Victorian Gallery

Victorian Gallery © Nick Harrison

Victorian Gallery

Due to ongoing building works the Victorian Gallery will be periodically closed. Please call us on 0161 778 0800 prior to travelling to check if the gallery is open to avoid disappointment. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Permanent gallery

Relax amidst the splendour of our Victorian Gallery and admire the paintings, decorative art and fine art.

From the re-decoration and re-hanging of Victorian artworks, the gallery now includes all the old favourites previously on display, as well as works from our stores.

In keeping with the Victorian museum experience we will also be displaying all sorts of objects in our cabinets of curiosity - showcasing some of the weird and wonderful things our Victorian museum curators collected!

All of our oil paintings can be viewed online on the BBC Your Paintings website

Embroidery works

You might spot a new addition to the gallery on your next visit. 

For the sake of conservation we have taken down the watercolours from the Victorian Gallery to rest them, as long exposure to light can damage the works. In their place we have hung some intricate and detailed embroideries which were created in the 19th century. Find out more.

"It was magical. I had such a good time. I would recommend going".