Glasgow’s Burrell Collection reopened to the public on Tuesday, March 29 after a six-year refurbishment costing £68.25 million.

The award-winning Burrell building, within Pollock Country Park, is home to the greatest global art collections ever amassed by one person. The collection includes tapestries, sculptures, paintings and rare Chinese artifacts assembled by Sir William Burrell (1861–1958) who was a shipping magnate, born and raised in Glasgow, and one of the world’s great art collectors.

The £68.25 million refurbishment of the A-listed Burrell Collection building was funded by Glasgow City Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Scottish Government and the British Government.

Increases in gallery space have allowed objects from the Collection that haven’t been seen in decades, or have never been on permanent display, to now be displayed over the three floors.

Building improvements have been made to make it more environmentally friendly, more accessible, and easier for visitors to navigate. The redevelopment has also attempted to integrate the museum with the natural surroundings of Pollok Country Park, Glasgow’s largest park.

The project includes a new focus on community, such as acknowledging the collection’s links to slavery, examining objects’ connections to LGBT history, and developing a redisplay with input from 15,000 participants.

The Burrell Collection, which boasts 9,000 objects dating back six millennia, connects 21st-century viewers to ancient artefacts through digital innovation.

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Some of the highlights are the largest collection of Chinese art in the country, medieval treasures such as stained glass and armor, over 200 tapestries that rank among the best in the world, and paintings by renowned French artists such as Manet, Cezanne, and Degas, and a recently acquired important sculpture by Camille Claudel.

Sir William Burrell and his wife Constance donated over 8,000 artworks to their home city, Glasgow, in 1944. It has been described as “one of the greatest gifts ever made to any city in the world”.

In accordance with the Burrells’ wishes, it was to be housed in a country setting where people could enjoy the art. With the opening of Pollok Country Park in 1983, the Burrell Collection found a home after years of searching for a suitable location, and opened to critical and public acclaim.

After being closed for the last 6 years, and with Scotland itself coming out of the latest restrictions brought on by the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the Burrell Collection now occupies a prominent place in the city’s recovery.

Where: The Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Rd, Bellahouston, Glasgow G43 1AT
Website: www.burrellcollection.com


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