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COVID-19 Update

We're delighted to announce that we'll be reopening on Wednesday 16 September

COVID-19 Update

Reopening on Wednesday 16 September 2020

Thank you for checking in with the Whitworth.

We’re glad to hear the government announcement that museums can reopen from 4 July. However, for the time being, the Whitworth will remain closed.

After six long months with our doors closed, we're delighted to announce that we'll be reopening on Wednesday 16 September.

From Wednesday 16 September we're partially reopening, with new opening times. Everyone who visits us will need a ticket in advance. Capacity will be limited so timed tickets must be booked in advance. Details of how to book tickets will be in place from early September. Please check back here and follow us on social media for regular updates.

Although we're eager to return and can't wait to welcome people back to the gallery, before we reopen we need to put safeguards in place. We're working on this process now and following government guidelines to ensure our visitors, staff and volunteers can be safe when we re-open.

The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers remain our priority. The Whitworth is part of and supported by The University of Manchester, and we are re-opening in line with the University's guidelines and working with cultural venues in the city to do this as soon as possible. In the meantime, Whitworth Park remains open.

Please check back here and follow us on social media for regular updates.

(Updated: Thursday 27 August 2020)


COVID-19 Statement

Caring for the health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our priority. Following careful consideration and advice from Public Health England on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we will remain closed until further notice.

For the time being, Whitworth Park is open to the public for exercise and wellbeing on the understanding that people follow government guidelines and follow social distancing protocols and keep at least 2 metres or 6 feet apart.

Along with venues small and large across the city, we’ll be working behind the scenes to ensure that our programme of exhibitions and events will be up and running and better than ever for you when we open again. In the meantime, we will be opening up the gallery digitally with a programme that will bring art to people in their homes, at work, or on the move – so watch out for live streams and more.

As this is a rapidly changing situation, we will respond accordingly and up to date information will be published here on our website and across social media.

The gallery and park have been playing a part in civic life since 1889, with people using the collections and activities for social benefit; to enrich the mind, body and spirit. We will continue this mission throughout this period of time and look forward to emerging on the other side of this when we will need our galleries and museums more than ever.

Until we can welcome you back, stay safe, stay well and find joy and beauty where you can.