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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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I wouldn't give it any prizes

Was expecting great things as the gallery has just won the art funds museum of the year. I visited today and the textile exhibition was closed as was the mezzanine area. There... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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shropshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Was expecting great things as the gallery has just won the art funds museum of the year. I visited today and the textile exhibition was closed as was the mezzanine area. There is a Chinese exhibition which after finding a leaflet giving the background to each item, I did find engaging. The rest of the displays did nothing for me.... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I have revisited the gallery several times since it re-opened. I still agree that now, in Manchester, we have a really World class space for the display of art and design. Now Manchester is able to attract top travelling or one off exhibitions, that have previously been shown only in the capital. The Chinese contemporary art retrospective challenging and well... More 

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manchester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I take groups of young children there fairly regularly - the free arty activities are great, and the cafe is beautiful - but there is so little on so many of the walls still, and much of what there isn't great. Nice for an hour of so, don't expect it to detain you for much longer. And parking is a... More 

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Merseyside, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I reached this Gallery using the local buses, that pass just outside ,on a busy road.My visit occurred when the Whitworth reopened, so it was pretty full , with many people queuing patiently outside .The interior, gave the impression of spaciousness, and light, although the modern art on show didn't excite me.With large numbers of visitors, the chance to form... More 

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Halifax. England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

What a lovely museum, the new blends with the old seamlessly. The only downside was finding somewhere to park. The exhibition spaces were large letting everyone wander about without banging into each other. The cafe was beautiful, part of the new extension being all glass you felt like you were outside. The area for kids was just great and they... More 

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Chester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Worth the (rather long) walk from city centre. Galleries flow nicely with some excellent exhibits which absorb and hold your attention (please take note Baltic Gateshead!). Pieces relating to Chinese post revolutionary art very informative with useful booklet providing context. Water colour gallery slightly more haphazard. New extension works well and provides a great modern twist and some lovely spaces.... More 

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The refurbished Whitworth is absolutely delightful. I was just killing time waiting for a friend, but spent a thoroughly delightful two hours enjoying an amazing collection of watercolours and portraits. There's currently a most interesting exhibition of contemporary Chinese art awaiting its permanent home in Hong Kong. The new restaurant has huge windows and is in a wing which stretches... More 

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Manchester
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I'm neither a critic nor curator, but my opinion for what its worth: The makeover of the building is very well done. The gallery has some wonderful works. It's a great pity the facility and materials have not been used to the full potential. I Guess the special attention given to the Chinese exhibition left the gallery with reduced area... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The museum has a beautiful new extension and cafe and rightly won the Museum of the Year award. The textile collection is famous but they have an amazing collection of prints and drawings, many of which are close-hung and on display (instead of being in the basement stores as in so many galleries). I went to see the Richter/Part exhibition... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

It's not a particularly good place to visit if you have young children. The spaces are poorly thought out and facilities for anyone who doesn't wish to go to the bog standard but exorbitantly priced cafe. It's poorly signed and the exhibits seem to have been put together with little thought as to how best to display them (they had... More 

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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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