Travel through time and around the world at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, one of the oldest museums in the country. Opened in 1857, much of the quintessential character of the building has been preserved and its original glass cabinets are crammed with treasures from all around the world.
The permanent galleries feature a wealth of material on the natural world including Warrington’s very own dinosaur. Also popular are the local and social history galleries featuring new displays on the industries that shaped the town and a fascinating ‘Time Tunnel’ complete with hands on history activities for younger visitors. Popular exhibits include the beautifully decorated Egyptian painted coffin on Priest Paikhmennu from the temple of Amun in Thebes.
In addition to the permanent displays the museum provides an award-winning programme of events and temporary exhibitions. Recent shows have featured work by Banksy, Tracey Emin and Sam Taylor-Wood, and the museum runs free family-friendly craft activities in the school holidays. For more information about our events and exhibitions at the moment see our what’s on page.
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery provides an exciting schools programme on many themes, including Egyptians, toys from the past, and special early years sessions. For more details contact the education team on 01925 442395.
Guided tours are available – organised group visits by prior arrangement. Contact 01925 442399
Our access statement, with detailed information about the Museum’s facilities can be found here.
How to find us
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Mon-Fri: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Saturdays: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
The Museum closes at 1pm on Christmas Eve and reopens as usual on Tuesday 3 January 2017
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Services come into Warrington Bus Station, which is a 7 minute walk away.
Warrington Bank Quay Station is a 5 minute walk away. Warrington Central Station is a 7 minute walk away.
There are cycle racks outside the Library entrance on Museum Street.
Drive to the town centre and follow the brown signs to the Cultural Quarter.
Parking on Museum Street is available for disabled badge holders. There is limited free parking in the Pyramid car park (on Museum Street) for visitors to Culture Warrington venues (Warrington Museum & Art Gallery; Pyramid & Parr Hall) – please ask for a pass from Pyramid’s Box Office. Time restrictions apply. For alternative public car parking and printable map click here.
[Updated August 2017]