St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

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St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is a religious museum in Glasgow. It explores the importance of religion in people's lives across the world and across time. It is located in Cathedral Square. It was built near the site of medieval castle complex of the Archbishops of Glasgow in ersatz-medieval style to blend with the nearby Provands Lordship House. The museum was opened in 1993 thanks to the Society of Friends of Glasgow Cathedral.

As far as the exhibits in the museum are concerned, they are related to all the world’s major religions. The aim of the museum is to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and none. Displays divided into four parts occupy three floors. The areas are the Gallery of Religious Art, the Gallery of Religious Life, the Scottish Gallery and a temporary exhibition space. The ground floor is largely occupied by the vaulted cafe and the museum shop, while behind it is Britain’s first permanent Zen Garden.

In the Gallery of Religious Art there is the world famous painting Christ of St John of The Cross by Salvador Dali or figure of the Hindu god Shiva, Lord of the Dance. The gallery is colourfully illuminated by beautiful stained glass windows showing Christian saints and prophets.

The Gallery of Religious Life explores the world's six main religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Parts of the exhibition are recordings of people talking about their faith. The lives of those taking up religion as a profession are also reflected here, with exhibits ranging from a monk's habit to the garbs of divine rulers.

In the Scottish Gallery visitors can find exhibits that tell the fascinating story of how religion has shaped the culture and beliefs of people in the West of Scotland from earliest times to the present day.
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