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Fine Art

George Stubbs, A Cheetah And A Stag With Two Indian Attendants, 1764

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

Teapot, Spode, c1770

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.


Two Dandy court suits on mannequins

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.

Taking Stock

Starting in 2023, Manchester Art Gallery, Platt Hall and the conservation studios, are undertaking a programme of building repairs. This will lead to better storage and physical access to safeguard the collection for the future and will transform how our collection is experienced by our visitors.

As part of the ambitious programme of development we will be Taking Stock of our collection in a unique opportunity to review and research process to explore the rich potential of the city’s collection and how it is used.

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Take a look behind the scenes, discover new and old favourites, the stories behind the objects, videos and much more.

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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