Museums Art in the Best of the Web UK Directory

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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Based in a Georgian villa, in Cumbria, with important collections 18th, 19th and 20th century art. The gallery also has a programme of educational activities, lectures and events. lakelandarts

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Information including visitor services, exhibitions and events, rights and reproductions, ordering prints, job opportunities, and contact details. AbdnArtMuseums

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

A contemporary art gallery created in a converted flour mill in Gateshead; provides information about their schedule of exhibitions, artist in residence, education programmes, library and archive, and a history of the project.

Bankside Gallery

The Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society, and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers; includes a guide to their exhibitions, talks and events, and facilities. BanksideGallery

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Contains one of the finest small collections of European art in the UK, housed in a listed Art Deco building in Birmingham; includes a visitor guide, background on their collections, events, history, and contacts.

The Biscuit Factory

A contemporary art gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne, with artists' studios; provides their exhibitions programme, with details of the venue and its services. biscuit_factory

The Bowes Museum

Holds internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts in a fine building in Barnard Castle. Includes a guide to their collections and exhibition programme, news and contacts.

British Council Collection

A comprehensive guide to their collection of more than 8000 artworks covering British art and design of the 20th and 21st centuries, used for their programme of international touring exhibitions. Brit_VisualArts

British Sporting Art Trust

Provides an online gallery of their collection, with details of exhibitions at the Vestey Gallery within the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket. BSATrust

The Burrell Collection

An art gallery in Pollok Country Park housing the collection created by shipping magnate, Sir William Burrell, and donated to the City of Glasgow. Includes a visitor guide and details of their programme of events and activities for adults and families.

Castlefield Gallery

An artist-led gallery and resource in Manchester for contemporary visual artists and their work; with an exhibition calendar, resources for artists, news and contacts.

Christ Church Picture Gallery

A guide to collection of old master paintings and drawings, housed in a purpose-built gallery in the University of Oxford, and open to the public.

Contemporary Art Society

Established to develop public collections of contemporary art in the UK; provides details of membership, projects, and activities, with news and contacts.

Courtauld Gallery

Renowned as one of the finest small art museums in the world, and housing an impressive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Located in Somerset House, London.

The Crafts Study Centre

A specialist university museum open to the public, and a research centre of the University for the Creative Arts; provides a guide to their collections and artists/craftspeople represented, events diary, and contacts. Farnham, Surrey.

De La Warr Pavilion

The UK‘s first public building built in the Modernist style, now Grade 1 listed and a gallery of contemporary art, with cafe and restaurant; with details of their exhibitions and events, with a history and contacts. In Bexhill, East Sussex.

The De Morgan Centre

Permanent home in London for the work of William De Morgan, the Victorian ceramic artist and his wife Evelyn, the painter. Biographies, venue details and special exhibitions.

Dulwich Picture Gallery

England’s first public art gallery houses one of the world's most important collections of European old master paintings of the 1600s and 1700s.

Fitzwilliam Museum

Highlights art and antique collections from fourteenth century to the present. With education program details and news updates.

The Fruitmarket Gallery

A not-for-profit organisation, the Fruitmarket Gallery offers free exhibitions of art made by both Scottish and international artists. An overview of the gallery, its exhibitions, educational programs, and cafe is featured, along with support and contact data.

Geffrye Museum

British museum maintaining collections of furniture, textiles, paintings, and objects from the year 1600 to the present. GEFFRYE

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

Houses the city's collections of contemporary art and the most visited modern art gallery in Scotland; includes visitor guide, exhibition diary, and news.

Hatton Gallery

Newcastle University's gallery, with a permanent collection of works ranging from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, and a programme of historical, modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

Holbourne Museum of Art

A public art gallery in Bath with a significant collection of 18th century paintings and portraits, and other art works; includes their exhibition programme, details of educational activities, and a history.

Hungate Medieval Art

Centre for temporary medieval art exhibitions, and promotes the medieval art visible in the County of Norfolk through exhibitions, research and an events programme.

The Hunterian

A guide to the collections and exhibitions held in Glasgow University's museum and art gallery; includes details of their Mackintosh collection and house, and their Scottish Colourists collection.

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts

Founded in the 1940s as a space for experimental and challenging arts practice, now a centre for avant-garde and interdisciplinary art practice. Includes details of exhibitions and events, with a visitor guide.


A public gallery of contemporary art in Birmingham; provides details of exhibitions and education programmes, with contacts.

John Hansard Gallery

A leading gallery of contemporary art, based at the University of Southampton, and presenting innovative work by artists from around the world; with details of collections, exhibitions, and events, and contacts.

Kettle's Yard

The world of visual arts and music combined together. With exhibition dates, learning program details and publication index. kettlesyard

The 'Life in a Lens' Museum of Photography & Old Times

A museum in Matlock presenting the history of popular photography from its invention in 1839 to more recent times; includes opening times, location and contacts.

The Lowry

Official site for the centre for performing and visual arts in Salford, built to celebrate L S Lowry's life and work; includes their exhibition and theatre programmes, a biography, and details of their collections, archive, and annual lecture in his honour.

Manchester Art Gallery

Houses the city’s collections of art works, many of which have been designated as being of national importance. Includes a visitor guide, exhibition programme, education services, facilities for families, news, and contacts.


The UK's contribution to a Europe-wide project, the Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe. Offers a national database of digitised heritage resources and collections.

mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art)

A public gallery of modern and contemporary art, bringing together the town's art collections; includes information about their permanent and temporary exhibitions, design of the building, education programme, and visitor facilities.

Modern Art Oxford

Check available exhibition dates, upcoming events, and details on its community and education program. Plus press releases.

Modern Sculpture

A gallery specialising in modern British sculpture from the 1950s and early 1960s; includes details of works available, with information about them and their creators. Also offers works by modern British painters.

MOMA Wales

An art gallery and centre in Machynlleth building up a permanent collection of works by artists from 1900 with the emphasis on artists living or working in Wales; housed in a former Wesleyan Chapel. Includes a history of the site, plus what's on details.

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MODA)

Middlesex University museum provides visitor information, collections and events.

Museum of East Asian Art

Shows visitor information, art collection details, news updates and educational program particulars. With related links.

National Galleries of Scotland

Houses collections of Scottish and international art in five galleries across Edinburgh; provides a guide for visitors, with details of their programmes of education, outreach and special exhibitions. NatGalleriesSco

The National Gallery

London-based museum housing over 2,300 paintings that cover all schools of European art from 1250 to 1900.

National Media Museum

Devoted to film, photography, television, radio and the web. Information about their collections, exhibitions and special events programme, their IMAX screen, and education activities. Located in West Yorkshire.

National Museum of Art

A section of the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff dedicated to the national collection of art, one of Europe's finest. Provides a virtual gallery, information about artists and their work, and visitor details.

National Portrait Gallery

Comprehensive gallery featuring portraits of famous British men and women.

The New Arts Gallery, Walsall

Contains pictures, list of collections, contact information, and links to related pages.

Nottingham Contemporary

One of the largest contemporary arts centres in the UK, built on one of the city’s most historic sites. Features details of events and exhibitions, with information about their education programme.

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

A pottery and ceramics museum located in Stoke-on-Trent providing exhibition details, events information and free entry to the permanent collections.

Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource

An online resource documenting and showing the Pre-Raphaelite art works held in the internationally significant collections of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

RED Gallery

Independent exhibition space and "laboratory" for contemporary art in Hull. Includes details of current exhibitions and shows, news and contacts.

Royal Academy of Arts

Showcases collections of fine arts from the 18th Century to the present.

The Royal Collection

A comprehensive guide to the collection of artworks held in trust for the nation in a number of royal residences; includes a guide to visiting, details of exhibitions, and a collection of online exhibitions and themes.

Royal Scottish Academy of Art

Promotes the understanding and appreciation of visual arts through exhibitions and educational program. With collection gallery.

Royal West of England Academy

One of five Royal Academies of Art; includes details of art collections and exhibitions in their gallery in Britol, and information about their extensive art education programme.

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

An art gallery and museum in Bournemouth with collections of international status reflecting the Victorian fascination with world cultures. With details of current exhibitions and events, their education services.

Saatchi Gallery

A 70,000 sq ft art gallery located in Sloane Square offering free admission. View details of the collection, future exhibitions and opening times.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Public art museum at the University of East Anglia. Features information on the various collections and exhibitions housed here, plus full details of an extensive educational programme.

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Norman Foster’s first major public building and home to collections, exhibitions, talks and workshops.

Salts Mill

Official website for visitors, describing its galleries, food and drink, shops, resources, and special events. Also includes information on the site's historical significance. Located in West Yorkshire and houses pictures by David Hockney.

Serpentine Gallery

A much loved gallery of modern and contemporary art in central London; includes a guide to its exhibitions, architecture, education and public programmes, news, and contacts.

Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum

A Dedham museum that displays one of the largest collections of Mannings paintings in the world. Provides details of the artists, the exhibits and opening times.

Sir John Soane's Museum

Virtual showcase of works, fine arts, and antiquities related to the famous architect.

The Stephen Lawrence Gallery

Founded in 2000 by the University of Greenwich following the publication of the Macpherson report; includes details of exhibitions, publications, and how to get there.

Talbot Rice Gallery

The public art gallery of the University of Edinburgh, and one of Scotland’s leading public galleries of contemporary visual art. Provides a description of their permanent collections and exhibitions, education programmes, and an archive.

Tate Britain

A family of four art galleries in London, Liverpool and Cornwall known as Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.

Tate Modern

National gallery of international modern art, located in London.

Tate Online

Collections of British art from the 1500s and international modern and contemporary art.

The Tate Online

Official site featuring visitor information, exhibition details, shop and online courses. Includes sections for teachers and children.

Travelling Gallery

Showcases this fully mobile contemporary art gallery which travels across Scotland.

Turner Contemporary

An art gallery and education venue on Margate seafront; includes details of collections, exhibitions, and events, and background on the artist, JMW Turner, and his links with the town.

Victoria and Albert Museum

A museum of art and design covering many of the world's richest cultures; includes a visitor guide, details of their collections and exhibitions, information about their conservation and education programmes, and locations.

Victoria Art Gallery

Houses a collection of works by over 2000 artists in Bath; with details of exhibitions and events, gallery services and education programme, and contacts.

The Walker Art Gallery

Houses Liverpool’s collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day; with details of exhibitions and events, an artist A-Z, history, and contacts.

The Wallace Collection

A national museum in London displaying art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and bequeathed to the nation in 1897. Includes a visitor guide, online catalogue, events, and details of their education service. WallaceMuseum

Whitechapel Gallery

A public art gallery in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, specialising in contemporary art; provides a guide to their galleries and exhibitions, collections and archives, education, courses, and facilities. _TheWhitechapel

The Whitworth Art Gallery

Part of the University of Manchester and home to collections of art and design including modern and historic fine art, prints, textiles and a rare collection of wallpapers.

William Morris Gallery

Showcases publications and products, and gallery of educational resources. Offers on-line exhibition.

Yale Center for British Art

A public art museum and research institute for the study of British art and culture, presented to Yale University by Paul Mellon, and home to the largest collection of British art outside the UK; with a guide to collections and exhibitions, education programmes and events, and their research activities.

York Art Gallery

The city's gallery holding collections designated for their national and international importance. Includes a guide to exhibitions and events, and their educational programmes.

Your Paintings

Joint initiative between The Public Catalogue Foundation, the BBC and art institutions around the country, which aims to catalogue and exhibit online the 80% of the nation's art collection which is not on display.

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