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Top 5 art museums in Manchester

Manchester is known for being alternative and incredibly arty as well. Music gripped the city for years with Oasis, Joy Division, Stone Roses, and many more all hailing from the great city. You only have to go around the Northern Quarter and experience the bohemian vibe of the city through its fashion and graffitied walls. The city is diverse from Spinningdfields having some of the best forex brokers there to fanatical football fans descending on Old Trafford or the Etihad.

The Whitworth re development Architecture Images Photography by Alan Williams

However, it is also home to some of the best art museums in the country, and if you ever find yourself in manchester be sure to check out some of the excellent exhibitions they have on. With exhibits constantly changing you will want to make sure you look online at all the best ones coming.

No better place to start than on Mosley Street. The Manchester Art gallery is home to many different types of art ranging from classical to more modern interpretations. The gallery is constantly changing its exhibitions to keep visitors happy and engaged. For example currently at the gallery is an exhibition about climate change and also one about how hot drinks changed our lives. It is diverse and something for everyone.

Situated right in the heart of Manchester you will not have to go far to find the building with has some amazing experts working there. 

  1. Manchester Art Gallery

No better place to start than on Mosley Street. The Manchester Art gallery is home to many different types of art ranging from classical to more modern interpretations. The gallery is constantly changing its exhibitions to keep visitors happy and engaged. For example currently at the gallery is an exhibition about climate change and also one about how hot drinks changed our lives. It is diverse and something for everyone.

Situated right in the heart of Manchester you will not have to go far to find the building with has some amazing experts working there. 

  1. Whitworth Art Gallery

Some consider this the best art gallery in Manchester and tourists and locals alike visit this every single year with the same view. Situated in Whitworth Park, the gallery takes on ideas of old and new (very much like Manchester itself).

The gallery is immersive and thought-provoking. The exhibitions will pull at the heartstrings whilst getting you thinking at the same time. A great day out at The Whitworth is guaranteed every single time you visit. 

  1. The Lowry

Just on the outskirts of Manchester in Salford, The Lowry is already a stunning-looking building and houses some of the best art. With lots of shows on all the time at the Lowry from dance to theatre to children’s entertainment, the art can sometimes get overlooked.

However, it has the largest collection of work by the namesake of the building; L.S Lowry. Lowry was born in Stretford, Manchester, and is a well-loved artist of the city with his matchstick figures often depicted in industrial Salford or Pendlebury. 

So grab a tram and head over to the Quays for some excellent art and culture. 

  1. Islington Mill

Again in Salford, Islington Mill is a superb six-story Georgian Mill that is home to some of the most up-and-coming artists that the city has to offer. This independent company believes that through a DIY ethos, they are building a platform for future emerging artists. This is certainly the case and talented artists are getting recognised more often than not through their work being shown at Islington Mill.

With the DIY ethos and industrial feel of the old mill, the two complement each other incredibly well. More than 50 businesses and 100 artists are based at Islington Mill. 

Keep an eye out for interactive exhibitions to really feel involved with the project. 

  1. Castlefield Art gallery

Another great space in Manchester that houses some amazing talent and one that continues to spread art around the city. Castlefield Art gallery promotes contemporary visual arts and is well known across the city for the fantastic work it has on show.


Currently, Castfeild has welcomed two new artists Matthew Bamber and Ivy Kalungi, two artists who explore how images, objects, and bodies hold memories of both personal and social histories

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