Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre

Bury Art Museum
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Housed in a distinctive Edwardian building, Bury Art Museum offers a welcoming, warm and friendly setting for visitors to enjoy art, (old and new), and discover the rich history of Bury and the surrounding area. Highlights from the art collection include 'Calais Sands' and 'Ehrenbreitstein' by JMW Turner; 'Spring Morning, Haverstock Hill' by Sir George Clausen; 'Different Horizons', blue neon light piece by Maurizio Nannucci; and 'Revolution of the 19th Century' and 'Essential Elements' by Pavel Büchler.

On the lower ground floor is a dedicated contemporary museum space which hosts a vibrant temporary exhibition programme based upon the museum's archaeology, ethnography, natural history, costume and social history collections.
This inspiring programme is supported by a wide range of family friendly activities and events which run throughout the year.

The Art Museum is also home to Bury Art Shop, which offers original artwork, jewellery and crafts at affordable prices, and Barney’s café which serves delicious coffee and homemade cakes.

Contemporary Art and International Touring Exhibitions

Committed to innovation, Bury Art Museum works with artists on a regular basis, and hosts the Text Festival which is an internationally recognised event investigating contemporary art practices including, poetry, text art, sound art and performance. Bury Art Museum also houses the Text Art Archive: the largest dedicated collection of original works of Language Art in the country. The Text Art Archive's aim is to stimulate critical thinking and writing in the field around the subject.

In addition, Bury has considerable experience in international practice and currently leads a consortium of North West museums in generating touring exhibitions from the region’s great art collections to send to galleries abroad. The consortium’s first exhibition, 'Toward Modernity: Three Centuries of British Art 'was launched in November 2012 and went on to tour six venues in China, including Beijing. The exhibition included prints, paintings, drawings and watercolours from across the region.

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Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday: 1000-1700
Saturday: 1000-1630
Sunday and Monday: Closed

Admission charges



Bury Art Museum was established in 1897, with a donation of over 200 oil paintings, watercolours, prints and ceramics collected by local paper manufacturer Thomas Wrigley. The Wrigley Gift represents some of the most successful and prominent artists of the industrialist’s day and include Edwin Henry Landseer's 'A Random Shot', John Constable's 'Hampstead Heath', George Clausen's 'Spring Morning, Haverstock Hill' and the star-piece, JMW Turner’s 'Calais Sands at Low Water: Poissards Collecting Bait'. Successive curators have added to Wrigley's legacy. There are twentieth-century paintings by artists such as Victor Pasmore and Edward Burra (watercolours), while the establishment of a picture purchase fund has allowed the collection to continue to develop into the twenty-first century. The current focus is on acquiring high-quality recent art, often commissioning work directly from the artist, rather than attempting to fill any perceived gaps in the existing collection.


The Museum opened as a cabinet of curiosities on the lower ground floor of the Art Gallery in October, 1907. The founding collections in the Museum consisted of non-local natural history, archaeology, geology and ethnography. This changed after 1974, when local government re-organisation created the Metropolitan Borough of Bury. The Museum collections developed to become an important local/social history resource representing all aspects of life in every part of the Borough. There are already around 60,000 objects in Bury’s Social History collections which are growing at a steady and fairly rapid rate.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • JMW Turner
  • George Clausen
  • Edwin Henry Landseer
  • John Constable
  • Victor Pasmore
  • Edward Burra
  • Pavel Buchler
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Familiarisation tours

We also offer one-to-one familiarisation sessions which can be booked in advance to help you find out more information about the artworks and objects on display. These sessions may be particular if you are planning a self-guided visit.

How to obtain

Drop into the museum or ring 0161 253 5878.

Loan boxes

We have 3 education loans boxes that cover the topics of Home Front WW2, Victorian Kitchen and Toys. The loans boxes are free and can be borrowed for a maximum period of two weeks. Loans boxes must be booked in advance, telephone 0161 253 5878 to book a loans box.

How to obtain

Loans boxes must be booked in advance, telephone 0161 253 5878 to book a loans box.

Museum staff led sessions

These cover a range of subjects including Portraits, Gallery Explorers, World War II and the Victorians. Some sessions are free and others carry a small fee. These sessions can be booked on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday 10.00 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 15.00. Please note that these are the usual slots for a workshop but other times may be negotiable.
The sessions are normally 1 hour 30 minutes, but this can be altered to suit requirements.

How to obtain

Please ring 0161 253 5878.

Self-Guided tours

You are welcome to bring a group for a self-guided visit at anytime. However, we ask that you always ring in advance to let us know when you are planning to visit and inform us of the size of your group so that we can help you make the most of your visit and inform you of the most suitable times.

How to obtain

Please ring 0161 253 5878.

Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre
Moss Street





0161 253 5878

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