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 Pollock 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.  

Burrell at Bonhams

There are currently 45 objects and paintings on loan to Bonhams in London for an exhibition over the festive season. 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 currently on display. 

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

The objects are due to return from Bonhams in late January and we expect to have them back on display shortly after that. We will provide more information on this as soon as it is available. 

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

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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