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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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There is much to like about this place. A great setting, pride in the staff, a delightfully situated café, elegant building design and clever curtain. The water colour section was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

There is much to like about this place. A great setting, pride in the staff, a delightfully situated café, elegant building design and clever curtain. The water colour section was superb, the Chinese art was obscure even for those who have lived in China and the Avant garde section was great but with minimal explanatory context. The kids hands on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

An excellent art gallery experience - with something for everyone. it was well worth the trip from the hotel - even though the buses weren't running the day we were there. Especially loved the portrait exhibition.

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Hereford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We hadn't planned to visit this gallery but are very glad we did. On the day we went we were able to enjoy an excellent exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art. We also discovered a Lowry we had never seen before -- 'Ancoats Hospital Out Patient Hall.' The building has an intriguingly refurbished interior and is set on the edge of... More 

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Hello Pete, We're really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Whitworth. Hope to see you again soon! Best, Liam Visitor Team Assistant More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Visited here today.walked from Deansgate, a long way, further than I thought. A bit too modern for my liking. I did like the restaurant and the coffee/view though. Very nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We loved our visit to the Whitworth. We have visited museums all over but we're incredibly impressed with the amazing efforts the Whitworth has made to make art accessible to children. We enjoyed building our art hamper with a variety of materials from tissue paper, string, paper, straws, tape, feathers. We took our hamper and picnic blanket and toured through... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

There will be plenty of people singing the praises of the fabulous new Whitworth building. It houses some wonderful and also really dreadful works of art - depending on your preferences but the building itself and the way it flows out into the park is worth a visit even if you have not interest in the collection. The thing I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We enjoyed the gallery as a whole with a very eclectic collection. The M+Sigg Collection of Chinese Art was very well displayed and received. The Bedwyr Williams exhibit was well displayed but a bit pretentious in my opinion. The Magna Carta embroidery was clever but the Johnnie Shand Kydd photographs were rather mundane and more to do with the name... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The redbrick exterior of the Whitworth doesn't prepare you for its newly revamped interior. Although this was my first visit it was easy to see that the spacious rooms with clean modern lines were nothing like the old building. Simple rectangular archways divide one room from the next so that they lead you through the gallery but without being a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Whilst I agree this is embraces modern art I feel the content was rather bizarre and disappointing - if I was given the opportunity to hang any as the exhibits on my wall I would decline apart from one of the the Turners and possibly one other The cafe was not as expected from the description on the website and... More 

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Bolton, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Visited for the first time a little while ago. Is a fantastic building - both old and new halves. Fantastic range of interesting artwork - with ample explanatory notes and friendly gallery assistants. Cafe is brilliant. Reasonably priced coffee and cakes with great views over Whitworth park.

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