Williamson Art Gallery & Museum


Wednesday-Friday - 10.30am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4.30
Closed Bank Holidays

About this Museum

The Williamson opened as a purpose-built gallery in 1928, funded by philanthropist and Cunard director John Williamson and his son Patrick. The gallery now displays fine art and ceramics from Wirral Borough Council’s collection, alongside a changing programme of exhibitions by local artists and displays developed in partnership with local community groups.

  • The gallery houses the largest collection of Della Robbia pottery in the UK. The factory was based in Birkenhead and produced Arts and Crafts-style vases, presentation wares, clock cases and tiles.
  • The Williamson collection includes more than 2,000 watercolours and drawings, including a JMW Turner watercolour which was once owned by Ruskin.
  • The gallery hosts the biennial Wirral Society of Arts Open Show in which artists from all over the country submit their work and a number of prizes are awarded.


Slatey Road, Birkenhead
Wirral, CH43 4UE



Free entry



0151 652 4177

Visit info

Length of visit

Up to 2 hours


Children’s activity sessions offered during some weekends and holiday times (phone for details). Adult beginners drawing and painting courses.
Guided tours can be booked in advance.


Café and gift shop
New and second hand book shop
Gallery 14 stocks work by local artists
Meeting and events spaces available to hire.


Permitted but there may be restrictions in some exhibitions


All galleries are on the ground floor. Accessible toilet with adult changing facility including hoist system.

Getting there
By car:

Follow signs from A552 (junction of Borough Road and Balls Road East)
Car park is available at the side of the building

By train:

Nearest station is Birkenhead Central

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