Manchester Art Gallery


We’re open!

For now, we will be open 10am–5pm Wednesday–Sunday.
If you’re visiting the main gallery, you won’t need to book a ticket – you can just walk in. And there will be lots to see: 

Grayson’s Art Club
We are delighted that Grayson’s Art Club remains popular. Our ticketed socially-distanced slots for booking until 20 June have been in high demand and have booked up very fast. Tickets are now available for all dates until 31 October.

You can book your tickets here.

What is Manchester Art Gallery? 
A new display introducing the gallery including its origins, how the collection was formed and how it relates to Manchester and its people.

Jade Montserrat 
Constellations: Care & Resistance 

Part gallery, part studio, this evolving space showcases Jade Montserrat’s work exploring race, the body and language. 

We would also love your feedback on our redisplays. Join the discussions Work redisplay and Re-imagining Manchester Art Gallery
If you can’t visit in person, take a look at our online programme or visit the online gallery shop for some exclusive shopping; browse a selection of homewares, art books and merchandise inspired by our collection and exhibitions.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Gallery as soon as we can.

(19 May 2021)

Opening hours

Free and open to all

Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Last entry 4.15pm.

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


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

Booking a ticket

Tickets are required for Grayson’s Art Club exhibition, from 19 May to 20 June. Book here

Keeping you safe, Frequently asked questions

Find out more about how we’re making your visit safe for you and for us.




Plan your route

Welcome back!

Wondering what your visit will be like? Our staff take you on a tour of the gallery showing how we’ve prepared everything to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as we can. See you soon!

Please note, we filmed this a while ago and some things have changed, read more below on the current details.


What will you be able to see?

Our brand new display What is Manchester Art Gallery? which offers a dynamic introduction to the gallery including its origins, how the collection was formed and how it relates to Manchester and its people.

You can reconnect with old favourites or discover hidden gems in the displays from the 18th and 19th centuries. The galleries feature British and European art and design with a few contemporary works to encourage conversation.
We are asking how these galleries can help us all to understand the past and present, and shape the future. Some changes have already begun – so do come back and see what’s new.


What to expect – safety and hygiene

What will change from 19 July?

Greater Manchester Cultural Venues – COVID-19 Pledge: As theatres, museums and galleries across the city-region begin to re-open their doors and spring to life once again, as a sector, we want to reassure audiences and visitors alike that your health and wellbeing is our upmost priority. No two venues will respond to the introduction of Stage 4 of the Government’s ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ in exactly the same way. Our venues are different sizes, shapes and operate in different ways appropriate to the needs of those individual businesses. What is consistent, however, is the thrill and excitement our artists, production companies, staff and volunteers feel at the thought of being able to share great art and culture with you again face to face. It has been a tough old time, but we’re back, side by side and cannot wait for you to join us.

For Manchester Art Gallery, this means we will continue to ask staff and visitors to wear a face covering and be considerate of social distancing. Tickets will still be required for Grayson’s Art Club to allow us to manage the capacity in the exhibition spaces. Our teams will continue with our enhanced cleaning and sanitising procedures, and our café will continue to offer safe and simple ordering options.

Test and Trace

All visitors to the gallery must take part in the Test and Trace programme by either checking in through the NHS COVID-19 app, or by leaving your name and contact details with our welcome team. 

Do I need to wear a face mask?

If you can, we are asking you to wear a face covering during your visit. This is in line with government guidelines for busy public spaces. There’s more information about face masks and exemptions here.

Will Gallery staff be wearing protective equipment?

We have introduced PPE for our staff, some will wear face coverings or visors. Acrylic screens have been installed at points where there is face to face interaction between staff and visitors.

Are you checking temperatures?

We will not check your temperature upon entering the Gallery, although if you suspect that you may have a temperature we ask that you delay your visit until it is safe to do so. If this happens during your visit, we ask you to alert a member of staff.

How will I be able to social distance?

We have reduced the numbers of visitors in the gallery at any time and introduced a one way route to allow for social distancing. There are signs throughout the Gallery to remind you about these new measures.

Can I clean my hands?

Sanitiser stations are located at the entrances to the gallery and all our toilets have handwash facilities.

What to expect – our facilities

What about access?

Lifts are available for those who need them most. Lift occupancy is limited to 2 people per lift or for one household group.

Can I get a drink in the Café?

Yes, our café is open and serving hot and cold food, drinks and of course, cake! At the moment we are offering table service in line with government restrictions, our café team will be on hand to assist you on arrival. Reservations are not possible at this time. 

Are the toilets open?

Toilet facilities are available but with reduced capacity. Some toilet cubicles, urinals and sinks have been taken out of use to allow for social distancing.

Can I use a locker?

Our lockers are not available at the moment. We advise you to travel light and bring only what you need with you as you will have to carry it.

Is the shop open?

Yes, and we have lots of new products including a brand new gallery collection guide.
For health and safety reasons, all transactions must be by card only until further notice.

Can we visit as a group?

Groups of up to 6 people who you live with, (or are in a support bubble with) can visit in line with Local Government guidelines.


Please see our FAQs for full details about the changes we’ve made to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

During the days that we’re closed check out our online programme, or take a peek at our Instagram posts.