What's New


Museums in Glasgow

Hunterian Art Gallery


82 Hillhead Street, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Tel: 0141 330 5431
Fax: 0141 330 3618





In 1783 William Hunter bequeathed his substantial and varied collections to the University of Glasgow. Hunter also bequeathed ��8000 for the construction of a suitable museum. Designed by William Stark, the building, classical in style with a dome on top, was erected in the gardens of the College behind the High Street and the museum was opened to the public in 1807.


In 1870 the Hunterian collections were transferred to the present site within Sir George Gilbert Scott's neo-Gothic building. At first the entire collection was housed together, and displayed in the packed conditions common in museums of that time. The art collections are housed in the Hunterian Art Gallery and include the Whistler Collection. This collection contains a particularly large number of Whistler��s works as well as furniture, silver and ceramics, an extensive holding of the artist��s materials and a varied group of personal effects. These include about twenty examples of Japanese ceramics as well as woodblock prints and a mid-nineteenth century screen.




Map of Japanese Art Collections in the UK


Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum


Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG
0141 287 2699





The International Exhibition of 1888 was held in Kelvingrove Park and the profits helped fund the new Art Gallery, Museum and School of Art.

The main building of the Exhibition stood more or less on the site now occupied by the Art Gallery and Museum. The Association for the Encouragement of Art and Music in the City of Glasgow then raised additional funds through public subscription and in 1891 launched an open architectural competition for the new building which opened in 1901.


The earliest object acquired by Glasgow Museums was a Japanese sword presented by a Mr Young in 1870. In 1878 the Japanese government gave to the City of Glasgow a remarkable collection of over 1,000 contemporary art works including architectural pieces, furniture, wood and lacquerware, musical instruments, ceramics, metalwork, textiles and costume and paper samples. This gift was part of an exchange that promoted cultural understanding and awareness between Glasgow and Japan.


The collection today holds over 2,000 Japanese objects and the founding collections have been expanded upon to include Ukiyoe woodblock prints.



Map of Japanese Art Collections in the UK


Burrell Collection


Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT

Tel: 0141 287 2550
Fax: 0141 287 2597






In 1944 Sir William Burrell and his wife, Constance, Lady Burrell, gifted his collection of over 9,000 works of art to the City of Glasgow, the city acquired one of the greatest collections created by one person. William Burrell had been an art collector since his teens, and the collection is made up of works of all periods and from all over the world. The collection includes medieval art, tapestries, alabasters, stained glass and English oak furniture, European paintings, including works by Degas and Cezanne, an important collection of Islamic art, and modern sculpture including works by Epstein and Rodin. There are also collections of objects from China, Egypt, Greece and Rome.


Sir William wanted the collection to be housed in a building 16 miles from the centre of the Glasgow to show the works of art to their greatest advantage and to avoid the damaging effects of air pollution. No suitable site had been identified by Sir William��s death in 1958, but Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald and her family gifted Pollok House and 360 acres of Pollok Estate to the City of Glasgow in 1967. The Burrell was purpose built and opened to the public in 1983. The Burrell Collection houses a large collection of excellent Ukiyoe woodblock prints and the Curator of Chinese and Oriental Civilisations (responsible for Glasgow��s Japanese art collections) is based at the Burrell Collection.



Map of Japanese Art Collections in the UK


  UK Based Japanese Organisations

  Japan Related Organisations
  Japan Information