Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum

Worcester City Art Gallery
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Housed in a beautiful Victorian building in the heart of Worcester, the City Art Gallery & Museum runs a lively programme of exhibitions, activities and events for all the family.

The gallery presents a changing programme of contemporary art and craft exhibitions. Our Museum Gallery showcases an amazing array of objects and displays covering geology and natural history as well as Worcester industries. There is also a selection of 19th and 20th century paintings, prints, and photographs on display. Visitors can discover the colourful collections of uniforms, medals and pictures from the independent museums of the Worcestershire Regiment and the Yeomanry Cavalry.

On the first Monday of each month 11am-3pm, the gallery opens its doors to Steward's Chemist Shop. This store has been dismantled from the High Street and moved piece by piece to the museum.

The museum has an activity space and runs a regular programme of art workshops for children and adults, as well as artist led events for schools and adults. Visitors can enjoy a cappuccino or light lunch in the airy surroundings of the balcony cafe or visit the gallery shop which has a superb selection of cards, books and gifts.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed

Admission charges

Free admission to Museum and Art Gallery - Charges for some workshops and lectures. Contact the gallery on 01905 25371 for information.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The British Camp and Herefordshire Beacon by Henry Harris Lines

Enquiring Minds

  • 14 January — 11 November 2017 *on now

Date: 14th January 2017 - 11th November 2017
Every day
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: City Art Gallery and Museum
Cost: Free

Visitors can discover and celebrate this rather special period from Worcester's past in this exhibition drawn from the museum collection and some special items on loan.

Seemingly impossible engineering feats, global wildlife explorations, early investigations into iron-age man, world-renowned artist sketching trips: all these amazing activities were happening in Worcester a hundred and fifty years ago. Worcester was a burgeoning cultural city in a busy changing landscape.

Exhibition highlights are drawings by naturalist John Gould, land- and cityscape watercolours by artist HH Lines and local artefacts discovered by famous archaeologist Pitt Rivers.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17





A painting of a man on horseback crossing a grassy common

David Cox and his Contemporaries

  • 11 February — 3 June 2017 *on now

Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of David Cox and his contemporaries Turner and Constable in an exhibition exploring Cox's position in the great age of British watercolour painting.

Discover the vibrant art scene of the West Midlands during the nineteenth century through the work of Birmingham born David Cox. Renowned for his landscape paintings, this exhibition explores the artists that influenced Cox, as well as the influence that his own work and writing had on watercolour painting, landscape art and the vibrant artistic communities of the Midlands. Bringing together Worcester's amazing collection of paintings by Cox with works high profile loans by Turner and Constable from the British Museum, this exhibition uses rarely displayed artworks to explore Cox's place as a world class artist. Taking the story of making and collecting art into the 21st century, the exhibition will also host work by recent graduates as part of New Art West Midlands 2017, accompanied by a selection of works from the Worcester City collection acquired through the Contemporary Art Society.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age





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.
The Battle of Worcester, 3 September 1651  Thomas Woodward (1801–1852)

Bite-sized talk: Thomas Woodward and 'The Battle of Worcester'

  • 9 May 2017 1-1:30pm

Join us for a lunch-time talk and discover The stories of artist and subject behind one of the most iconic paintings in Worcester's collection - Thomas Woodward's 'The Battle of Worcester.'

We recommend you book tickets in advance at the Art Gallery desk or on 01905 25371, although there are a small number of tickets available on the day. We try to repeat the talk where possible if we receive more bookings than there are places.

If you would like to find out more about the museum collections and exhibitions, join the Museums Worcestershire curators on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for our series of lunchtime talks.

Date: 09th May 2017
Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Location: City Art Gallery and Museum

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Cost: £2 per person - 01905 25371

Talk attendees also receive a 10 percent discount in the beautiful Balcony Café.



Suz Winspear reading poetry at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

Museum after Hours

  • 19 May 2017 5:30-8pm

New for 2017! The perfect way to end the week...

Come and enjoy the museum after hours with live music, poetry, drinks... and of course art!

This May we will have fabulous live music from Fiddlebop - FiddleBop plays hot jazz swing with gypsy zing! Sparkling songs; terrific tunes; the wit, repartee and banter of the rip-roaring 1930s... brought bang up to date.

There will be live poetry from Ruth Stacey, a Worcestershire 'poet, writer, lecturer and book geek', whose poems "evoke voices long silenced, and the very essence of these past lives and the ages in which they were lived" (Alison Weir)

The popular David Cox and his Contemporaries exhibition will be open, celebrating the life, work and influence of one of the West Midland's greatest painters. Visit a rarely seen collection of paintings by David Cox alongside beautiful artworks by Constable and Turner from the British Museum.

Free entry, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free entry



Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Foregate Street






01905 25371


01905 616979

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