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The Whitworth is home to an internationally important collection of more than 60,000 works of art, textiles and wallpapers.

This extensive and eclectic collection ranges from outstanding groups of works on paper to textiles spanning nearly 2000 years, wallpapers made for the mass market, a unique collection of Outsider Art and international contemporary works. Dynamic and changing, we continue to expand our collection through gifts and purchases.

Works from across our collections can be seen on display in our galleries, visit our exhibitions pages to find out more about our current and upcoming exhibitions. While many of our exhibitions are made up from works in our permanent collection, to ensure proper conservation of our artworks, we do not have any artworks on permanent display.

Why not visit our online shop for a range of publications, products and prints and delve deeper into our collections from home.

We are working to make searching our collections even better. We are currently developing a new online collections search. While we are doing this, we have temporarily closed our online searchable database. This will relaunch in 2024.

Our online collections search might be temporarily closed but you can still browse some collection highlights via the Bridgeman images website.