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“The best family friendly Gallery!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whitworth Art Gallery

Whitworth Art Gallery
Ranked #19 of 171 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Whitworth 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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“The best family friendly Gallery!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

We are really enjoying every our visit to the Gallery. People there are just happy to help you, always smiling and very friendly. They do really great activities for kids of any age. Do visit Withoworth Art Gallery!

Visited February 2013
2 Thank amanda_ad
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“Open to the general public?!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

I visited the museum the other day during one of the kids' events and was disgusted by the gnashing of teeth and racket produced by the middle-aged visitors who seemed intent on ruining our day. All I could hear was them moaning on about the fact that the museum had the gall to allow people of all ages into the building. I could bearly hear my own child's tantrum over the tuttting and disgruntled muttering.

These issues are entirely the museum's fault, I believe. Nothing at all to do with my ridiculous expectations and general bitterness and misanthropy. A free attraction that is inclusive and educational? That clearly lists a timetable of events to ensure wouldbe visitors are aware of what to expect on any given day they chose to visit? Be careful what you wish for, you may even encounter other members of the public! A two star review is entirely justified.

7 Thank J_Clegg80
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“Great art, great cafe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

An outstanding venue for art in Manchester, set in a park (the South Gallery has amazing window-walls giving onto it), and with superb collection and temporary exhibitions. We recently visited the Hockney to Hogarth 'Rake's Progress' show, an incredible chance to see Hogarth's famous prints alongside Hockney's version of his own 'Rake's Progress' as a young man - a unique opportunity to see both these works alongside each other.

Also the Wilson sisters' amazing photos, films and installations on abandonned nuclear sites in the UK and at Chernobyl - powerful, informative, and thought-provoking... An outstanding exhibition.

There is also an excellent cafe there, serving a very wide range of lunches and snacks as well as drinks and cakes. It's not cheap, but it is very good quality, and the atmosphere is nice, the staff friendly. Be careful as it often gets very busy at lunchtimes (it's right opposite a big hospital, and attracts lots of customers from there), in which case the food service can be slow - so if you're going to a talk or event after lunch, make sure and allow yourself plenty of time.

Visited January 2013
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“Be careful what you wish for...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Whitworth is a favourite of mine, and on Sunday we visited specifically to enjoy a free concert by the RNCM oboists. What a great idea, music performed in a gallery, and in principle it was. The trio was superb, and the acoustics of the room really enhanced the programme. However, I have to agree with other reviewers. It was spoilt for us by very young children being allowed to run around, screaming at will. I understand that venues such as this have a duty to encourage young people to partake, but this was ludicrous. And following the concert, trying to engage with the exhibitions, particularly the Hockney selection, whilst one little poppet had a full blown tantrum, was impossible, and pointless. How about some evening opening hours for grown ups? The cafe, by the way, is super.

Visited January 2013
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“Becoming one great big creche”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

Sadly this gallery, presumably to pull down funding, is holding three events for babies & young children per week. Great if you are a parent or a child'. not so good if you want to seriously look at the art. I went to see the Jane & Louise Wilson exhibition. This was serious & thought provoking. The film needed concentration from the visitor; the sound wasn't that good, the dialogue was partly by Russians & the subject was sombre. I found it very hard to take in due to the cries & screams of very young children. The gallery is largely open plan, sound carries & I had gone on Art Baby day.
The events for tiny children are on Monday, Wednesday & Sunday, so if you don't like children or are going to study & need quiet avoid these times.
Otherwise it is an excellent gallery. I hope they will move these activities to somewhere where the sound travels less.

Visited January 2013
5 Thank Masaka47
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