St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
History and museums
The St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is a museum of religion in Glasgow, Scotland. It has been described as the only public museum in the world devoted solely to this subject, although another notable museum of this kind is the State Historical Museum of Religion in St.Petersburg.
The museum, which opened in 1993, is located in Cathedral Square, on the lands of Glasgow Cathedral off High Street. It was constructed on the site of a medieval castle-complex, the former residence of the bishops of Glasgow, parts of which can be seen inside the Cathedral and at the Peoples Palace Museum, Glasgow Green. The museum building emulates a medieval style to blend in with the nearby Provands Lordship House.
The museum houses exhibits relating to all the world's major religions, including a Zen garden and a sculpture showing Islamic calligraphy. It housed Salvador Dalí’s painting Christ of Saint John of the Cross from its opening in 1993 until the reopening of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in 2006.
Nearby are the Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house, the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and the Glasgow Necropolis.