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 The Hunterian Museum was built on the grounds of the University of Glasgow which lay then on Glasgow's High Street. Opened to the public in 1807, it is the oldest public museum in Scotland. In 1870 the Museum was transferred, along with the rest of the University, to its present home at Gilmorehill in the western suburbs of the city. The collections have grown enormously since Hunter's time. At first they were all housed together, but gradually sections were dispersed to appropriate University teaching departments.

  In 1980 the art collection was transferred to a purpose-built Art Gallery. The Hunterian Museum is based on the collection of John Hunter (1728-1793), a surgeon and scientist who collected and preserved thousands of biological specimens, mostly in jars of alcohol. These and some additions are now on display in a sparkling new museum on the second and third floors of the main building of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Contact Information

The University of Glasgow,
G12 8QQ

Telephone: 0141 330 4221
Art Gallery: Tel +44 (0) 141 330 5431



Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm
Closed Sundays and public holidays

Additional Information:
Parking: At weekends, free campus parking, is normally available.
Disabled parking within the University campus.

Refreshments: Café Chardin in the Art Gallery, serves speciality teas and coffee and a range of cakes and biscuits. The University Visitors Centre, close to the Museum, also has a Café which offers hot and cold drinks (soft drinks only), together with a range of light snacks, from 09:30 to 17:00 Monday to Saturday.

Shops: Shops are located in the Hunterian Art Gallery and the Visitor Centre close to the museum

By Train - Underground station, Hillhead.
By Bus - Strathclyde Buses, Nos. 44, 59, from the city centre
By Car - The University is signposted locally. Parking within the grounds is permit only. Free parking along Kelvin Way; pay-and- display in University Avenue and adjoining streets; disabled drivers
within University grounds by arrangement.

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