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Manchester’s museums and galleries

Explore the Capital of the North’s rich historical and cultural heritage in its plethora of noteworthy museums and art galleries.
The Lowry gallery in Salford Quays
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1 MANCHESTER ART GALLERY

British art and European masters are on display at the city’s top gallery. The older wing is home to Turner watercolours, as well as Pre-Raphaelite art. The newer gallery houses 20th-century British art by Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, David Hockney and Stanley Spencer (manchestergalleries.org; Mosley St; 10am–5pm Mon–Sun, until 9pm Thu; free).

2 THE WHITWORTH

Traditionally known as the city’s ‘second’ art gallery, the Whitworth has beneftted from a £15m restoration. There’s a wonderful collection of British watercolours, the best selection of historic textiles outside London, and galleries showcasing works from Dürer and Rembrandt to Lucien Freud and David Hockney (whitworth.manchester.ac.uk; Oxford Rd; 10am–5pm, until 9pm Thu; free).

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