New to the gallery?

Man and child in gallery

Whether you’ve got half an hour, all day, are on your own or have the children with you, we’d love to see you. You don’t have to like everything inside and you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy a visit. Entry to the gallery and our exhibitions is free.

What’s inside?

Our collection is made up of fine art and decorative art. We’re probably most famous for our Pre-Raphaelite paintings but all periods are covered, from ancient pottery to contemporary art. Find out more about our collections, special exhibitions and events by exploring our site or just drop by, pick up a floor plan and wander. If you have any questions, our staff will be happy to help.

What's on

Catch the latest exhibitions from our diverse changing programme. Or come along to one of our wide range of workshops, tours and other activities for adults and families: most of our events are free. Visit the what's on section of the website to find out more.

Explore our collections

The gallery's collections include more than 25,000 objects of art, craft and design. Only a fraction of these can be displayed at any one time. You can explore the collections in greater depth by using our online collections search or browse edited highlights chosen by staff and visitors.

Enjoy the gallery with your family

Manchester Art Gallery was a finalist in the 2010 Guardian Family Friendly Museum of the Year award. That’s because we have lots on offer for families, including our new Clore Art Studio (opening Friday 5 July 2013), free family friendly resources and facilities and our popular cafe which offers children’s meals. Visit our family pages for more information.

Fancy some peace and quiet?

We are very popular with schools and families, so if you would like a quieter visit, try Monday to Friday after 3pm, Thursday evenings after 5pm or weekends before midday, outside of the summer holidays.

Are children welcome?

Children playing with the Giraffe jigsaw puzzle in the modern and contemporary galleries

Yes and there’s plenty for you to do as a family.

Can I get a coffee, lunch?

People in the cafe drinking coffee
Yes, our welcoming cafe serves food and drinks throughout the day.

Can I get a postcard?

Visitor looking at cards in the gallery shop

Yes. Pop into the gallery shop for postcards, art books, prints, children’s gifts and more.