Not Just Another Glasgow Museum

Yet another Victorian connoisseur of the curious, Sir William Burrell managed to put together a collection of curios that has been dazzling and delighting the Scottish public and tourists alike for well over a century. Sir William Burrell certainly knew his stuff – he managed to acquire much-coveted artifacts from all corners of the globe, such as relics of the Bronze Age, ancient Chinese dynasties as well as Medieval suits of knights’ armour.

The problem with having an enormously eclectic collection of this magnitude was that Burrell, already an expert of formidable knowledge in history, donated the entire collection to Glasgow before his death without supplying any information of the origin of the objects at all. However, a team of top-university experts managed to deduce and trace the origins of each of the pieces, filling the vacuum of knowledge and providing the information that is shown on each of the pieces’ display cards. Some of the luxury hotels Glasgow has to offer even off tour packages to this wonderful museum.

So, whether it’s Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece or Rome, the Gothic era, classic Western art, ancient Chinese art and pretty much anything of historical or cultural significance from around the world you could think of, the Burrell Collection Glasgow has something for you. My personal favourite exhibit is the collection of Medieval suits of knights’ armour and weapons; they are all polished and restored up to the highest of standards and some of them appear to be just as deadly as I imagine they would probably have looked back in the Dark Ages. The Burrell Collection Glasgow even goes so far as to destroy the boundaries erected by traditional museums that lie between their visitors and the exhibits; there is the Montron Arch, an intact Medieval stone archway excavated from the ruins of a French church. Visitors are allowed to walk through the archway, bar touching it, on their way to the restaurant. For other great tourist attractions and museums, please consider a hotel in Edinburgh centre.

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September 12, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Destinations

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