The Burrell Collection in Glasgow reopened to the public on 29 March 2022, after a major refurbishment that lasted nearly 6 years.The A-listed home of The Burrell Collection in Pollok Country Park is now a modern, greener museum that shows more of the Collection to visitors and gives access to over a third more of the building.
Sir William Burrell devoted more than 75 years of his life to amassing, along with his wife, Constance, Lady Burrell, one of the world’s greatest personal art collections, renowned for its quality of Chinese art, exquisite stained glass, intricate tapestries as well as its breadth of fine art.
The donation of the Collection to the city was described at the time as: “One of the greatest gifts ever made to any city in the world.” (Sir Hector Hetherington, Principal of Glasgow University).
Highlights include the Wagner garden carpet which is one of the earliest surviving Persian garden carpets in the world, and has rarely been on public display since The Burrell Collection first opened in 1983. The museum’s refurbishment and redisplay means this priceless carpet will now be on long-term display, accompanied by new and innovative methods of interpretation.
Other favourites include Chinese pottery and porcelain produced over a 5,000-year period, making it one of the most significant collections of Chinese Art in Europe; paintings by renowned French artists including Manet, Cézanne and Degas; Medieval treasures including stained glass, arms and armour, and over 200 tapestries and 150 carpets, which are among the finest in the world.
It is anticipated by the team at Glasgow Museums that The Burrell Collection’s refurbishment will also bring an interest in private evening events for guests keen to enjoy a networking reception, or dinner following a tour of the Collection. Evening event catering is provided by the award winning team from Benugo, who deliver similar events at the V&A and British Museum.
The opening of The Burrell Collection in 1983 was one of the first demonstrations of Glasgow’s commitment to cultural-led regeneration. By harnessing the power of its incredible cultural draw, Glasgow has positioned itself as one of the world’s great cultural and creative cities, making it a must-visit destination for visiitors, event attendees and conference delegates.
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