Manchester Art Gallery

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Manchester Art Gallery. Photo by Andrew Brooks
Andrew Brooks

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL – Visit Now

The Charles Barry-designed, Grade I-listed Manchester Art Gallery is one of the city’s premier-league galleries, and, after closing its doors during a lockdown, we’re delighted to announce it’s now ready to welcome visitors back once again. Opening hours have been reduced to Thursdays to Sundays, 11am to 4pm, and you’ll need to book a ticket via the website, although some walk-ups will be allowed.

Inside, you’ll be able to reconnect with old favourites from the collection and experience the new Introductory Gallery. You can also enjoy the 2021 iteration of Jerwood Makers Open, an exhibition launched in 2010 with the goal of recognising and promoting early-career artists by showcasing their work to the public.

Manchester Art Gallery benefited from a £35m extension in 2002, ensuring that it can display an outstanding Victorian collection alongside regularly changing contemporary exhibitions. Alongside the displays is the excellent hands-on Clore Arts Studio for kids, developed by artists to offer first-rate creative endeavours such as making sculptural hideouts and regular artist-led workshops.

The Charles Barry-designed, Grade I-listed Manchester Art Gallery is ready to welcome visitors back once again

Of course, the national and global situation means things will be slightly different for a time. You can expect a reassuring amount of safety measures to protect the vulnerable and unvaccinated, such as hand sanitiser available at regular locations through the venue, along with clear signage to aid people on their visit. There will always be a one-way system around the venue and greatly enhanced cleaning measures to ensure risks are kept to an absolute minimum. Masks will be obligatory throughout the indoor space, for obvious reasons. For now, school groups will have to wait a while longer before they can visit Manchester Art Gallery.

The impressive on-site shop will be open with an extensive range of new products including a brand new gallery guide, all offering ways to support the gallery while building your personal arts-related collection. However, the delightful Manchester Art Gallery café, run by acclaimed chef Matthew Taylor, remains closed for the time being.

For more information about these exhibitions and other details about one of Manchester’s most admired cultural spaces, visit the venue’s website at the link below.

  • Mosley Street
  • Manchester
  • M2 3JL
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Admission Charges

Free admission

Services and Facilities

Permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, events, shop, café, lockers


Wheelchair access to all public areas

Commercial and hire services

Available for hire