Graves Gallery

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Graves Gallery
Work by Marc Quinn and Bridget Riley at the Graves Gallery. Photo: Museums Sheffield.

Graves Gallery is home to Sheffield’s visual art collection, with a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions arranged across eight galleries. Situated on the top floor of Sheffield’s Central Library, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Sheffield city centre, Graves gallery offers a peaceful retreat for visitors to enjoy the city’s art and a changing exhibition programme.

Dedicated to ‘the service of knowledge and art’, the gallery opened in July 1934 and takes its name from its benefactor, John George Graves, an entrepreneur and keen art collector. Featuring works by the likes of JMW Turner, Cezanne, Bridget Riley and Grayson Perry, Graves Gallery offers visitors an impressive tour through art history, from the present day to the 16th century.

Following a major refurbishment including four of the main galleries, Graves Gallery is now open to visitors once again. With fresh exhibition areas and a third of the artworks on display changed over, audiences can now enjoy a new permanent display. Look out for the changing exhibitions space as well.

With an impeccable collection of European painting and sculpture and a rotating series of perfectly-curated contemporary exhibitions, Graves is a true gem of a gallery. And with the Millennium Gallery just around the corner and Weston Park Museum just a Supertram ride away, it’s in good company.

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Telephone: 0114 278 2600 Visit Now

Admission Charges

Free entry

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday1:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Thursday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Friday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday11:00am - 4:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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