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COVID-19 Update

In line with the latest government advice, the Whitworth is temporarily closed.

Temporary Closure

The Whitworth is currently closed until further notice.

Following the government announcement that England is entering a period of additional restrictions, the Whitworth is temporarily closed from Thursday 5 November 2020, until further notice.

We hope to reopen, in a partial way at first, on Wednesday 19 May 2021 in line with the four-step roadmap set by the Government.

During this temporary closure, the gallery and cafe will remain closed to visitors and all upcoming events are cancelled or postponed. As always the health and wellbeing of our staff, visitors, volunteers, and our community are our first priority.

While the gallery is closed Whitworth Park and the Art Garden remains open to enjoy, and our FREE digital programme of activities for all ages The Whitworth at Home continues online.

 If you prefer offline activities, Whitworth Park remains open with spring flowers in bloom for you to enjoy and connect with nature.

Please check in with the gallery’s website and Opening Times and follow us on social media over the days and weeks to come for further information and updates.

Stay safe, we hope to welcome you back soon.

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

Updated: Wednesday 31 March 2021


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, from Thursday 5 November 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.