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Guidelines update: 9 September 2021

Great news!

You no longer need to pre-book tickets to visit the Whitworth and can just turn up on the day.

Additional safety measures will also remain in place, including monitoring our capacity and recommending face mask use (unless exempt), for the time being. Hand sanitiser stations are located at the entrance and throughout the gallery and our toilets are all open for you to use. We will continue to review these safety recommendations and adjust them as needed.

Our Exhibitions, Galleries, Cafe, and Shop are open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm

We look forward to welcoming you to the Whitworth, Art Garden and Park.


What are your new opening hours?

We are open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.


What will I be able to see?

We are fully open with extended opening times and a new exhibition, Forensic Architecture as part of Manchester International Festival, #MIF21 

Find out more about our current exhibitions

Please note as the gallery will only be partially open many works will not be accessible – even if the online collection search indicates that they are on display. If you’re planning to make a visit to see a specific work, it is worth calling first to check: 0161 275 7450.

How long can I stay?

We think you should be able to see everything in about 30 minutes, though you’re welcome to stay longer.

If I just turn up will I be allowed in?

Yes, that's fine. You no longer need to pre-book tickets to visit the Whitworth and can just turn up on the day.

If you have any special access requirements, please call us on 0161 275 7450 and we’ll be happy to help. We’d be grateful if people only call this number if it is absolutely essential as we have very limited resources to answer calls and need to prioritise those who need additional access help.

Coronavirus precautions

When I visit, will I need to give my name and contact number for test and trace?

We won't ask you to leave your details, however, we do recommend you check in using your track and trace app, if possible.

Will you check my temperature as I enter the gallery?

We will not check your temperature on entering the gallery, although if you suspect that you may have a temperature we ask that you delay your visit until it is safe to do so. If this happens during your visit, we ask you to alert a member of staff.

Do I need to wear a face mask?

If you are able to, we are asking you to wear a face covering during your visit. This is in line with government guidelines for busy public spaces. There’s more information about face masks and exemptions here.

Will the Gallery staff be wearing protective equipment?

We have introduced face coverings and visors for our staff.

How will I be able to social distance in the gallery?

We have reduced the numbers of visitors in the gallery at any time and have installed signs throughout the gallery to remind you about Social Distancing measures.
  

Will I be able to wash my hands?

A sanitiser station is located at the entrance and throughout the gallery and our toilets are all open for you to use.

Are there benches in the Gallery for visitors? Is it safe to use these?

Yes, we have benches in most galleries. These are cleaned regularly. Please maintain 2m social distance when sitting on the benches.

Can physically less able visitors visit the Gallery as usual? What provisions will be made?

Lifts are available for those who need them most. Lift occupancy is limited to 2 people per lift or for one household group.

Lifts are available to visitors with wheelchairs, buggies and mobility aids and full access provision is available to them throughout the gallery. We have benches in the galleries as usual with an increased cleaning programme in place to support this. Stools and wheelchairs are available on request, on a first come, first served basis.  Portable stools and wheelchair handles will be cleaned between users.
 

Am I able to store items in the lockers?

Yes, our lockers are available to visitors.

Are the toilets open?

Yes, our toilets are open.

What about family visits and baby changing?

Baby changing facilities are available as normal with an enhanced cleaning programme in place.

Can we visit as a group?

Groups of up to 6 people are allowed, in line with Government guidelines.

Do we need a ticket to visit the park and gardens?

No. As long as you adhere to Government guidelines Whitworth Park and our Art Garden remain open for everyone to enjoy.

Are you doing talks and tours?

No. For now, we won’t be doing talks or tours as these are difficult with social distancing and group size limits in place.

Is the Whitworth Café open?

You no longer need to pre-book tickets to visit the Whitworth and the Cafe and can just turn up on the day.

The Café will be operating table service and has reduced its capacity. It will be offering a take-away service. For health and safety reasons, all transactions must be by card only until further notice.

Is the shop open?

Yes, our shop is now open.

How can I donate?

You can find details of all the different ways to donate and support our work here.
 

Risk assessment

We have carried out risk assessments to ensure the gallery is a safe environment for visitors and staff. If Government advice changes, we will review our safety measures.