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The Whitworth

The Whitworth

The Whitworth is proudly part of the University of Manchester and serves as a bridge between the University and the people of the city – a place to meet, play and learn in public.

Its mission is to use art for social change: it was founded in 1889 as The Whitworth Institute and Park in memory of the industrialist Sir Joseph Whitworth for ‘the perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester’.

The Whitworth reopened to the public in 2015 after a major £17 million redevelopment by architects MUMA. The redevelopment doubled the public space and created state-of-the-art new facilities to house the collection of over 55,000 works of art and included expanded gallery spaces, a study centre, a learning studio and a collections centre. The gallery was crowned Art Fund Museum of the Year 2015, was nominated for the prestigious Stirling Prize and named Best Emerging Cultural Destination in Europe.

Opening hours
Monday to Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday 10am-9pm
Friday to Sunday 10am-5pm
Closed on 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Open as usual on all other bank holidays.

Free and open to all

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