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Explore our collection of over 46,000 objects of fine art, decorative art and costume, developed over 200 years and still growing.

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Fine Art

The Manchester Art Gallery 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 and Chinese jades. Highlights include early English ceramics, historic and contemporary silver, and our growing collection of contemporary furniture and lighting design.

Costume

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.

And view our collection of oil paintings on Art UK

Our collection of 2,132 oil paintings can also be explored on Art UK. Here you can also discover 212,732 artworks, explore 3,261 venues and meet 38,370 artists. Art UK is the online home for every public art collection in the UK.

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