Hunterian Friends

Hunterian Friends

Hunterian Friends enjoy unlimited free access to our special exhibitions and a varied programme of exclusive events led by our Director and curatorial colleagues while supporting the nation's leading university museum and one of Scotland's most important cultural assets.  

The entire collection cared for by The Hunterian was the first to be Recognised as a Collection of National Significance to Scotland. 

Built on William Hunter’s founding bequest, the collections include scientific instruments used by James Watt, Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin; outstanding Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall; major natural sciences holdings; one of the world’s greatest numismatic collections; impressive ethnographic objects from the Pacific Ocean; a major collection of Scottish art; and one of the UK’s top six graphic art collections.

Friends EventThe 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.

Hunterian Friends give vital support and make a direct contribution towards new exhibitions and galleries, our education and conservation work, and to new acquisitions.

 Director's Choice Member's EventHunterian Friends will receive a number of exclusive benefits:

  • Free and unlimited admission to all charged Hunterian special exhibitions
  • Free admission to The Mackintosh House
  • Programme of exclusive Members events led by Hunterian curators
  • Invitation to special viewings of new exhibitions, led by curators
  • 15% discount in our shops
  • Regular communication on Hunterian activities
  • Opportunities to participate behind the scenes in collection related activity
  • Lectures by curators and visiting professionals

‌‌‌Annual Membership

Individual £25.00
Dual £40.00
Student £10.00
University of Glasgow Staff / Alumni £20.00

Download Friends Membership Application Form  

Hunterian Friends Events

Hunterian Friends Events

Ingenious Impressions

Thursday 5 March 2015
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Hunterian Art Gallery
Tickets: £15.00 per Friend

Exhibition curator Julie Gardham from the University of Glasgow Library will introduce Friends to this stunning new exhibition that charts the development of the early printed book in Europe. The University holds one of the UK’s most important collections of early printed books or incunabula and more than half comes from the collection of Hunterian founder Dr William Hunter.

To book, download and return our Ingenious Impressions Booking Form.


Please note, the closing date for bookings is Thursday 26 February 2015.

Explore Egypt

Thursday 9 April 2015
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Hunterian Museum
Tickets: £15.00 per Friend

Friends are invited to join Hunterian curator Dr Sally-Anne Coupar and Scotland’s leading Egyptologist Dr Angela McDonald to explore The Hunterian’s fascinating Egyptian collections, including objects from some of the most important excavations of the 20th century. This event is supported by Glengoyne Distillery and Friends will have the opportunity to taste some of their excellent malts in a Whisky and Chocolate matching.

To book, download and return our Explore Egypt Booking Form.


Please note, the closing date for bookings is Thursday 2 April 2015.

Lyon & Turnbull Lecture and Lunch

Friday 8 May 2015 
The Lighthouse, Glasgow
Tickets: 10 complimentary tickets available

Our sponsors Lyon & Turnbull invite Friends to a lecture by expert Colin Fraser, followed by lunch and an exclusive preview of highlights from their Inaugural Jacobean Auction, showcasing the art and relics of the Jacobites, their supporters and adversaries. Coffee on arrival, pre-lunch drinks at 12.15pm and lunch at 1.00pm.

To book, download and return our Lyon & Turnbull Lecture & Lunch Booking Form .


Please note, the closing date for bookings is Friday 1 May 2015.

Curator’s Insight: Duncan Shanks Sketchbooks

Monday 11 May 2015
2.00pm – 4.00pm
Hunterian Art Gallery
Tickets: £20.00 per Friend - limited to 10 people

Leading Scottish landscape painter, Duncan Shanks, recently made a major gift to The Hunterian of his entire output of sketchbooks from the past 45 years. This important addition to our collection has been catalogued, photographed and conserved and a selection forms the special focus display Duncan Shanks Sketchbooks. At this intimate event, Hunterian curator Anne Dulau Beveridge will give Friends a personal tour of the display, offering expert insight.

To book, download and return our Duncan Shanks Booking Form.


Please note, the closing date for bookings is Monday 4 May 2015.

Previous Hunterian Friends Events can be found here.