Manchester Art Gallery

About us

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is one of the country’s finest art museums. We mix works from our wonderful historic collections with the best international contemporary art to bring fresh perspectives to familiar images, create visual dialogues and encourage conversation and debate. We welcome over half a million visitors each year to our home in the heart of the city, a blend of historic and contemporary architecture that echoes our innovative artistic programme. Through our exhibitions and events, we offer extraordinary encounters with brilliant art.

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 civilisations 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.

Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall

The Gallery of Costume showcases the best of our extensive costume collection, spanning six centuries of fashion, in the exquisite surroundings of Platt Hall. This lovely Georgian house is just two miles south of the city centre in Platt Fields Park, Rusholme.

Manchester City Galleries

Together, Manchester Art Gallery and the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, along with our conservation studios at Queens Park, make up Manchester City Galleries and we are part of Manchester City Council.

The Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership

We are also part of an innovative and uniquely Mancunian partnership with Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum, both part of the University of Manchester. We share funding, staff and expertise and collaborate to make something greater than its individual parts – a brilliant gallery and museum service for our city.

Manchester Art Gallery Strategic Plan 2016 – 20

The focus of the strategy is on developing a gallery that feels open to all and inspires everyone who visits, where culture and innovation can flourish, and that reaches the widest possible audience, especially those people who might not normally think an art gallery is for them. The gallery’s world class collections and contemporary programme, delivered with a distinctly Mancunian spirit that combines a warm welcome for all and a strong social conscience, make Manchester Art Gallery one of the most exciting galleries in the country.

Cllr Luthfur Rahman