The Burrell Collection is currently closed for renovations
Sir William Burrell decided to give his personal art collection to the people of Glasgow in 1944, 14 years before his death. He believed in 'free education for all' and wanted the people of the city to be able to enjoy viewing his collection at all times. Now the collection is visited by thousands of people from all over the world, not just Glaswegians.
The collection is breath-taking in both the depth and variety of items, people often cannot believe one man was responsible for bringing the collection together. The building housing the collection is set inside Pollock Park, once the home of the Maxwell family who gave the land to the city thus enabling the Burrell Collection to find a permanent home.
As a Scottish tourist guide I am always learning more about the collection and delight in guiding people around talking about all of my favorite things! I have often seen deer peering in through the windows of the long glass gallery too! The building itself is a wonderful design, purpose built to show off the collection at its best. In 2016 it will be temporarily closed for refurbishment so best make a visit soon! I am one of about 40 or so guides who have trained specially in the Burrell Collection and we all love to show groups around and talk about what they want to know.
Glasgow was built by people who care, past British Empire builders and local people who just love the treasures we have been asked to look after. Contact me for a tour either for you and family or friends or groups bookings.