Museum of art and religious life reopens for the first time since before the pandemic

A “unique” museum of religious life has reopened for the first time since before the pandemic.

t The Mungo Museum of Religious Art and Life in Glasgow explores the importance of religion in the lives of people around the world and across time.

The museum, named after Glasgow’s patron saint, closed in March 2020 as the country closed but reopened on Thursday.

It is recognized for its role in promoting understanding and respect between followers of different faiths and non-believers.

Duncan Dornan, head of museums and collections at Glasgow Life Museums, which manages the museum, said: “Since St Mungo’s Museum opened in 1993, we have been working with the community. local communities to create imaginative displays, groundbreaking educational programs, interfaith dialogue, and exciting thematic exhibitions.

“With that, this has built up the museum’s popularity and reputation as a neutral and safe space to encourage dialogue and understanding, often on challenging topics.

“It is great news that we are open and ready to welcome the public back to St Mungo’s.”

The museum is designed over three floors with exhibits covering different aspects of religious life, beliefs and practices.


Friends of different faith groups on the reopening of St Mungo’s Museum (handout/PA)

Treasure pieces include a bronze sculpture of Shiva, one of Hinduism’s most important deities; a stained glass depicting Moses, Elijah, David, and Enoch; and exhibit New Scots in the Scottish Gallery, which explores the life and objects associated with the refugees and asylum seekers who made Glasgow their home.

There is also a work by war artist Peter Howson commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and outside, what is believed to be Britain’s first Zen Garden.

The museum also explores violence, racism and sectarianism along with human rights issues, such as those related to sex, education, torture, the law, refugees and freedom go.

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Phillip Mendelsohn, president of Interfaith Glasgow, said: “Interfaith Glasgow is delighted that the St. Mungo is reopened, as it is an important resource for Glasgow’s faith communities and the wider community.

“As a city filled with refugees and asylum seekers, sharing the stories of many faiths within the City is crucial in building community cohesion.

“The importance of St Mungo’s extends far beyond the city as it is one of the few museums of comparative religion in the world and the only one in the UK.

“We look forward to renewing our working partnership with the amazing team at the museum and especially to be able to deliver our famous Faith To Faith events live once again.”

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Fridays and Sundays, when it opens at 11 a.m.

– The Exhibition of Heavenly Creatures – Angels in Belief, History and Pop Culture will be open, although shops and cafes will remain closed for now. Museum of art and religious life reopens for the first time since before the pandemic

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