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

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/events/event/175/enquiring_minds

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

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/site/scripts/events_info.php?location=City+Art+Gallery+and+Museum

The Worcestershire Regiment at the Battle of Passchendaele

  • 31 July — 31 October 2017

The Worcestershire Regiment at the Battle of Passchendaele, temporary exhibition at the Worcester Soldier Gallery.

Monday to Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm. Sunday and Bank Holidays: Closed

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Worcester Soldier Gallery

Website

https://worcestershiresoldier.org/

The Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars at Huj, 1917

  • 15 October — 15 December 2017

A temporary exhibition featuring the story of the last charge by British Cavalry, namely The Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars, to capture Turkish guns at Huj in Palestine. 

Monday to Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm. Sunday and Bank Holidays: Closed

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Worcester Soldier Gallery

Website

https://worcestershiresoldier.org/

The War to End all Wars

  • 3 February — 11 November 2018

From industry to the military, fashion to food, discover how the First World War changed the lives of Worcestershire people and shaped the future of the 20th century. 

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/info/2/city_art_gallery_and_museum

Benjamin Williams Leader: Blest by the Suns of Home

  • 17 February — 2 June 2018

Through the work of Worcester's most famous artist, Benjamin Williams Leader, discover how the British landscape took on new emotional importance during World War One as a landscape worth fighting for. 

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/info/2/city_art_gallery_and_museum

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 Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars at Huj, 1917

  • 26 October 2017 10:30am-4:30pm

To accompany the exhibition telling the story of the last charge by British Cavalry, Stamford Cartwright will give a talk about the Charge and the role of The Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars.

Monday to Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm. Sunday and Bank Holidays: Closed

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Worcester Soldier Gallery

Admission

£5

Website

https://worcestershiresoldier.org/

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Foregate Street
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR1 1DT
England

Website

https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/info/2/city_art_gallery_and_museum

E-mail

gallerymuseum@worcestershire.gov.uk

Telephone

01905 25371

Fax

01905 616979

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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