The Warrington museum and art gallery is a grade II listed building, which can be located on museum street at the Warrington cultural quarter. The museum shares a building with Warrington central library and serves as a tourist and educational site.
Originally opened alongside the town’s central library in 1848, they served as a rate library, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom before moving ten years later to the current location in 1858. The galleries for showcasing artworks were, however, not added until around 1877 to 1931.
The architectural pattern of the museum was designed by famous architect John Dobson. A two-story building, the museum’s exterior is constructed with brick and stones and was designated as a grade 2 listed building by the England National heritage list on the 4th of April 1975.
The Museum and art galleries are operated by the charity based organization culture, Warrington. The museum is distinctive to other museums as it is among the earliest United Kingdom municipal museums. It also ranks among one of the most original museums globally, with almost all of its earliest collections still preserved to date, making the unique museum a rare artifact in itself.
Before becoming all-encompassing, the museum initially showcased only collections acquired from the town history society (WNHS). The museum, however, has since expanded its collection portfolio. Its artifacts now includes remains of rare species and a wide subject range such as egyptology, ethnology, geology, poetry, ceramics, photography, extinct creatures, Roman Britain, botany, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, war artifacts, and local industries.
The mezzanine art gallery section on the second floor of the building houses a wide range of 19th and 20th-century historical painting collections. These collection numbers up to nothing less than a thousand and are of different types, including oils, paints, and watercolors. Among these collections is Walter Langley’s famous ‘between the tides’ portrait painted in 1901 and acquired by the gallery in 1966.
The second series of the building houses two galleries. Both galleries are used for displaying traveling exhibitions, events relating to the community, and works from local artists.
The museum has over 200,000 artifacts and collections and is still seeking to increase the number, hence, the reason they are open to donations. Their aim is to expand their artifacts portfolio as much as possible to cover every area of culture, education, and life in general.
HOW TO FIND THE WARRINGTON MUSEUM
LOCATION: the museum is at Bold street, Warrington WA11DR, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.
By Bus: go to the Warrington bus station and board a bus to museum street. The distance between the bus station and the museum is a 7 minutes’ walk.
By Rail: from Warrington bank quay station, the distance to the museum is a 5 minutes’ walk. From Warrington central station, the distance to the museum is a 7 minutes’ walk.
By Car: Drive to the center of the town and follow the signs leading to the cultural center.
Warrington museum and art gallery.