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I've lost count of the number of times I've enjoyed a visit to the Burrell Collection. I love that it's so close to the noisy bustling city of Glasgow, yet in a peaceful and leafy rural setting. The quality of the exhibitions, fine art and displays is world-class and changes with some regularity featuring well-known names in the art world such as Manet and Rodin.
It is free to enter the Burrell Collection Museum, but donations are gently encouraged and help to keep the place going. There is also a small gift shop at the entrance which I always enjoy browsing. It is stocked with wee knick-knacks that make useful and cheap souvenirs for the children to take home, and also with more expensive items that often find their way into museum gift shops.
Perhaps surprisingly for a museum, the food at the cafe is of a very high standard. Both the museum and the cafe make an excellent place to go for a relaxing, enjoyable and informative afternoon and it's easy to find with plenty of places to park. Using the website www.travelinescotland.com it's possible to plan a visit using public transport, which is quite easy from Glasgow city centre.
The Burrell Collection is well worth a visit for numerous reasons. Firstly it's very easy to get to. We took a train from Central Station and hopped off at Pollockshaws West. It's then a short walk from the train station along the road into Pollock Park. We made a whole afternoon of it - taking our bikes so we could explore the park, which is really lovely. It's a 15 min (approx) walk from the park gates to the actual collection. The path isn't especially well sign-posted but you can't got far wrong and there are always people around to ask.
The Collection itself is housed in the most extraordinary building. I believe it is the product of a design competition and the panel picked a winner which has lots of natural light inside, with picture windows, skylights and cloisters. There is a really nice cafe inside selling good soup as well as the usual teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes. There is a gift shop which stocks the usual museum merchandise as well as some bits and pieces themed to various exhibitions. However, it's not huge and the items can be a little expensive.
The collection of artworks themselves are amazing. There are items from all over the world and from all different ages. Each has an informative card beside it. There is a nice "flow" when walking through the museum, which must have been tricky to get right as the exhibits are so diverse. I also noticed that there were specific events for children - while we were there several families were enjoying a story-telling session which incorporated some of the middle-eastern rugs on display.
Overall, this is a lovely day out. There is plenty to see and do - the park also has gorgeous gardens and a large country house to visit. And best of all, it's free! The only thing you need to pay for is a cuppa!
Sir William Burrell and his wife donated their collection of over 9,000 works of art to the city of Glasgow in 1944. Comprising a selection of works from an array of periods and artists the collection includes medieval art, tapestries, alabasters, stained glass and English oak furniture.