St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art Glasgow, Scottish Religion Building, Location

Glasgow Museum of Religion

Cathedral Square Building, Strathclyde, Scotland design by Ian Begg Architect

post updated 2 December 2023

Design: Ian Begg (latterly né Begg Architects)

Date built: 1988-90

Address: Castle Street / Cathedral Square

St Mungo Museum Glasgow:
St Mungo Museum Glasgow Museum of Religion building
photo © Adrian Welch

Museum of Religion Glasgow

Address: St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, 2 Castle St, Glasgow G4 0RH

Phone: 0141 276 1625

Glasgow Museum of Religion

Restoration project adjacent to St Mungo’s Cathedral by one of Scotland’s key restoration architects, who has made his name refurbishing Scottish Castles.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

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 other notable museums of this kind are the State Museum of the History of Religion in St. Petersburg and the Catharijneconvent in Utrecht.

The museum is located in Cathedral Square, on the lands of Glasgow Cathedral at Castle Street. It was constructed in 1989 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 People’s Palace, Glasgow.

The museum building emulates the Scottish Baronial architectural style used for the former bishop’s castle. This Glasgow museum opened in 1993.

Nearby are the Provand’s Lordship (Glasgow’s oldest house), the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and Glasgow Necropolis.

View of Cathedral:
Cathedral Square by Glasgow Museum of Religion building
photo © Adrian Welch

Glasgow Cathedral Precinct, Townhead – various, 1200
refurbished Page & Park
with Ian White landscape architects, 1987

Provands Lordship, oldest building in the city, close to Glasgow Museum of Religion:
Provands Lordship Glasgow Provands Lordship by Glasgow Museum of Religion building Oldest House Glasgow
photos © Adrian Welch

Ian Begg Talk at the RIAS Big Debate 2001
Vive la difference by Ian Begg

né Begg Architects joined with Morris & Steedman Architects around 2003/04

Architecture in Strathclyde

Page & Park Architects

Glasgow Museum Buildings

Museums in the City – Selection

Glasgow Transport Museum
Glasgow Transport Museum
photo © Adrian Welch

The Burrell Museum
Burrell Museum
photo © Adrian Welch

Historic Buildings in the City – Selection

Glasgow Necropolis – close to the Cathedral & Museum of Religion
Glasgow Necropolis
photo © Adrian Welch

Glasgow Historic Building Designs

Historic Glasgow Property Designs – recent Strathclyde architectural selection below:

Briggait Centre
Renewal Design: Nicoll Russell Studios Architects, Dundee
Briggait Centre

City Chambers, George Square
City Chambers

House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, south west of the city centre
House for an Art Lover

Kelvingrove Gallery, West End
Kelvingrove Gallery

Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street
Glasgow School of Art

Custom House Building Renewal
Glasgow Custom House Development

Historic Gorbals Building
166 Gorbals Street Glasgow community space gallery building

Trades Hall, 85 Glassford Street, G1 1UH
Trades Hall Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch
Trades Hall
Trades Hall is the home of The Trades House of Glasgow, established in 1605 and now a registered charity. This historic property in the heart of the Merchant City has been home to Trades House since 1794.

Britannia Music Hall, 113-117 Trongate, G1 5HD
Britannia Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch
Britannia Music Hall
This is one of the oldest remaining music halls in Britain. It is located above an amusement arcade on Trongate. Built in 1857/58 by and for city builder Archibald Blair whose architects were Thomas Gildard and Robert H. M.


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Website: Museum of Religion Glasgow