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In the heart of medieval Glasgow, the award-winning St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art was the first museum in the world dedicated to all the major world religions. It’s named after Glasgow’s patron saint, who brought the Christian faith to Scotland in the 6th century.
The museum’s a haven of tranquility in the city. Its galleries are filled with works of art and artifacts which explore the importance of religion in people’s lives, across the world and across time. Here you’ll find a magnificent Islamic prayer rug made in Turkey in the 1600s, a carved Nigerian figure intended to represent the spirit of smallpox to assist in healing, as well as stunning stained glass windows.
The imposing building in which it’s housed was built in the Scottish baronial style, surprisingly as recently as 1989, and was intended to reflect the architecture of the original Bishops’ Castle, the site which the museum occupies.
The museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions and a variety of events, from family-friendly activities to talks relating to religion in Scotland today. There’s a shop and you can relax in the museum café, which opens out into the first Zen garden in Britain.