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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 breathtaking space but experience ruined by total disorganisation!

After I long time waiting for the re-opening we dodged the rain and paid a visit to this magnificent space. Some of the artwork had an Emperor's New Clothes feel about it, but... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Manchester UK
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

After I long time waiting for the re-opening we dodged the rain and paid a visit to this magnificent space. Some of the artwork had an Emperor's New Clothes feel about it, but for the most part, the Whitworth is serving its purpose well. The cafe, however, is something else altogether : neither a restaurant, nor a self service. We... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Lovely gallery, nice spaces and its within a walk of the city centre in whitworth park. Cafe on the other hand is a disaster. It's a long wait for a seat and when we sat down we didn't get a menu. Service was slow and we constantly had to ask for salt pepper, bread, cutlery! Soup was incredibly bland, try... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Admittedly, I did not go to the Whitworth before and this is solely done on a one time visit but I was not as impressed as I think I should have been. The opening room was a bit dark and not very inviting. Then, when we ventured past that, exhibitions were placed together that were not related. Cornelia Parker's gun... More 

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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44 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Having worked just over the road from the Whitworth for many years it seemed logical to go and spend some time seeing just what they'd done to it since its multi-million pound refurb. I really like the space, the mixture of light and textures mixing the old with the new and inviting you to look out over the park. The... More 

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Cheshire
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very exciting to go to the reopened Whitworth, after visiting from time to time over 35 years. Shame, then, that the entrance is so underwhelming and the hanging of many items puts them out of sight. As others say, Cornelia Parker and Cai Guo Qiang are well worth visiting the gallery to see. But don't expect to get a cup... More 

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Nothumberland, England
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26 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I believe £15 million was spend on the refurbishment of the Whitworth. I'm not sure if the money was spent wisely. Let's forget whether or not you like modern art; all art is subjective. If you don't like it then this is not the gallery for you. My average score is not about content but about layout. As other reviewers... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

I thought the gallery space was interesting especially the recreation of a facade in one room. I expected something more radical I suppose. I am not sure about covering the walls with paintings from floor to ceiling with only a photocopy of information to give you a clue as to what you are viewing. My greatest disappear was the galkery... More 

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manchester, uk
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Was keen to see the changes to the Gallery, but felt very let down by the attitude of some of the staff. This review is based purely on the experience we had and not the art. Some of which is odd, some traditional, some non existent on blank walls! We were advised to visit the first floor to 'baby play',... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

After it's re-opening (£25 Mill refurb) I had been quite eager to visit and more so because I wanted to view some of the the works from the old masters Turner, Blake, Cozen and others. I wasn't disappointed in that respect as the works are indeed on display. However, be prepared to be somewhat disappointed as to where and more... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I love the refurb/extension. Some of the design/architectural details are quite gorgeous. However, they don't seem to have really used the new space in a sensible way. Some of the newer exhibits have a huge amount of space devoted to them - the Cornelia Parker ones were particularly good. But other things have been crammed together in a way that... More 

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