgow. It is named after William Hunter, a Glaswegian doctor who lived in the 18th C and bequeathed not only his own collection of anatomical parts, objets d'art and items from many disciplines of science but also large sums of money. The museum has now expanded and possesses departments of ethnography, zoology, geology and archaeology, including many finds from Roman sites. Hunter also owned a fine collection of coins and these are exhibited in a purpose-built gallery (1980). Prints and paintings belonging to the university were also transferred here and works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Chardin, Reynolds, Pissarro, Sisley and Koninck are on display. The Whistler Collection, one of the Art Gallery's highlights, merits special attention.
Address: University Avenue, Glasgow G12 3QQ, Scotland
Useful tips: Closed for repairs to the roof.
Integrated into the Hunterian Art Gallery is Mackintosh's terraced house in Southpark Avenue where he lived with his wife from 1906 to 1914. On show are the couple's original furniture and the biggest collection of the celebrated Glaswegian's paintings. His versatility in interior design is reflected in the emphasis on color and pattern. The "White Room", for example, is finished in light, discreet tones, while the small bedroom is decorated with blue and white patterns.
The main University of Glasgow building was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott stands at the northern edge of Kelvingrove Park. This seat of learning dates from 1451 and is the second- oldest school of higher education in Scotland. Classes were first held in the cathedral and then in the Old College on High Street, before the present Neo-Gothic buildings were opened in 1871.
University Visitor Centre
Glasgow University can boast some illustrious teachers including James Watt, Adam Smith and the "father of antiseptic surgery", Joseph Lister. A permanent exhibition at the Visitor Centre in University Avenue goes into more detail about the important discoveries made by these three scholars and other famous scientists associated with the university.
Riverside Museum (formerly Kelvin Hall, Museum of Transport)
Exhibits include ship models, locomotives, trams, vintage cars, horse-drawn carriages and a reconstruction of a 1938 Glasgow street.
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