Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Situated within the University of Glasgow, this institution holds the distinction of being Scotland's oldest public museum. Its establishment dates back to 1807 when Dr. William Hunter, a prominent physician, anatomist, and leading obstetrician of his era, bequeathed funds for its creation in his will. Dr. Hunter's diverse interests extended to book and coin collecting, and upon his passing, he generously donated his extensive collections to the museum.

The museum boasts a vast collection comprising more than a million items. Notable highlights include Roman artifacts originating from the Antonine Wall, artifacts from Captain Cook's Voyages of Discovery, meteorites, and scientific instruments once owned by renowned figures like Lord Kelvin and James Watt. An entire section is dedicated to the study of early humanity, featuring several mummies and dinosaur fossils.

The exhibit titled "A Healing Passion" delves into the history of medicine in Glasgow and showcases anatomical instruments from Dr. Hunter's teaching collection. His coin collection is renowned as one of the most comprehensive worldwide, as he acquired various collections from fellow enthusiasts, including Horace Walpole and Thomas Crofts. Interestingly, even King George III contributed an Athenian gold coin to the collection.

The museum offers numerous interactive displays, making it an engaging educational experience suitable for both children and adults. Additionally, the library houses an impressive collection of over 600 manuscripts and more than 1000 books, with the oldest manuscript being "Homilies of Saint Basil," penned in the year 859.

Why You Should Visit:
Eclectic but well presented, with room to accommodate a lot of people without feeling crowded. The dramatic setting and design of the interior are breathtaking.

Tip:
Allow a good amount of time – there is a lot to see and the area is good for a stroll. Try and go on a sunny day to get the best pictures.

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