Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead

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The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum is situated in Claughton, Birkenhead, Merseyside, England and houses the Wirral's art collection.

Opened on 1 December 1928, the single-storey building is Neo-Georgian in style, and was deliberately designed to blend in with the local surroundings. Financial support for its establishment was provided by John Williamson, a Director of the Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. and his son Patrick Williamson.
Its collection includes Victorian oil paintings, including works by Albert Moore and Philip Steer, English watercolours, Liverpool porcelain, and the UK's largest public collection of Della Robbia pottery. It also has a large collection of ship models, focusing on Cammell Laird shipbuilders, the Mersey Ferries, and the vessels that used the River Mersey.

The gallery also hosts regular exhibitions that can include work by nationally and internationally renowned artists. There are regular musical concerts and the gallery is also a venue for art and crafts workshops.

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  • Love this little gallery and museum. A long time since we last visited so really enjoyed being back with our family. So well maintained and the pieces are curated perfectly. Loved the woodcut print...  more »
  • This wonderful Museum is free to the public ,it is alight and airy space with many collections to view also a good little tea room for a bite to eat  more »
  • I loved exploring the Williamson Art Museum with my sister. History of ship building, painting, pottery and old bicycles over the ages and much more. . Also cafe, toilets and accessible to wheel chair or prams. Lovely atmosphere.
  • Great place to visit. There's a nice little cafe offering the usual drinks & food, but there's also artwork, clocks, aprons & other arty stuff to buy. The food`s eclectic & there's a lovely cosy, chatty atmosphere. The museum exhibits are changed regularly, so there's never a boring moment. This is by far my favourite museum on the Wirral. And it's free !! There's a car park to use & there's also a disabled toilet/baby changing room in the main entrance.
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