THE Burrell Collection in Glasgow was visited almost 125,000 times in the 50 days since it reopened on Tuesday 29 March following its major refurbishment.
The museum in Pollok Country Park has already welcomed nearly as many people as it did in the full year of 2016 before it closed for a multi-million pound makeover.
The busiest single day so far was Good Friday, when nearly 5,000 visits were recorded.
Sir William Burrell spent more than 75 years amassing one of the world’s greatest personal art collections.
The donation of the collection to the city was described at the time as: “One of the greatest gifts ever made to any city in the world.” (Sir Hector Hetherington, Principal of Glasgow University).
Highlights include Chinese pottery made over a 5,000-year period; paintings by renowned French artists; Medieval treasures including stained glass, weapons and armour, and more than 200 tapestries and 150 carpets,
The museum’s gallery space has increased by 35 per cent, allowing important and unique objects which have not been seen for decades, or have never been on permanent display, to go on show.
In total, 225 displays are spread across 24 galleries.
A new central stairway allows visitors access to the lower floor of The Burrell Collection for the first time, where they can watch items not on display being cared for.
The Burrell Collection’s refurbishment is also bringing new visitors to Glasgow’s south side and to Pollok Country Park to enjoy a full day out.
Pollok Country Park is Glasgow’s largest green space, with beautiful gardens, woodside walks and play areas.