Manchester Art Gallery

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Manchester Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
From our historical collections to international contemporary art, we aim to bring fresh perspectives, encourage conversation and spark debate. Explore our collections of fine art, spanning six centuries and including many major modern and contemporary pieces. We are famous for 19th century British paintings, particularly our outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite works. Our decorative arts collections showcase the artistry, tastes and techniques of every era and culture, from ancient civilizations to today’s designer makers. Our collections of ceramics, silver, glass, furniture and costume are especially fine. We constantly renew and update our collections displays so you should discover something new every time you visit. And, we're free to visit!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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How to get there
  • St Peter's Square • 3 min walk
  • Mosley St • 4 min walk
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK17,807 contributions
Dec 2021
Free to enter, this gallery is well worth a visit. The collection is housed within buildings designed by Charles Barry (Parliament/Natural History Museum) The collection includes some real spectacular pieces like Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse and the incredible Chariot Race by Von Wagner which must have been an inspiration for Ben Hur. My personal fave's are the pre-raphaelite's and the Victorian Romantics which are well represented here. There is a decent cafe located on the ground floor and toilets on each level.
Written December 17, 2021
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Pati2804
24 contributions
Oct 2021
For someone whos not that bothered about art it's a lovely experience. We thoroughly enjoyed some of the paintings and had a lovely time. The cafe is also very nice and even had some vegan options which is always appreciated.
Written December 15, 2021
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lisa c
Poynton, UK58 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Interesting and thought provoking exhibitions, lots to see, first visit in a long time and made me appreciate anew, recommend a visit
Written November 28, 2021
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Freedom66614394152
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Family
Amazing! If you want to go with your baby/family or friends this an amazing place to go, learn, feel inspired and relax. I love the exhibitions as there are many contemporary art as well.
Written November 13, 2021
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923Dan
Swindon, UK2,693 contributions
Nov 2021
Short trip to Manchester to visit the Manchester Art Gallery on Mosley Street as they were hosting the Grayson Perry exhibition from the C4 Lockdown art program.
Excellent free art gallery to visit - (though i did need to pre-book on-line) - blending old traditional oil masters with more modern and contemporary works - really liked the banana coffin on the top floor from West Africa.
The Grayson Perry exhibition was on the top floor spread over 2 rooms - nice works across different genres, by new artists as well as Grayson and his wife.
Well worth the effort to travel over to Manchester.
Written November 9, 2021
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MJCherry83
Truro District, UK8 contributions
Oct 2021
We decided to go to the art gallery as it was pouring with rain but stayed over two hours as we found it to be a very interesting and informative experience with a wide range of art work to look at including some very well known paintings
Written November 7, 2021
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Katy G
London, UK169 contributions
Oct 2021
This is a lovely gallery, we came up from London on a day trip to see the Grayson Perry exhibition, which was, of course, excellent. The rest of the collection was very interesting too. All the gallery and the cafe staff were very welcoming and the cafe had a decent lunch and snacks menu.
Written November 6, 2021
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Martin
9 contributions
Aug 2021
I used to love this place, but some of the "whacky" changes introduced by the new gallery head are spoiling things. It feels to a degree as though he is just being iconoclastic and trendy for its own sake.

Witness the hotch potch of a room that has been created mixing William Holman Hunt's "The Hireling Shepherd" with a couple of modern art items and several unattractive easy chairs which have been dragged upstairs from the cafe's lounge area. All presented in a very bright and garish fluorescent lighting which feels more like a hospital operating theatre. This does no favours at all to Hunt's well known painting. To present it in such an unsympathetic fashion with totally the wrong kind of lighting is almost an insult to this Pre-Raphaelite artist. If there was a culinary equivalent to this ill thought out and mismatched presentation, it would be as if a chef in a top restaurant had presented a fillet steak dish, with a huge dollop of sickly candy floss on the top!

All this comes after the fiasco of the somewhat confected row over the "Hylas and the Nymphs" painting a year or two ago, and what I felt to be an ill judged idea in the "Out of the crate" exhibition.

Thankfully the curators can't spoil everything, and many of the superb items that this gallery has in its collection are still there to view and enjoy. But I really wish they would kerb their trendy changes, and get back to a more sober and traditional style of presentation.
Written October 30, 2021
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Annie M
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom9 contributions
Oct 2021
Such a great gallery, so much to see, right in the centre of this vibrant city. We loved it and found plenty to see and do to fill our day. If you dont know the work of Adolph Valette then his paintings alone are good enough reason to go. Highly recommend a visit.
Written October 30, 2021
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David M
Stoke-on-Trent, UK28 contributions
Oct 2021
Have visited the gallery many times in the past few years, but this was the first time since the pandemic. I could not believe it was the same place I’d enjoyed visiting in the past. The art is displayed in a random fashion which does nothing to improve the visitor experience. You leaving feeling that you’ve been in some weird experiment to try to brain wash you that there is only one right way to think. I will not be visiting again. The people pushing their own narrow view are doing exactly what they claim art has been doing over the previous centuries.
Written October 28, 2021
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Manchester Art Gallery is open:
  • Wed - Wed 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM