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Manchester Art Gallery
Art to get excited about
One of the country's finest art collections in spectacular Victorian and contemporary surroundings. The gallery's recent £35 million transformation has enabled the collection to be presented to visitors in imaginative new ways.
Highlights include outstanding pre-Raphaelite paintings, craft and design and early 20thC British art. Exciting exhibitions programme, there is a wide range of events, from talks and tours to hands-on activities for both children and adults. Superb visitor facilities include 2 cafes, large shop and full disabled access.
In 2010 Manchester Art Gallery were delighted to be shortlisted for the coveted Guardian Family Friendly Museum of the Year award. There's so much on offer for families, including the Clore Interactive Gallery, free family friendly resources and facilities and a popular cafe which offers children's meals. You are also sure of a warm welcome from gallery staff: if you need anything, just ask.
Free family backpacks are available for family groups with children aged between 7 and 12. For those with younger children aged 3 - 6, try an explorer tool belt. There are plenty of tools to help you explore the gallery including binoculars, magnifying glasses, spot cards and much more.
There are also have new story bags for families. Each bag contains a story to read, a blanket to sit on and activities to play with. There are four to choose from; colour, line, texture and shape.
Facilities for families
For buggies, there's a ramp leading to the main entrance on Mosley Street. There are lifts to all floors or you can leave your buggy in the ground floor cloakroom. Baby changing and toilets available.