The Hunterian

About this Organisation

Founded in 1807, The Hunterian is Scotland's oldest public museum and one of Scotland’s most important cultural assets.

The Hunterian is home to one of the finest university collections in the world. Built on Dr William Hunter’s founding bequest, the collections today include scientific instruments used by James Watt, Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin; outstanding Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall; major natural and life sciences holdings; Hunter’s own extensive anatomical teaching collection; one of the world’s greatest numismatic collections; impressive ethnographic objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages and a major art collection.

The Hunterian is also home to the world’s largest permanent display of the work of James McNeill Whistler, the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Mackintosh House, the reassembled interiors from his Glasgow home.

The Hunterian has a number of public venues on the University of Glasgow campus and beyond. The Hunterian Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery, Mackintosh House, Hunterian Zoology Museum and Country Surgeon Micro Museum are all located on the main Gilmorehill campus.

The Hunterian Collections Study Centre and Kelvin Hall Showcase display are located at Kelvin Hall and The Hunterian in the South is located on the University's campus in Dumfries.

The Hunterian continues in its Age of Enlightenment mission to be a central resource for research and teaching in the arts, humanities and natural and medical sciences, attracting scholars and visitors from around the world.

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The Hunterian at Kelvin Hall
1445 Argyle Street
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G3 8AW

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Entry last updated: March 20th, 2019

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