Burrell Collection welcomes 500,000 visitors in nine months since reopening

A “cherished” museum has celebrated welcoming 500,000 visitors since it reopened nine months ago following a major refurbishment.

The Burrell Collection, situated in Glasgow’s Pollok Park, closed to the public in October 2016 and reopened on March 29 last year following a £68.25 million project that increased its gallery space by 35%.

The collection, which includes art, stained glass, ceramics and tapestries, was amassed by Sir William Burrell and donated to Glasgow by the shipping magnate and his wife in 1944.

It is estimated that in the six months to October, the museum created a £19.9 million economic benefit for Glasgow, and £21.1 million for Scotland, Glasgow Life said.

Annette Christie, chairwoman of Glasgow Life, which runs the museum, said: “To have welcomed 500,000 people to the Burrell since reopening in March is a wonderful endorsement for the ambitious refurbishment of this cherished, world-class museum.