A varied selection of art in a beautiful building in the centre of Manchester.
Whether you are a fan of Pre-Raphaelite art or ancient pottery, Manchester Art Gallery’s varied collections will keep you entertained. The building itself is pretty impressive too with a pillared entrance, a beautiful Victorian entrance hall and a central glass atrium.
For something a bit different, I would recommend the Manchester Gallery on the ground floor to both visitors and locals. Exhibitions include ‘Changing Faces’ (photographs of Manchester street scenes from the 1980s) and ‘Made in Manchester’ with some quirky additions such as tiny costumes from TV version of The Wind in the Willows.
I have memories of being dragged around art galleries as a child and vowing that I would never be so mean. Manchester Art Gallery, however, is family friendly and has lots to keep children entertained – especially in the interactive gallery where children can get stuck in. Take a look at the ‘Wish you were where’ section in the interactive gallery where a pile of suitcases have luggage labels hanging from them filled in by visitors with their wish list of destinations.