Manchester Art Gallery

Our Collections

Manchester Art Gallery is home to the city’s world-class art and design collection. Our collection includes over 25,000 objects of fine art, decorative art and costume, developed over 200 years and still growing.

Fine Art

The collection contains nearly 13,000 items including painting, sculpture, drawings, watercolours, prints, posters and photographs. Best known for our world-famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the collection also includes British and European art from the 17th century right up to the present day.

Craft and Design

Over 13,000 objects of craft and design from ceramics, glass and furniture to metalwork, wallpaper and dolls houses. Highlights include early English slipware, 17th century silver, and our growing collection of contemporary furniture and lighting design.


The costume collection includes over 21,000 items of clothing, textiles and accessories, covering all aspects of the history of dress from 1600 to the present day. 18th century fashion and 19th century women’s and children’s dress are particular highlights.