Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
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.
Museum, Gallery, Archive
Mon-Fri 10.00 - 16.30
Sat 10.00 - 16.00
Christmas Day Boxing Day
New Year's Day
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
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
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NOW / fear of the unknown
- 6 April — 15 June 2019 *on now
Taking Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror as their starting point for inspiration, the work explores the pressures that are put on the students either by society or themselves at this point in their artistic and academic careers.
The students have worked as a professional collective for the project, gaining valuable work-based learning alongside their academic studies at college. Each of them has approached the project with their own ideas, concepts and beliefs about what is the next stage of their lives. Subjects explored include self-identity and social conformity, while the work on display combines traditional and non traditional media including interactive installations.
Alice Cornelia: Back Now
- 13 April — 22 June 2019 *on now
Back Now explores mediums of social representation with the aim of exposing gaps in our visual information. The body of work questions boundaries between documentary and fiction, with a playful relationship between representation and abstraction and between moving image and the still image. The work invites a discussion into the process of representation through collective memory and material reality.
Pip Woolf: Matter of Identity
- 29 June — 21 September 2019
Pip spent a year as artist in residence in an EMI Care home, 5 years alongside her friend and neighbour who was in the last stages of Alzeimher’s. She then worked with scientists at Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester, and at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre and had her brain scanned at University College London.
Pip’s researches offer an answer to the initial question, confirming the value of play and improvisation, reminding her of the creative energy embodied in our individual differences and a realisation of the enduring nature of identity. Matter of identity is a celebration of what it is to be human.
Peace at Last
- 10 November 2018 — 1 June 2019 *on now
After the prolonged strain and anxiety of war, Warrington abandoned itself to rejoicing on November 11th 1918 when according to the Warrington Guardian, "As by a common instinct the people made their way to the front of the Town Hall ...where the Mayor formally announced the completion of the Armistice and paid fitting tribute to the valour of Warrington’s sons in the fighting Force, and there was much cheering, singing and general jubilation. Sailors and soldiers arm in arm and singing well-known airs made their way good humouredly through the streets."
Peace at Last will be the final First World War commemorative exhibition providing visitors with the opportunity to explore what life was like for soldier’s returning home from the horrors of the war and how life for Warrington’s inhabitants had changed for ever.
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