Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

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A publicly owned art gallery opened in 1824, Manchester Art Gallery fills three buildings with both domestic and international art. The collection includes works by French Impressionist Pierre Adolphe Valette, "The Picnic" by Wynford Dewhurst, and a Cezanne that depicts scenes from Manchester painted during his stay in the city. William Burges' reformist furniture design as well as a collection of silver and glassware also grace the gallery rooms. Admission to the gallery is free. To visit Manchester Art Gallery on your trip to Manchester, use our Manchester travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Was very impressed with Manchester Art Gallery. The Lowry paintings were really great to see in real life. The building is very contemporary and suits housing the paintings. Overall there was a great ...  more »
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  • Amazing find just 10-15 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly station. Free to enter, really well laid out exhibitions that help you follow the themes and even free audio guides for one of them! You have a nice cafe and a cloakroom ​that needs a £1 coin that you get back after using. Wonderful paintings from different eras and enough space to step back and take it in. All in a gorgeous period building!
  • Vogue, Strange and Familiar and now Shirley Baker. Just keeps getting better! Oh and you can get nice cup of tea too!
  • Great gallery in a beautiful building. Walked it from Arndale. Multiple floors and some amazing pieces on display. Upper floor had an amazing Japanese display - weird & wonderful.
  • Interesting exhibitions. Wish I had more time to explore it better as it has some great local artists' pieces on display.
  • A lovely lady gave us a tour in BSL. Me and my fiance were the only ones who attended so it was lovely that she still continued with the tour. Clean toilets and nice gift shop

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