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Whitworth Art Gallery

Neighborhood: Chorlton
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Address: University of Manchester | Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, England
Phone Number: +44 161 275 7450
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: The Whitworth Art Gallery is part of the University of Manchester. It is...
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.
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We visited the gallery as a university a few weeks back.. They looked after U.S. All very well and I really enjoyed the day which had been very well planned by both our uni and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Loved the Watercolurs (Turner, Blake et al), Cai Guo-Qiang's extraordinary pyrotechnics and Cornelia Parker's varied exhibits. It's such a glorious space and the renovations are a huge success I'd say. Can't comment on the cafe but the galleries themselves are great. Another feather in Manchester's cap.

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scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The gallery had been refurbished and had only recently reopened. The paintings were hung in an unfussy way which made them simpler to study. Modern cafe for a snack or coffee. Interesting sculptures outside.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We visited the gallery as a university a few weeks back.. They looked after U.S. All very well and I really enjoyed the day which had been very well planned by both our uni and the gallery staff.. The cornelia Parker exhibition was very interesting with the exploded items of a shed and the flattened brass instruments etc... I would... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I am giving the gallery 3 starts despite the appalling cafe that I have reviewed separately. But the gallery management would be wise to look at the cafe as I notice that many gallery reviewers are giving poor rating based on this. It is after all part of the whole day out experience. The art is fantastic, particularly the Cornelia... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This was my first visit and I was lucky enough to see the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition. This is the man who was behind the fireworks displays at the Beijing Olympics. His work covers the walls of a room with a pool built into the floor. It is beautiful and the video showing how the work was achieved as well as... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Like many others, we were so looking forward to visiting the refurbished gallery and in many ways we enjoyed our visit. The Cornelia Parker and Cai Guo-Qiang exhibits were great-beautifully presented, and after London it is such a pleasure to go to a gallery where you do not have to fight your way through crowds to see anything. The feel... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The Whitworth has had £15M spent on it to redevelop it. The galleries are well laid out with very enthusiastic museum staff. There is a wide range of Modern art to see including a Francis Bacon portrait of Lucian Freud . There is also good parking very close.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Very disappointed for the following reasons: Ate outside at Starbucks as cafe was too small with huge queue, then came back in. Bad planning of exhibits. Wasted use of new space. Beautiful but hard-to-see watercolours crammed onto walls with reference cards to guess the artist/title etc. Some huge, new gallery spaces unnecessarily taken up by modern art, lots of wasted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Wow. Such a wonderful improvement. Beautiful works to view. It seems the restaurant always has a queue. Shame. Perhaps they could open up another coffee shop as the place seems so popular. Such a vibrant place. Really would recommend

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Upton upon Severn, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

This was my first visit to the gallery. I was attracted by the Cornelia Parker Exhibition. This was marvellous. The galleries are well lit and look out to the parkland beyond. I was agreeably surprised by the other displays in the gallery. Fantastic for all lovers of contemporary art. The Restaurant was great for lunch too.

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