Walker Art Gallery
Walker Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Walker Art Gallery is a beautiful building housing a stunning collection of art. The galleries hold paintings from the 13th century to the present day: you can see work by Rembrandt, Hockney, Holbein, Turner, Lowry, Rossetti, Millais and Freud to name but a few. We also have a sculpture gallery, a craft and design gallery, and Big Art for Little Artists - a gallery specially designed for children up to 8 years of age. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the children'g gallery is currently closed and our Medieval and Rensaissance galleries are closed for refurbishment. Entry to the permanent collection is free, donations welcome This winter we will be open as follows: 18, 19 December OPEN 10am to 6pm 20 December CLOSED 21, 22 & 23 December OPEN 10am to 6pm 24, 25, 26 & 27 December CLOSED 28, 29, 30, 31 December, 1 & 2 January OPEN 10am to 6pm 3 January CLOSED 4 January onwards OPEN Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
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  • permia
    61,847 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous sculpture and paintings
    First up were plaster casts of some Parthenon friezes. Very impressive. Marvellous sculptures followed including Adam & Eve by Walker and the graceful Peace by Edward Ford. Rodin’s Death of Athens Henry Moore's Falling Warrior were captivating. A superb collection of paintings is on view. Both European and British. In the latter many of the greats are here. An absorbing selection of Pre-Raphaelites are displayed. Rossetti’s Dante’s Dream and Isabella by Millais included. Summer Lightening by Sickert is dramatic. A scene of Liverpool by Williams gives an insight of the great city in the past. Amity by Fleetwood- Walker shows a young couple having a picnic but with obvious tensions between them.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • anm53
    Stourbridge, United Kingdom288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some great paintings
    A great variety of paintings from different eras, so something for everyone. Galleries that were previously closed for refurbishment have now reopened.We were here for 4 hours but that did include 2 visits to the cafe! Even though we are not from Merseyside we found the exhibition of photos by Tom Wood to be very interesting. This runs until January 2024.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Beachman
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Give yourself enough time to appreciate an excellent gallery
    Great collection of Victorian art but lots more besides. You'll see many famous masterpieces from various eras. This has got to be one of the best regional art galleries in the country. Quite busy but hardly surprising and it is free.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Shannon M
    Glasgow, United Kingdom126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Visit
    We had a lovely time at the museum. There is mostly medieval, renaissance and baroque style paintings with some impressionist art also. We also got talking to Arthur who works here and was very lovely, he spoke to us about some of the paintings and recommended some pieces to look at.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • vivEngland
    Preston, United Kingdom770 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Building
    It is an impressive building and the sculpture gallery is great. There are, of course, lots of paintings by various artists as well as in different styles, so you would be sure to find at least one of the galleries you found interesting! There are also exhibitions to have a look round. You can visit the Museum at no charge from 10 am to 5 pm each day apart from Mondays but it opens on Bank Holidays and during school holidays in Liverpool. There is a cafe and shop which we didn't take advantage of.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • alan
    Liverpool, United Kingdom162 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Medieval Gallery Refurbishment is excellent.
    We came to see the newly refurbished Medieval and Renaissance galleries. We spent about an hour and a half, first of all in the room with the large number of Joseph Wright of Derby portraits and then in Room 1, The Medieval Gallery. The refurbishment is excellent and we will be back to see the rest of it. The Walker Art Gallery is a treasure and we feel very lucky to have it on our doorstep.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Kaboozie
    Liverpool, United Kingdom679 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES
    Went to see the Photie Man (50 years of Tom Wood) exhibition at the Walker. Loved it, brought back so many memories of the Liverpool I loved and remember. The photographs of the Chelsea Reach in New Brighton were particularly poignant as this was one of my haunts in the 80’s. Well curated and spent the afternoon in memory lane.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 October 2023
  • Claire C
    135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent guided tour of the collection
    Visited with my parents, we spent around 3 hours exploring the collection and all had our favourite paintings. I was pleased to see so many high quality paintings and artists in the collection and many new artists to discover. We joined the free tour at 11am and our guide was great, interesting and gave us loads of interesting info. The only drawback was the lighting which did make it tricky to see some of the paintings due to bad reflections- but the tour guide called it out as a known issue so at least they realise it’s an issue. We still enjoyed the visit very much.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 October 2023
  • kunduku
    Wirral, United Kingdom335 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Photography is obviously not for me
    Visited to see the Photie Man exhibition. Unfortunately it only succeeded in making me realise I know nothing about photograpy and what is considered important in that field. I have thrown so many photographs away (out of focus, double image, badly focused) but I saw photographs like that and even worse than those, as part of the exhibition. I appreciate it is probably ignorance on my part but I found nothing in this exhibition that was enjoyable or informative and I still have no idea why it is so important, despite trying very hard to understand. I think maybe photography is just not for me.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Eglantina1
    Bedford, United Kingdom49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shame on the Walker!
    There may be little point in placing these comments here as the Photie Man exhibition will end in a few days time, but I think this is worth stating.... I wanted to visit Photie Man as although I am not from Liverpool, I visited as a child with my parents, then when at Salford University in the 1970's I had a boyfriend who came from Thorton and a best friend from Anfield (therefore a frequent visitor) and finally I lived in Liverpool from 1990 to 1996. Having seen Liverpool over the timespan represented in the exhibition, I was interested to see Tom Wood's photos, however none of the reviews, even by women, warned me for what was in store. I accept that the Male Gaze was vastly different in the last century and that we shouldn't re-write history, but I don't find it acceptable for an exhibition of photographs to contain so many photos of semi naked women or women in their underwear when there must have been so many other images available and when it was already quite a large exhibition. Maybe they could have been put in a separate area with a warning similar to the photos from Prescot Hospital. I wonder who curated this exhibition, maybe Mr Wood himself, and why those who run the Walker found it acceptable -even the Sun has removed page 3 girls. Having said all that the rest of the exhibition was very interesting and I thought the John Moores exhibition was amazing.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 January 2024
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Paul H
Surrey, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I was very impressed by the civic centre of Liverpool and in particular I loved the Walker Art Gallery. It has a wide-ranging and high quality collection, that you could spend hours viewing. The staff were welcoming and very helpful. Thoroughly recommended.
Written 10 June 2024
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Peej M
Oxford, UK278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The Walker Gallery is one of the highlights of any visit to Liverpool if you love great art and love seeing amazing sculptures and paintings lovingly curated.

Inside this amazing building you'll find a selection of galleries covering different eras and cultures, including some fantastic modern art.

We particularly loved all the classic romantic era paintings that are part of the collection but also loved all the statues and sculpture work. Even though some galleries were closed when we visited, we still saw lots to inspire and enthral us.

The gallery has a small cafe with a few lunch options and good coffee with a modest gift shop but we really enjoyed our time here.
Written 23 April 2024
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Robert S
Liverpool, UK30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Could have been 5* but I was upset by the comments on the cafe wall by Lubaina Himid. The comments singled out the UK as responsible for Africans being enslaved. This was a WORLD trade with more than just Africans involved, and predated English involvement by thousands of years. It’s disingenuous and unfair. The Portuguese, Spanish, French and southern US states were forcibly stopped by the British from continuing slavery.
Written 19 April 2024
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FozFamily76
Leeds, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
What an amazing place! John Moores painting prize was fantastic. Really strong selection of paintings this year. Would recommend. Visited as a family on a weekend away in Liverpool - greeted by an amazing team - all of the reception staff & especially Leo!
Written 4 February 2024
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Freedom42955154732
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
Took 60 primary school children aged between 7 and 9 here on Friday 26th January 2024, and had a fantastic time. The staff were great especially a guide called Jan Felix who spent half an hour telling us all about some of the paintings. The children really enjoyed themselves , thankyou so much, I'd definitely recommend it to other schools.
Written 30 January 2024
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Eglantina1
Bedford, UK49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
There may be little point in placing these comments here as the Photie Man exhibition will end in a few days time, but I think this is worth stating....
I wanted to visit Photie Man as although I am not from Liverpool, I visited as a child with my parents, then when at Salford University in the 1970's I had a boyfriend who came from Thorton and a best friend from Anfield (therefore a frequent visitor) and finally I lived in Liverpool from 1990 to 1996. Having seen Liverpool over the timespan represented in the exhibition, I was interested to see Tom Wood's photos, however none of the reviews, even by women, warned me for what was in store.
I accept that the Male Gaze was vastly different in the last century and that we shouldn't re-write history, but I don't find it acceptable for an exhibition of photographs to contain so many photos of semi naked women or women in their underwear when there must have been so many other images available and when it was already quite a large exhibition. Maybe they could have been put in a separate area with a warning similar to the photos from Prescot Hospital. I wonder who curated this exhibition, maybe Mr Wood himself, and why those who run the Walker found it acceptable -even the Sun has removed page 3 girls.
Having said all that the rest of the exhibition was very interesting and I thought the John Moores exhibition was amazing.
Written 2 January 2024
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Eliza P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A great variety of art!! A great combination of quality and quantity from each era represented in the gallery
Written 26 December 2023
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billJ
Manchester, UK5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Wonderful collections. However all the staff are shivering and it is making me uncomfortable. Does management not provide any heating? Also I was going to try the cafe as the cakes looked good but it was so cold. It was warmer outside at the Christmas market.
Written 1 December 2023
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Ino R
San Antonio, TX118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Service is great, the docents were helpful and super kind. When we asked how to best attack the museum, they recommended top to bottom - it worked out great.

The selection of works at the Walker is better than advertised. They have a good mix of works you can spend more than two hours alone on the second floor alone. The paintings are well labeled on the classic frames, and the background behind the classic works don't leave you guessing - even on the few abstracts.

Also on display are the John Moore Award winners. This art award is given to works composed by native Britains artists and brings together the best in contemporary style painters.

If you wish, you can pay 5£ to see Tom Wood's Photie Man exposition. We skipped, not just because of the cost, but for time.

The cafe is in the first fourier and it serves soft drinks, espressos, and small pastries.

Value is great...this place is FREE.
Written 25 November 2023
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Woodbine_69
Wrexham, UK51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
There is some really stunning art in this museum, and a good mix of modern and more traditional pieces.

Hwever, we went specifically to view the Baroque galleries (rooms 1-4) which the website describes as newly refurbished and 'now open', only to find that they were not, in fact, open at all. They had been closed with no warning on the website and no explaination of why at the gallery. If you go out of your way to boast about your newly refurbished galleries on your website in order to attract visitors, you coud at least treat those visitors with enough respect as to tell them on your website when you have randomly decided to close the galleries so that you save them taking wasted and expensive journeys. I'm not sure when we'll be able to get back to Liverpool now as it's quite a journey for us.
Written 31 October 2023
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