The Hunterian is home to one of the finest university collections in the world.

Built on Dr William Hunter’s founding bequest, the collections today include scientific instruments used by James Watt, Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin; outstanding Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall; major natural and life sciences holdings; Hunter’s own extensive anatomical teaching collection; one of the world’s greatest numismatic collections; impressive ethnographic objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages and a major art collection

The Hunterian is also home to the world’s largest permanent display of the work of James McNeill Whistler, the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Mackintosh House, the reassembled interiors from his Glasgow home.

Limited Access to Collections

Limited Access to Collections

The Hunterian’s new storage, study and research facilities at Kelvin Hall are due to open in September 2016. To facilitate this we have a complex programme of assessment and packing for all of our 1.3 million objects and specimens. From September 2015 until 2016 there will be limited access to the collections and support available for researchers for all parts of the collection.

From September 2015 until September 2016 there will be:

1. No access to:

  • Archaeology
  • Ethnography
  • Mineralogy/Petrology
  • Palaeontology
  • Scientific and Medical History
  • University Heritage

2. Limited access to:

  • Zoology

3. Reduced access, depending on staff availability, to:

  • Anatomy
  • Art
  • Entomology
  • Numismatics

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any enquiries regarding collections access during this period please contact The Hunterian’s Head of Collections Management, Malcolm Chapman