Manchester Art Gallery


We’re closed for now

According to the government’s four-step ‘roadmap’ to lifting lockdown, museums and galleries across England will open in Step 3 – at the earliest from 17 May. There is a minimum of 5 weeks between each step, and progress towards Step 3 is dependent on infections continuing to decrease. Therefore, whilst we hope to be able to open at the earliest possible moment, we will be keeping a close eye on what happens during Step 1, and its impact on the proposed movement to Step 2 on 12 April. If this happens without delay, we can be reasonably confident about opening in May.
Free tickets for Grayson’s Art Club will be available at least 2 weeks before reopening- as soon as we know the definite opening date.
Look out for announcements on social media and our website or sign up to our mailing list sign (via our website). Better still, become a Friend of Manchester Art Gallery and get 24 hour advance notice of ticket releases. You can sign up today at
The exhibition has been extended until 31st October so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to visit. 
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.

(1 March 2021)

Opening hours

Free and open to all

Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 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

We’ve cancelled ticket booking for now. When we’re clearer about a reopening date, we’ll have more information here about booking.

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 before deciding to open on Wednesdays too.


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.

Coming soon

We’re really excited to announce that in partnership with Channel 4 and Swan Films, we’ll be launching the exhibition of Grayson’s Art Club – one of the most inspiring programmes to emerge out of lockdown – on 25 November. #graysonsartclub

What to expect – safety and hygiene

Test and Trace

Your name and contact details will be required as part of the online booking. If you come to the gallery without a timed ticket booking, you will be asked to provide your name and a contact telephone number.

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?

A sanitiser station is located at the entrance to the gallery on Mosley Street 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?

The Gallery Café will not be open. We hope to open it soon.

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.