THE MACKINTOSH HOUSE
The Hunterian houses one of the most important collections of the work of Scottish architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) and his wife, the artist Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (1864-1933). The highlight of this collection is the Mackintosh House, Mackintosh’s only surviving domestic interior in his native Glasgow and one of its most popular attractions.
The Mackintosh House is a meticulous reassemblage of the principal interiors from the Mackintoshes’ Glasgow home. The couple lived at 78 Southpark Avenue (originally 6 Florentine Terrace) from 1906 to 1914. Substantial alterations were made in 1906 as Mackintosh remodelled the proportions and natural lighting of the Victorian end-of-terrace house. The principal interiors were decorated in his distinctive style, remarkable then, and now, for the disciplined austerity of the furnishings and decoration.
The house was demolished in the early 1960s but the original fixtures were preserved and reassembled, complete with the contents, as an integral part of the Hunterian Art Gallery. The architects took pains to ensure that the sequence of rooms exactly reflected the original. Virtually the same views and effects of natural light are enjoyed as 78 Southpark Avenue stood only some 100 metres away. Other areas of the original house - cloakroom, kitchen, bathroom, and secondary bedrooms - have not been incorporated.
The interiors, completed in 1981, have been furnished with the Mackintoshes' own furniture - all to Mackintosh's design - and decorated as closely as possible to the original. The selection of bric à brac, fitted carpets, curtains and other soft furnishings was based on contemporary descriptions of the house and photographs of Mackintosh interiors of the period.
Located immediately outside the entrance to the Mackintosh House is the new Mackintosh House Introduction Gallery which tells the fascinating story of the Mackintosh House and collection. Through comprehensive interpretation using text panels, video and comparative illustrations, visitors will learn more about the Mackintosh House’s significance and complex history.
- Open 10am–5pm Tue–Sun. Closed Mon.
- There is an admission charge for the Mackintosh House (£8/£6 concession).
- Admission is self-guided.
- Last admission 4.15pm.
- For conservation reasons, a maximum of 12 visitors are allowed in the Mackintosh House at any one time.
- For security reasons we do not allow bags of any kind (including handbags) in the Mackintosh House. Bags can be stored in the lockers on the basement level.
- Visitors should be aware that CCTV is in operation.
- Because of the nature of the Mackintosh House, access for wheelchair users, or people with mobility impairments, is currently limited to the orientation room, hall and dining room.
AccessAble guide to the Hunterian Art Gallery and Mackintosh House.
FIND OUT MORE
- The Hunterian Mackintosh Collection
- Watch our Mackintosh House Film
- Take a Virtual Tour of the Mackintosh House
- More information about the Mackintosh House, including archival photographs, architectural drawings and other documents, can be found on our Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning website.