Warrington Museum and Art Gallery

Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
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Museum & Art Gallery




01925 442733

Exhibition Office

01925 442396

Collections Office

01925 443536/442390



01925 443257

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Warrington Museum 1855
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One of the oldest municipal museums in the country, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Much of the quintessential character of the building has been preserved and its original glass cabinets are crammed with treasures from all around the world. Located above the Central Library, the purpose of the Museum & Art Gallery is to inspire, challenge, stimulate and entertain its visitors and to encourage learning in all its forms.

Part of Culture Warrington - a charitable cultural trust operating Pyramid & Parr Hall arts centre and theatre and Warrington Museum & Art Gallery -The Museum & Art Gallery offers both leisure and life-long learning opportunities for all individuals.

Galleries feature a wealth of material on the natural world including child-friendly hands-on activities and the town's very own dinosaur. Also popular are the local and social history galleries featuring new displays on the industries that shaped the town and a fascinating 'Time Tunnel' complete with hands on history activities for younger visitors.

Warrington's excellent art collections, including work by internationally famous artists, are displayed throughout the building.

Warrington Museum's most popular exhibits however have to be the beautifully decorated Egyptian sarcophagus and Egyptian mummy.

The Art Gallery exhibitions provide an exciting range of temporary exhibitions. Past shows have featured work by Tracy Emin, Damian Hurst and Sam Taylor-Wood. The temporary exhibitions regularly feature local groups and work with local artists with the programme changing every 4 months. Further temporary exhibitions are available at Pyramid arts centre just a 2 minute walk down the road.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 10.00 - 16.30
Sat 10.00 - 16.00

Closed: Sun
Public Holidays
Christmas Day Boxing Day
New Year's Day

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Law and Order, Maritime, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Phones 4U by Jan Newhouse (detail)

Look Closer

  • 26 July — 20 September 2014 *on now

A new art exhibition at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery. This family friendly art exhibition showcases a selection of seemingly unrelated paintings from the Museum's collection and invites you to look closer...

Artists include James Aitken, Clinton Cahill, Jacob Huysmans, James Lawrence Isherwood, Thomas Lound, L.S.Lowry, Ford Maddox-Brown, John Middleton, Jan Newhouse, Frank Opmam, Harry Thomason, John “Christmas” Thompson, Reginald Waywell and Henry Woods, as well as an unknown artist.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children



The Cabinet of Curiosities at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

The Cabinet of Curiosities

  • 25 January 2014 — 30 December 2019 *on now

January 25th 2014 saw the long awaited public opening of Warrington Museum’s Cabinet of Curiosities Gallery. The Museum began working on the Cabinet of Curiosities project back in 2007 when we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the opening of the building. It was a key moment to raise the profile of one of the earliest public museums in the country and crucially to refocus it for the 21st Century.

This exciting project is all thanks to a grant of £672, 500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to turn Warrington Museum’s Gallery 7 (the old Bird Room) into an exciting new space to showcase some of the bizarre and wonderful items in the Museum’s collections and involve local people in creating the new displays.

Under the guidance of leading conservation architects Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams the main contractors Conlon have transformed the space with much hard work behind the scenes from Museum staff but with minimum disruption to the public. Museum staff have faced a race against time in the last four months to fill the high specification display cases installed by Meyvaert who have worked on major projects such as the historic Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Behind the scenes the museum team were busy making the final selection of objects for the new displays to create the atmosphere of a traditional Cabinet of Curiosities

Over 80 colourful birds and other taxidermy items have been primped and preened by specialist natural history conservators ready for their starring role. They are displayed alongside old favourites such as the Woolston seal and more exotic creatures like the giant anteater in a new interpretation of the old gallery’s menagerie.

See http://www.culture24.org.uk/science-and-nature/science-history/art466342 for more information

Suitable for

  • Any age



Hot Bed Press exhibition at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

The Hot Bed Press Printmakers' Studio: 20

  • 14 June — 16 September 2014 *on now

The renowned Hot Bed Press Printmakers' Studio celebrates its 20th birthday with a new exhibition featuring the work of 20(ish) different artists. To coincide with the exhibition, the Museum will host the five-week School of Print where you can experience printmaking for yourself. Under the guidance of Hot Bed Press tutors you can learn all about a whole range of printmaking techniques including monoprint, drypoint and gum arabic transfer.

Exhibiting artists: Arthur Burns, Dominique Byron, Lisa Clare, Freda Mary Davis, Peter Davis, Kate Downes, Cathy Ferns, Oliver Flude, Katy Hollinshead, Samuel Horsley, Gwilym Hughes, Karen Joyce, Martin Kochany, Gemma Lacey, Kiran Lee, Anne Lyus, Tina Mabey, Mark Moseley, Jennifer A Nuttall, Lesley Pangburn, John Pindar, Jayne Sherlock, Jacqui Symons, Lorraine Tolmie and Ruth Wharton.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
The Great War: Personal Responses

The Great War: Personal Responses

  • 28 June — 20 September 2014 *on now

Seen through the filter of collective recollection, documentary accounts and family histories, this exhibition represents the personal responses of the Cheshire Artists’ Network to World War One.

The participating artists have worked with the relatives and loved ones of people affected by the conflict. They hope that by preserving their memories in this exhibition they can pay their respects to those who paid the price for our freedom.

Cheshire Artists’ Network is an organisation of over 50 professional visual artists who live and work in the county. For a commentary of this touring exhibition and to find out more about the group and their activities, please visit their website at www.c-a-n.co.uk

Exhibiting artists: Sandra Christie, Tony Evans, Sam Houston, Jo Jenkins, Anne Johnson, Derek Johnson, Julia Midgley, Julie Scott, Francis Seba-Smith and Adrian Sumner.

Suitable for

  • Any age