Manchester Art Gallery


We’re getting ready to open!

We’re planning on reopening the Gallery on 19 May. And we’ve been busy getting things ready to welcome you back. This is, of course, subject to the Government giving us the green light. 
Initially we will be open 10am–4pm 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
If you can’t wait to see Grayson’s Art Club, this is very popular so you will need to book a free ticket for this. But be quick – tickets up to 20 June are booking fast! Book Now! The need for tickets for entry after 21 June is dependent on the Government’s roadmap and the lifting of restrictions. If restrictions aren’t lifted, ticketing will be necessary and tickets will be released two weeks before 21 June.

The exhibition has been extended until 31st October so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to visit. 

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
While our doors are closed, 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 cannot wait to reopen and look forward to welcoming you to the Gallery as soon as we can.

(6 May 2021)

Opening hours

Free and open to all

Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Last entry 3.30pm.

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

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 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.