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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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A grand day out!

The new gallery is well worth a visit with light open spaces looking onto the park. I was there for the 60s textile exhibition and lecture in the archive down stairs. The textile... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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New Longton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Great gallery for the unititiated and expert alike. Wonderful array of watercolours, Turner etc, plus currently an amazing Chinese art expo M+ Zigg. Go see before it moves to Hong Kong. Staff here are very knowledgeable, approachable and enthusiastic. Some lovely foodie items in the marvellous new cafeteria. Looking forward to going again soon

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Augusta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Excellent watercolor exhibit, mostly JMW Turners, but the permanent collection is fair. We were hoping for more, but we saw nothing to recommend. There is also a Chnese exhibit that is making its only UK stop here, and there were aspects of that exhibit that we found intriguing but not much more. There is no fee for entry to this... More 

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Manchester, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited the gallery on a scouting mission to check it out before taking our two granddaughters for a day out there in August. We came away disappointed at the lack of exhibts and astonished that so much money had been spent on the renovations to so little effect. Even the cafe was poor with a superior... More 

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Leiria, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed visiting the Whitworth. It is a nice art gallery in a small nice park. The building is simple and efficient and the different rooms roll out beautiful art pieces. Great colection and great temporary exhibitions. If I lived close by I would visit every month.

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Lancashire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The new gallery is well worth a visit with light open spaces looking onto the park. I was there for the 60s textile exhibition and lecture in the archive down stairs. The textile archive is second to none and equals that of the V&A.Lancashire was once the hub of the cotton textile manufacturing industry and the gallery certainly has some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We visited the newly re opened gallery to see what changes had been made, the art held here is very interesting and there is a lot to see, I feel it is more adult than some other gallery's and less interesting for young children. The restaurant in the gallery is very good indeed and the views over the park are... More 

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Manchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

A huge disappointment in every way, except for the light and spacious environment. The exhibits seem to have been flung together without much rhyme or reason. My conclusion was that, for whatever reason, the gallery couldn't acquire anything of interest or significance. There is absolutely no 'wow factor'. Even the attractive cafe fell short of expdctations. Very limited and over-priced... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Heard that this gallery had been nominated for museum of the year so thought it would be worth the effort of a visit. Unfortunately, it seems like a massive opportunity missed with artwork displayed in pretentious unappealing ways and massive galleries that swallow the displays. Some nice windows overlooking the park though. All in all, not a patch on places... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

First visit after recent refurbishment and what a treat! The new extension is an amazing addition and the views into the park from the cafe windows are wonderful. Information about the exhibitions is readily available from staff and beautifully produced free brochures . Good access to public transport and a lovely place to spend a few hours, especially on a... More 

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Stockport
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The title sums it up. Mediocre content poorly arranged in an underwhelming building. Do people get carried away with these big projects and lose the point? No vision, no heart.

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Address: Address: University of Manchester | Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, England
Phone Number: +44 161 275 7450
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester>  > Chorlton

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