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Manchester Art Gallery
Ranked #9 of 189 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: From our historical collections to international contemporary art, we aim to bring fresh perspectives, encourage conversation and spark debate. Explore our collections of fine art, spanning six centuries and including many major modern and contemporary pieces. We are famous for 19th century British paintings, particularly our outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite works. Our decorative arts collections showcase the artistry, tastes and techniques of every era and culture, from ancient civilizations to today’s designer makers. Our collections of ceramics, silver, glass, furniture and costume are especially fine. We constantly renew and update our collections displays so you should discover something new every time you visit. And, we're free to visit!
Reviewed 27 February 2012

Amazing seeing all the art that dates back. Not even a 5minute walk from MacDonald Townhouse Hotel

Thank Cathy D
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

A very good survey of British art from the 17th century to the present day. Interesting galleries on modern and contemporary art.

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Reviewed 9 February 2012

Art galleries aren’t the place I often find myself in but I visited this art gallery with an open mind. Most paintings on walls I usually take one glance at and then walk away, but it was very different here and I had lots of fun looking at the variety of art. My favourite section was the interactive gallery which was very appealing. The gallery has 3 levels of floors to explore as well as a shop and a café to eat at. It’s a great experience and worth visiting if you’re in the area.

Thank RorysReviews
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

I visited here in January, i was meeting a friend and dont ask me how but i originally walked past the place... yes i know!! Mind you i have walked that raod many a time and not noticed it, i think because it faces a tram line you dont expect to see such a historic place where it is. But wow what an amazing structure, once inside its like an Aladins cave, so much to see and not just pictures there are modern art works, an area for kids, my favourite was an area with old suitcases stacked up against a wall and you could write on a luggage tag and add your own favourite place, there were thousands already written on.
I arrived a day after the Maddox exhibition had finished so i didn't get to see this, however although the museum is free to look around, the larger exhibitions you do need to pay for, so i was not to bothered about this.
You could spend a day here, they also have a wonderful cafe which serves fresh made food each day, delightful and not expected in the city centre and in a museum.

Thank JessieVera
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

It's quite extensive and we only managed half of it in one morning. I'd suggest 2 bites at this visit, there's so much to take in - certainly a day's worth if you have the stamina. I'm intending a second visit shortly.
Not a fan of the chocolate box Victorian art on show, but plenty from various styles and periods to appeal. I found the notes helpful, without being too wordy. Plenty to keep the kids interested including "hands on" areas. There was a school visit alongside my visit and the staff really did a good job at involving and engaging them with the exhibits. And the place is big enough to avoid such noisy groups if you wish. The shop is well stocked, if a little pricey for some items, but plenty on offer starting at kids pocket money toys to serious art books.
And it's free!!!

Thank dmb100
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