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Whitworth Art Gallery

University of Manchester | Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, England (Chorlton)
+44 161 275 7450
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Ranked #42 of 126 Attractions in Manchester
Type: Art Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Whitworth Art Gallery is part of the University of Manchester. It is home to some of the UK's finest collections of art and design including... more » Owner description: The Whitworth Art Gallery is part of the University of Manchester. It is home to some of the UK's finest collections of art and design including modern and historic fine art, prints, textiles and a rare collection of wallpapers. « less
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Bury, Lancashire
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85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

A lovely gallery and always an interesting place to go to. Super for a visit with children and always excellent exhibitions. Usually there is always something for everyone's taste.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

A great little gallery with a lot of stuff, currently undergoing major extension and rebuilding. Suggest you gO to the website and sign up for email notification of progress and advance warning of the exhibitions and events planed for early next year. Can't wait. Hope too that the excellent cafe is reincarnated in some form or other.

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Congleton
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14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

If you're thinking of going along to the Whitworth, please check to see whether it has reopened as we went today and it's covered in scaffolding and undergoing a major refurbishment which will take another few months. Now don't get me wrong, it is very nice scaffolding - and the man we spoke to was very pleasant - but as... More

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Oxford, England
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Not being very familiar with Manchester, I was delighted to find this excellent art gallery (admission free). They were about to close for refurbishment and extension work, but before they did so, had brought out a very impressive selection of works by well known artists eg Rembrandt, Lautrec, Kollowicz, Gaugin, Van Gogh, Durer, Blake, Munch. They usually have works from... More

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Nice old building, with a large modern area overlooking a park, cafe, and free entry. Some quirky exhibitions but a lovely set of Turner watercolours. About to be closed until 2014 for building work.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

With twenty-four hours to spend in Manchester, the Whitworth Art Gallery was high on my list of places to visit. The main reason was that I wanted to see the Turner watercolours in the Revolutionary Light, and they were spellbinding. Also impressive were Durer's incredibly detailed engravings and woodcuts in the Continental Drift exhibition. The gallery is totally free has... More

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Manchester
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79 reviews 79 reviews
21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

It was a privilege to visit the gallery shortly before its massive refurbishment. The attraction was the three artists grouped under a common theme of 'Revolutionary Light'. William Blake's work on display was compelling. Intense and decidedly 'dark', every individual piece merits many minutes of your attention. As a complete contrast, you can understand the presence of TMW Turner's collection... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Lovely Art Gallery with a super cafe and nice shop. I liked the diary exhibition. Super to see real Picasso and Toulouse Lautrec work on display!

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Spent a couple of hours here, could easily have spent longer. An impressive collection of art from different genres and eras, local interest and a clever exhibition which was fun and thought-provoking. The turn of the (19th) century slide show was fascinating, and the video diary of Charles Dickens' odyssey from London to Dover was crazy, fun and definitely unique!... More

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chechengsao
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We went to see some of the masterworks of art known to be in the Art Gallery, such as a Matisse, a Picasso, a Renoir, and one or two other equally well-known works of art, but not a single one of them was on show ! Our afternoon was wasted. A few days later I phoned the Gallery to find... More

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