The Burrell Collection

Submitted by Bulmer Hobson on Mon, 2009-06-22

In the heart of Pollok Country Park, this award-winning building houses a unique collection in a beautiful woodland setting.

Our displays range from work by major artists including Rodin, Degas and Cézanne, to important examples of late medieval art, Chinese and Islamic art, Ancient Civilizations and more.

Visit The Burrell to see an astonishing range of beautiful objects from around the world.

The building

A design competition for the museum building in 1971 was delayed by a postal strike, allowing time for the eventual winning architect Barry Gasson to complete his entry, designed in collaboration with Brit Andresen.

The building is L-shaped in plan and is specifically tailored to house and display the diverse collection, with larger pieces such as Romanesque doorways built into the structure, at the same time giving views out into the park over formal grassed areas to the south, and into adjacent woodland to the north.

The entrance, through a 16th century stone archway built into a modern red sandstone gable, leads to a shop and other facilities, then on to a central courtyard under a glazed roof, adjacent to the reconstructions of three rooms from the Burrell’s home, Hutton Castle near Berwick-on-Tweed: the wood panelled drawing room, hall, and dining room complete with their furnishings. Galleries on two levels house various smaller artefacts, over a basement storage level, and at the lower level a restaurant gives views over the lawn to the south.

The museum was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1983, and was named as Scotland’s second greatest post-war building (after Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s St. Peter’s Seminary) in a poll of architects by Prospect magazine in 2005.

The collection

The Burrell contains an important collection of medieval art including stained glass and tapestries, oak furniture, medieval weapons and armour, Islamic art, artefacts from ancient Egypt and China, Impressionist works by Degas and Cézanne, modern sculpture and a whole host of other artefacts from around the world, all collected by one man.

The collection is named after its donor, the shipping magnate Sir William Burrell. It’s one of the greatest collections ever created by one person, comprising over 8000 objects.

The Burrell regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, and runs an extensive programme of events and activities for both adults and families with children.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday 10am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 5pm

Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm


Telephone: (0141) 287 2550, Text Phone: 0141 287 0047
Fax: 0141 287 2597
Email: muse…


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