Manchester Art Gallery


October half term 2021

During the school holidays family visitors will be able to pick up a Keep It Curious Kit. This match box of activities will include a sketch book, pencil, photography filter and prompt cards to help connect you to artworks and ideas as you explore the Gallery with your family.

Available throughout October half term. Grab yours from the information desk and let’s get curious! Spin the spinner and see where it takes you…


Open doors

A series of creative sessions especially for autistic children and their families.

Since 2014 Manchester Art Gallery has been holding monthly autism friendly sessions on a Saturday morning aimed at children with autism and their families. Features include:

  • Artist led workshops and activities
  • Staff trained in Autism Awareness
  • A quiet room available for moments that might be a bit difficult

Next sessions are on:

  • 26 October – 10:00 – 12 pm
  • 27 November – 10:00 – 12 pm
  • 8 January 2022 – 10:00 – 12pm

Please feel free to email Katy McCall at if you have any questions or would like to find out more.


Family friendly café

Our gallery café is great for families. Food is served throughout the day (hot dishes between 11am and 3pm). Children’s menus are available.

High chairs are available, just ask a member of our café 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.

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.