About the Burrell Collection

About the Burrell Collection


About the Burrell Collection

The Burrell Collection is one of the greatest art collections in the world, consisting of more than 9,000 antiquities, objects, tapestries and paintings.

This incredible collection was created by Sir William Burrell over 80 years.  Sir William was a sophisticated collector who meticulously sought out fine craftsmanship in the objects he acquired.  In 1944 Sir William and his wife, Constance gifted the collection to the city of Glasgow to be enjoyed and admired by all.  

The Collection is housed in an award winning museum in the heart of Pollok Country Park, surrounded by a beautiful woodland setting.  

The areas covered by the collection are outstanding representative samples of their kind and the quiet setting  allows visitors to explore everything from stain-glass panels, arms and armour, architectural features from buildings around the world, gothic art, chinese ceramics, sculpture, furniture, tapestries, medieval art and over 300 paintings from some of the worlds most well known painters; Degas, Manet, Rembrant, Maris brothers and Joseph Crawhall.  

The Burrell regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, and runs an extensive programme of events and activities for both adults and families with children.​​​

Burrell at Bonhams

The exhibition at Bonhams has just closed, having been a resounding success. There were 45 objects and paintings from the collection on loan to the London auction house for the exhibition, which ran for a month over the festive season. 

We expect all of the paintings and objects to be back by late January and to have them on display again shortly after that. We will provide more information on this as soon as it is available. 

In the meantime, if you are planning to visit to see a particular piece in the collection, please contact the museum in advance to check if it is on display

You can call on 0141 287 2550 or email museums@glasgowlife.org.uk. 

Welcome Video

For visitors who use British Sign Language or International Sign Language our videos below provide welcome information to the museum. These videos will give you introductory information for the museum including details on our collection and how you can get involved with events at this museum.




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Burrell at Bonhams
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