Manchester Art Gallery


If you’re visiting with your family, you’ve come to the right place.

We have lots on offer for families. Experience our Clore Art Studio; an interactive space dedicated to families situated right in the centre of our gallery. Award-winning art clubs and workshops. Colourful and fun family friendly resources and great facilities. You are also sure of a warm welcome from gallery staff: if you need anything, just ask.


Art clubs

We have four monthly art clubs, so there is something for everyone

With sessions for babies, for 1-4 year olds and for children with autism and other social communication issues, there’s always an opportunity to enjoy and explore art together as a family.

If you’d like to keep up to date with our events for families, sign up to our Families email newsletter.

All of our sessions are free.


Cardboard 3D portrait from the Clore Art Studio at Manchester Art Gallery

Clore Art Studio

A place where all of the family can play and create together

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers, Sarah Marsh and Jessica Wild have designed a space to celebrate ‘you’. Explore yourself and your identity, share stories with others and spend time viewing yourself and your surroundings in a different way.



Holiday Activities

Shadow sculptures: February half term family workshops

Wednesday 22- Saturday 25 February 2017


Free, drop in event suitable for all ages.

Make your own shadow sculpture with our friendly team of artists. Create your exciting artwork using wire, card and LED lights. Play with your sculpture in the projection space, where your sculptures will move and twist to create crazy and beautiful shadows.

This activity is developed by artist Tony Hall, inspired by the Modern Japanese Design exhibition on display in the Design gallery.

To see photographs of our February half term activities so far, visit our Flickr page.



Family friendly cafe

Our gallery cafe is great for families. Food is served throughout the day (hot dishes between 11am and 3pm).

We offer children’s lunch boxes and a children’s menu that includes homemade salmon fish fingers, macaroni cheese and local sausages with mash. High chairs are available, just ask a member of our cafe staff.

Getting around

For buggies, there’s a ramp leading to the main entrance on Mosley Street. There are lifts to all floors or you can leave your buggy in the ground floor cloakroom.

For more information about physical access to Manchester Art Gallery see our access page.

Explorer toolbelts

Our family explorer toolbelts are back!
Carefully selected natural and manmade objects will help you and your families make connections with the artworks, exhibitions and the building in a playful way.

Pick one up from the front desk and start your journey of discovery at Manchester Art Gallery.

Baby changing and toilets

There are baby change facilities on the ground floor in both men’s and women’s toilets next to the entrance hall. We also have accessible toilets in the ground floor atrium and on the first floor.