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Whitworth Art Gallery

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Neighborhood: Chorlton
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Address: Rutherford House 40 Pencroft Way | Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6SZ, England
Phone Number: +44 161 275 7450
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Modern art in incredible setting

The Whitworth is an incredibly beautiful building, and it's filled with modern art and crafts. The exhibitions are often worth visiting, as they're often curated by artists... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Simon W
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Frome, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went to this gallery to specifically see the WWI exhibition of Visions of the Front, but what an overwhelming modern space behind the Victoria frontage. There are floor to ceiling windows which makes you feel part of the outside park space. It has been the subject of a £15 million development which has retained historic elements combined with ultra... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This art gallery has had extensive refurbishment since we last visited. The lay out and content of the galleries is much improved. The staff are extremely helpful. Most of the exhibits are contemporary. Massively interested in the wallpaper gallery and other internal design areas. The new landscaped gardens and sculpture areas are fantastically laid out..and the whole space allows you... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The cafe is stunning but is this the purpose of the Whitworth? The exhibits were lacking in artistic merit and the overall impression was of a great space, wasted. Please, please pull out of storage some of the fabulous pieces you have and give the emperor his clothes back.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great building for very few exhibits. A few rooms feel empty. The best was the coffee shop / restaurant. A modern, simple, glass room giving you the feeling you are in the park.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent a short hour due to a disappointed first visit. The building is stunning and the staff were helpful, unfortunately the exhibits were poor. Wallpaper really!!!!!

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Thank Martin D
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I dont think.. a stack of A4 white paper in a glass box is art. I dont think... a series of five black rectangles in frames is art simply because you call it The Death of Painting. The building is amazing, and its in a great setting and perfect location. The exhibitions do not do it justice. This is tax... More 

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Thank darren c
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Whitworth is an incredibly beautiful building, and it's filled with modern art and crafts. The exhibitions are often worth visiting, as they're often curated by artists themselves, and typically are very thought provoking use of space, sound as well as the visual arts. The park next to the building contains sculpture associated with the gallery. Can be a nice... More 

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Thank Simon W
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing space that I have been attending on a Monday with my child - the groups are varied and popularity high, book on line! But the cafe is overlooking the trees and the activities seem to incorporate the exhibits in the gallery.

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Thank Gille6
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning gallery, always enjoy my visits here. Its a great place to take people who've come to visit Manchester

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Thank Emma S
North West England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our first visit since the reopening, what a brilliant and impressive gallery the Whitworth now is. A very sucessful fusion of historical buildings and state of the art architecture. The highlight for us was the intriguing Elizabeth Price curated exhibition. We had a lovely meal in the cafe, the staff were very friendly and helpful, nice range of... More 

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