Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
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Museum & Art Gallery
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 Libary, the purpose of the Museum and Art Gallery is to inspire, challenge, stimulate and entertain its visitors and to encourage learning in all its forms.
The Museum and Art Gallery offers both leisure and life-long learning opportunities for all indiviuals.
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 exhibition galleries provide an exciting range of temporary exhibitions. Past shows have featured work by Tracy Emin, Damian Hurst and Sam Taylor-Wood. The temporary exhibtions regularly feature local groups and work with local artists with the programme changing every 4 months.
Mon-Fri 10.00 - 16.30
Sat 10.00 - 16.00
Christmas Day Boxing Day
New Year's Day
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
Hold the Front Page! 160 years of the Warrington Guardian
- 14 September 2013 — 11 January 2014 *on now
How much do you really know about your local paper? This exhibition explores the history of the Warrington Guardian as it celebrates its 160th anniversary. From the sinking of the Tayleur to the Warrington bombings, the exhibition features information not just on the history of the paper, but also on the town itself, as well as interviews with journalists and pictures from the archives.
- Any age
Polly Morgan: Curiouser and Curiouser
- 19 October 2013 — 11 January 2014 *on now
An exhibition by the UK’s leading contemporary taxidermy artist. Hailed as Britain’s top taxidermist by street artist Banksy, fans of Polly’s work include Damien Hirst and Kate Moss. Polly is one of the most collectable artists of her generation and was Tim Marlow’s nomination for best up-and-coming artist.
As part of the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2013 there will also be a rare opportunity to attend a taxidermy talk and demonstration by the artist on Saturday 16 November at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery – for more information about this event please see the Museum's website.
All taxidermied animals in the exhibition, and the demonstration, are either road casualties or have been donated to the artist by pet owners and vets after natural or unpreventable deaths.
- Not suitable for children
Crafternoons at the Museum!
- 6 April — 21 December 2013 *on now
Free craft activities for kids every Saturday from 1pm! Try your hand at one of our craft activities. There’s something different to try at the Museum every Saturday afternoon!
Suitable for ages 3-12. All children must be accompanied by an adult.