Manchester Art Gallery


October half-term

Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic control measures, the gallery is not running any family half-term activities during October. We look forward to the time when we can safely offer them again.

All families are welcome at Manchester Art Gallery.

We offer playful activities for all ages. Our Clore Art Studio is an interactive family space developed by artists, which you can access every day. Borrow an explorer toolbelt to help you look and connect with our collection artworks. During the school holidays, we run award-winning artist-led workshops for families – keep an eye on the website for more details. We are dedicated to being accessible to all our family audiences. Please ask a member of staff if you need any assistance.

Mother and child at Open doors

Open doors

A creative workshop especially for autistic children

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:

  • Galleries open at 9.15 so you can experience the gallery at a quieter, calmer time
  • 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:

  • 20 February – 10:30 – 12 pm
  • 14 March – 9:15 – 11:15

Please feel free to call Katy McCall on 0161 235 8869 if you have any questions or would like to find out more.

Manchester Museum also offer Autism Friendly Early Openings on the second Saturday of every month, 9.15-10.30am. Visit their website for more information.

In the Clore Art Studio

Closure of Clore Art Studio 

From 2 March until 16 May.

Our children’s gallery is moving downstairs, to a purpose built activity space especially for families. While we are closed we will be running creative sessions during the weekends, between 11-4pm.

March –  7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29.
April –  4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26.
May – 2, 3, 9, 10.

During the week drawing materials and our Explorer Toolbelts will be available from the Information desk.

Costume Factory

Don’t miss our February half term activities

Wednesday 19, Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Saturday 21 February, 1-3pm
Ask for a flyer at the information desk.

Family in the Clore Art Studio

Holiday Activities

Costume Factory

Costume Factory

Don’t miss our February half term activities.

Wednesday 19, Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Saturday 21 February, 1-3pm
Ask for a flyer at the information desk.

Don’t forget that you can borrow a tool belt to explore the gallery anytime. If you want to draw, just ask our VS team if you can borrow a drawing pack from the front desk.


Mother and toddler

Healthy Child drop in clinic

In partnership with Martenscroft Sure Start Centre and the Manchester Health Visiting Team, we offer a free Healthy Child drop in clinic for 0-5 year olds every Wednesday, 1.30 – 3pm.


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.

Explorer toolbelts

Our family explorer toolbelts are back!
This activity pack will help you and your families make connections with the artworks, exhibitions and the building in a playful way.

Pick one up from the front desk and start your journey of discovery at Manchester Art Gallery.

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.