Manchester Art Gallery


The gallery is closed

With the need for us all to look after each other and to avoid unnecessary social contact, we’re closing Manchester Art Gallery from Wednesday 18 March.

There’s further information here.



Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester
M2 3JL
Tel: 0161 235 8888
Contact us by email

Opening hours

Free and open to all

Monday 11am–5pm
Tuesday-Sunday 10am–5pm, including bank holiday Mondays.

First Wednesday of every month open until 9pm.

Closed Good Friday, 1 January, 24–26 and 31 December.

Events and temporary gallery closures

The galleries are dynamic changing spaces with works occasionally moved for loans or conservation or to refresh displays. We try to keep our records of changes to works on display up to date, however if you’re planning to visit to see a specific work, please contact us first to check that it is on display.

Closure of Clore Art Studio – from 2 March until 16 May 2020

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


How to get here

By Metrolink tram

St Peter’s Square or Market Street stations are the nearest Metrolink stations. Both are on the Altrincham and Eccles lines.

By bus

Nearest bus stops are in Piccadilly Gardens or on Princess Street.

By train

To Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria stations. Take the Metrolink from Victoria or Piccadilly (Altrincham or Eccles direction) to Market Street or St Peter’s Square.

By car

Manchester is ringed by the M60, linking to the UK’s extensive motorway network. Follow signs to the city centre. Car parking is available at the NCP car parks on Chepstow Street, Faulkner Street or Sackville Street. All are within five minutes of the gallery. The nearest disabled parking is on York St and Mount St.

By coach

The coach drop off point is at the groups entrance on Princess Street.
For more detailed bus, train and Metrolink tram information:
Tel: 0161 244 1000 (7am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday)
Web: TFGM website.

Please note, to guarantee lunch choices, coach parties are advised to pre-book lunches.
Please talk to our catering manager Ross Twiname.

Tel: 0161 235 8835

Staying overnight?

Our Official Hotel Partner is Stock Exchange Manchester. It offers a 12% discount on Bed and Breakfast rates. To redeem, call the hotel or email and quote “ZART”.

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Using the gallery

Information desk

Our main information desk is in the central atrium. Pick up floor plans, leaflets, free family backpacks and other information from here.

Floor plan

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Cloakroom and luggage storage

There are free luggage lockers in the front entrance hall of the gallery; you’ll need a refundable £1 coin to operate each locker.

Tours and trails

With three floors, 21 rooms and over 2,000 items on display spanning over six centuries you may want some guidance on where to start. We offer a range of tours and events to help you discover more about our collections, including free highlights tours every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and most bank holiday Mondays. See the events calendar for more information or join our mailing list to keep up to date with our events and exhibitions.

Free wifi

There’s free fast wifi in our cafe, atrium and many of our exhibition spaces. Feel free to use it to Tweet or Instagram your visit or share your favourite artworks from our online collection.

Group visits

We offer a range of tours and support for groups, along with refreshments. Full details and booking information about all our tours.

Resources for families

Free toolbelts are available from the front desk for family groups with children. Find out more about visiting with your family here.

Education visits

Our formal learning team develops and manages an extensive education programme for nurseries, schools, colleges and universities.


We are committed to allowing photography for personal and social media use. We only ask that visitors don’t take a photograph if it is a lenders explicit wish. There will be clear signs indicating this whenever that is the case.

Please note: To protect our artworks, we do not allow flash photography in the galleries, nor the use of tripods or selfie sticks or indeed anything that looks like you’re photographing images for commercial gain. For commercial photography requests, please contact our Picture library here.

If you would like a souvenir image of an artwork in the gallery, why not check out the wide range prints in our shop or buy prints from our collection from Art UK.

Access information

Manchester Art Gallery is fully accessible. Full details about our access facilities and services.