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



Commemorative display for the Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo

  • 10 June — 31 October 2015 *on now

The 18th June 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Waterloo. This was the final battle of the long running Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) fought between the French Empire and their European opponents. It brought over 20 years of conflict in Europe to an end and left a lasting legacy on the world.

After nearly 11 hours of fighting, French armies led by Napoleon were defeated by coalition armies under the Duke of Wellington and General Blücher. It marked the end of the Emperor Napoleon’s final bid for power, the so-called ’100 Days’ and was the final chapter in what was a remarkable career.

To help commemorate this event the Museum has put together a display of collection items from both the Museum and archives. It is located in the ‘under stairs’ area off the main Large Art Gallery and is one of many events that are being held by a range of organisations in the UK throughout 2015.

The display supports the ‘Waterloo 200’ Project which is the official body recognised by the UK government to support the commemoration. ‘Waterloo 200’ is supporting a range of activities, from a service of commemoration at St Paul’s Cathedral to the restoration of Hougoumont Chateau on the Waterloo battlefield in Belgium.



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Takeover Day

  • 21 November 2015

Invite local class to try out 3 areas: Front of House, Writing and leading tour and collection work

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

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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