The Collection

Ancient Civilizations


Stone sculptures, reliefs and vessels are predominant, but you can also see exquisite works in bronze, glass and faience.  Exhibits date from the Archaic Period (about 3,000 BCE) to the Ptolemaic Period (332-30 BCE).

Greece & Rome

The art of the ancient world is well represented - the vases, sculptures and jewellery are particularly fine.  A small selection of Etruscan and Assyrian items and some Luristan bronzes are also on display.


You will find examples of important paintings from Sir William Burrell's Collection.  These generally include works by the French 19th century artists Degas, Cezanne and Boudin.


The famous Warwick Vase, dating from the 2nd century AD and found in the ruins of the Emperor Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, dominates the central courtyard.  In this area, too, you can see bronze sculptures by the French artist Auguste Rodin.

Hutton Rooms

The Drawing Room, Dining Room and Hall which surround the Courtyard are accurate re-constructions of rooms from Sir William Burrell's last home, Hutton Castle.  Items from the collection were used to furnish and decorate these rooms in the gothic style.



Ceramics include Neolithic burial urns, T'ang Dynasty earthenware figures and a broad selection of delicate porcelain items, together with bronze ritual vessels, carved jades and some deceptively modern-looking antique Chinese furniture.


A stunning collection of religious art from medieval times.  Wood and stone sculptures, precious metalwork and fine ivories complement wooden church furnishings and historic architectural details.


An important collection of carpets and rugs from the Muslim world as well as early Islamic ceramics and metalwork.  The artefacts come from the areas stretching from modern Turkey to India and date from the 9th to the 19th centuries.

16th & 17th Century Room

A luxurious display of paintings together with associated embroidered furnishings and textiles in a period setting.

Arms and Armour

The Collection includes high-quality European armour and weapons dating from the 13th to the 17th century.

Tapestry Gallery

One of the glories of the Collection, a selection of tapestries - large and small - are displayed in four consecutive galleries, together with furniture of the period.

Small Textiles

Selected items from Sir William Burrell's collection of embroidered textiles and lace can be seen in the small internal gallery.  Light levels are kept low to protect the vulnerable materials.

The Montron Arch  

This late 12th century stone portal is from a ruined church in Montron, France.

Stained Glass

A display of some of the best stained and painted glass from the Collection lines the corridor route leading directly from the entrance area to the Restaurant.  More stained glass can be seen in a small internal room leading off the largest tapestry gallery.

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