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The Hunterian Museum

About The Hunterian Museum

The original Hunterian Museum circa 1830When William Hunter died in 1783, he left a bequest to the University which led in 1807 to the founding of the Hunterian Museum, which was Scotland's first public museum.

The major permanent exhibition covers the history of the 4,500 million years of the development of life on earth, but the centrepiece of the museum is the 'Roman Scotland, Outpost of an Empire' exhibition that charts the history of the Romans in Scotland. The galleries contain many artefacts from the region, including many distance slabs from the Antonine WallDistance slab from the Antonine Wall, Roman coins, altars and many other fascinating exhibits that show how Scotland fared under the Romans. Further north of Hadrian's Wall, there was another wall which became known as the Antonine Wall, the frontier in Scotland during the 2nd century AD. This is the focal point of the exhibits and shows how life in Scotland was for both the civilian population and the military. There was a constant state of unease between the Romans and the Caledonian tribes that inhabited the northern territory of Britain, and the museum shows the trials and warfare that took place between the two races.

Glasgow The Hunterian Museum Main HallRoman coinsThere is a major new gallery that is devoted to the coinage and currency of Europe (including the Romans) from Ancient Greece to the modern day European Community. Many rarities are displayed including a miniature portrait gallery of the Roman emperors on gold aurei.


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  • Paid parking nearby
  • Wheelchair access; lift

  • Gift shop in museum
  • Visitor centre
  • Coach parties welcome

Opening times

All year (Monday - Saturday)
Closed Public Holidays

9.30am - 5.00pm

Admission prices

All year

The prices quoted on this page are correct : December 2002

Contact details

Hunterian Museum
The University
G12 8QQ

Tel :041 330 4221

Fax : 041 330 3617

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