The fish & reptiles gallery at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
© Jim Varney
- One of the oldest local museums in the country, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. 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. Located above the central library, the purpose of the Museum & Art Gallery is to inspire, challenge, stimulate and entertain its visitors and to encourage learning in all its forms. Part of Culture Warrington - a charitable cultural trust which also operates Pyramid arts centre and the Parr Hall theatre - Warrington Museum & Art Gallery offers both leisure and life-long learning opportunities for all individuals. Galleries feature a wealth of material on the natural world including child-friendly hands-on activities and the town'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. Warrington's excellent art collections, including work by internationally famous artists, are displayed throughout the building. Warrington Museum's most popular exhibits however have to be the beautifully decorated Egyptian sarcophagus and Egyptian mummy. The art gallery exhibitions provide an exciting range of temporary exhibitions. Past shows have featured work by Tracy Emin, Damien Hurst and Sam Taylor-Wood. The temporary exhibitions regularly feature local groups and work with local artists with the programme changing every 4 months. Further temporary exhibitions are available at Pyramid arts centre just a 2 minute walk down the road.