Slap bang in the middle of the city centre sits on oasis of calm in the grand shape of Manchester's main art gallery, housing its superb collection alongside temporary exhibitions.
And what a collection it is. Nearly 13,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and other art forms, plus a similar number in the craft and design collection, all making for one genuinely world class gallery. You could easily spend a good few hours wandering the rooms before heading for a coffee and scone in the appropriately tasteful café.
Of particular note are the wonderful Pre-Raphaelite pieces, a fascinating look at LS Lowry and his teacher Adolphe Valette, and individual works by Waterhouse and Millais. A stunning vase by Grayson Perry is the pick from an impressive contemporary gallery. The hands-on space for families is particularly worthwhile for those accompanied by young ones.
A modern extension connects to the main building via a glass walkway and atrium, the architecture reflecting the old and the new that you can find within the artwork - the best collection the city has to offer.
Manchester Art Gallery
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The Sensory War
This group exhibition marking the centenary of the First World War explores artists’ reactions to the impact of military conflict on the mind, the body and the senses. Featuring work ranging from that of Paul Nash to Otto Dix, the real coup here is the...Until Sun February 22nd 2015READ MOREMosley Street Manchester Manchester M2 3JL
Borrowing from its sister gallery, the Gallery of Costume, Manchester Art Gallery is displaying selected outfits from the Cotton Board, an organisation established to promote the use of cotton in fashion and to expand export trade. The exhibition shows...Design Until Sun June 14th 2015READ MOREMosley Street Manchester Manchester M2 3JL
Dress of Glass and Flame
A remarkable artwork that explores the chemistry of glass and fire. Designer and social artist Helen Storey MBE and scientist Tony Ryan have captured this alchemic process and kept it alive via a life-size glass dress that has at its heart, a burning...Mon October 27th 2014 - Mon October 27th 2014READ MOREMosley Street Manchester Manchester M2 3JL