Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

The fish & reptiles gallery at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
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One of the oldest local 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 which also operates Pyramid arts centre and the Parr Hall theatre - Warrington 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, Damien 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.
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



Sleeping Beauty by E.F Brewtnall

Warrington Art Treasures 2017-2018

  • 16 September 2017 — 21 April 2018 *on now

This is the first of three special exhibitions celebrating special events in the history of Warrington Museum and especially the opening of main Art Gallery in October 1877.

From its creation in 1848 Warrington Museum has amassed significant collections including works by prominent local Victorian artists who acquired a national reputation as regular exhibitors at the Royal Academy.

From late 2017 through 2018 Warrington Art Treasures are showcased in a series of exhibitions marking a joint celebration of RA 250 and landmarks in the creation of the oldest public museum in the North-West of England which was also home to the Warrington School of Art from 1857. Sir Samuel Luke Fildes, its most famous pupil, progressed from illustrating for Dickens and the Graphic Magazine, to leading social-realist artist, confidant of Millais and Lord Leighton, to society portrait painter and respected Royal Academician. His brother-in-law, Henry Woods’ Venetian genre paintings were a regular highlight of Royal Academy exhibitions and also feature in many public collections. Meanwhile local sculptor John Warrington Wood was a prominent member of the Roman arts scene and was honoured by the creation of the museum’s Art Gallery in 1877 to house a specially commissioned work.

Also featured are works by local artists Edward Frederick Brewtnall, alongside works by other Royal Academy exhibitors, including Walter Langley and Frank Brangwyn.

Suitable for

  • Any age





Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
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Warrington Museum & Art Gallery




01925 442399

Exhibition Office

01925 442396

Collections Office

01925 443536/442390

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