Housed in a spectacular 1890s gothic building, the Victoria Gallery and Museum is a vibrant mix of the historic and the new.
University of Liverpool, Ashton Street, Liverpool, L69 3DR
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**Please note that for Sunday 11th June only, Victoria Gallery & Museum will be open from 10am – 5pm**
Eight art galleries present themed displays drawn from the University of Liverpool’s art collection, complemented by a changing exhibition programme of modern and contemporary art.
Star items from the University’s art collection include J.M.W.Turner’s Eruption of the Soufriere Mountains in the Island of St Vincent, 1812 and Lucian Freud’s Paddington Interior, Harry Diamond (1970). The largest collection of paintings in Britain by American natural history artist John James Audubon (1785 –1851) are displayed in a dedicated gallery, where his link to enslavement is acknowledged. The VG&M continues to develop its collection on behalf of the University with recent additions such as the sculptural piece Runway Show by Fiona Banner RA and Unstructured Iconsprint set by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA; both acquired with the support of the Contemporary Art Society.
In addition to an art collection the University is home to an extensive heritage collection, derived from the institution’s history, featuring natural history specimens, marvellous machines and an important collection of false teeth and equipment used to teach dentistry. The Tate Hall Museum showcasing this collection is currently closed for renovation.
Admission to the building is free. There are weekly guided tours of the building and frequent events and workshops for all ages. The building also houses the popular Waterhouse Café, named after its internationally-renowned architect, Liverpool-born Alfred Waterhouse