Part of Warrington's History and a good place to learn about Warrington.
There are a lot of old fashion displays that date form the era of collecting curiosities from around the world that are not relevant to Warrington or it's history.
They have space for changing displays of a diverse nature.
If you've not visited then it is highly recommended. If you have then keep an eye open for some of the changing exhibitions.
The latest is
"A rare opportunity to see the work of this amazingly talented New York based artist. Well-known for his introspective urban art, Elbow-Toe's gallery work focuses on portraiture and abstract narrative and is primarily executed in collage. These intricate collages at first glance might be mistaken for paintings given that they have a fluidity rarely seen in collages. Whilst his work has a very unique style it draws on a rich history of figurative painting and has qualities reminiscent
of Freud, Bacon and Soutine."
For a small town museum, there is a lot going on here. Although my children are now well-grown, we still take others children here as most Warringtonians don't visit it. Such a shame, as this has four floors of the most wonderful exhibits around. It would take a few days to see all that is on display and there are many more in storage!
Particularly impressive are the Egyptian and Natural History sections. There are also a number of superb grandfather clocks dotted about the spaces and, often, examples of local artists' works.
Since a few years ago, when the entrance area was completely revamped to incorporate a disabled lift, the access is excellent and the foyer is much more welcoming.
All of the attendants are extremely knowledgable and will direct you to whatever you wish to see with the minimum of fuss.
I liked the museum but the kids were a bit bored to be honest.
They love Liverpool Museum so it isn't the fact that they would rather be in wacky warehouse than a museum.
Felt a little cramped and was over quite quickly.
As this is a small museum I understand it wont be huge.
The art section wasn't very inspiring, as an art lover I felt it was a little lacking.
Good for how small it is, but not very interesting for small children.
Warrington Museum is a special and increasingly rare example of a traditional Victorian style ethnographic collection. Whilst the modern galleries cater for the modern interactive, hands on, and child-friendly approach to exhibitions, my favourite parts of the museum are the older Natural History and Ethnographic Galleries. These are like stepping into a time machine, going back to when British explorers still visited some of the more remote and dangerous parts of the world. They have a wonderful collection of animal specimens including fish, frogs, birds and snakes. They have an Egyptian mummy which other reviewers have mentioned and also a huge selection of geological and botanical samples. All of these are presented in traditional glass fronted cases with hand written labels. This whole place should be preserved as a monument to a bygone age.
A fabulous museum that had my 4 year old twin boys utterly enthralled. They loved it and couldn't the things that were in there. They got so excited. There was also an absolutely superb display of paintings and art from local high schools. Wonderful.
got children who get bored easily? not got cash to take them anywhere? then this is the place for you, it's free to visit, lots of exhibitions, egyptian mummies, fossils, stuffed animals, Warington's very own prehistoric animal, (sorry forgot what ist called), paintings, displays by various local artists, there is also a hotdrinks vending machine, and a gift shop,
A great museum and art gallery with regular exhibitions which are well worth visiting. They champion local people & artists. Its well run and a lovely building too to visit. Free and definitely worth taking visitors who are new to the area.
Travel through time and around the world at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, one of the oldest museums in the country. Opened in 1857, 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.
Established in 1857.
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery is located on Bold Street in the Cultural Quarter of Warrington, in a Grade II listed building which it shares with the town's Central Library. The Museum and the Library originally opened in 1848 as the first rate-supported library in the UK, before moving to their current premises in 1858. The art galleries were subsequently added in 1877 and 1931. The museum is now operated by Culture Warrington.
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