Collections and connections

We have world-class collections and impressive collaborations in the arts.

a visitor at The Hungarian Art Gallery

The Hunterian, our museum and art gallery, is one of the world’s leading university museums. Its unique collections span the arts and sciences. 

We have the world’s largest permanent display of the work of James McNeill Whistler and the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Apparatus once used by James Watt and Lord Kelvin sit among our exciting scientific treasures. 

Each year, items from our renowned collections are loaned to museums and galleries around the world. Access to our collections for teaching and research will greatly improve through a new partnership with the National Library of Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life. Together we have transformed one of Glasgow’s landmark buildings, the Kelvin Hall, into a centre of excellence for research, heritage, sport and commercial activities.

The move of 1.5 million items from The Hunterian to the Kelvin Hall, and the co-location with other expertise across the museum and heritage sector, creates even more opportunity for innovation, joint research and teaching. 

In 2016 we signed a memorandum of understanding with the Smithsonian, formally cementing a relationship that goes back more than 20 years. Our collaborations with prestigious arts institutions build stronger links for knowledge exchange and greater learning opportunities for all of our communities.