Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre

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Moss Street

Housed in a distinctive Edwardian building, Bury Art Museum offers a welcoming, warm and friendly setting for visitors to enjoy art, (old and new), and discover the rich history of Bury and the surrounding area. Highlights from the art collection include 'Calais Sands' and 'Ehrenbreitstein' by JMW Turner; 'Spring Morning, Haverstock Hill' by Sir George Clausen; 'Different Horizons', blue neon light piece by Maurizio Nannucci; and 'Revolution of the 19th Century' and 'Essential Elements' by Pavel Büchler. On the lower ground floor is a dedicated contemporary museum space which hosts a vibrant temporary exhibition programme based upon the museum's archaeology, ethnography, natural history, costume and social history collections. This inspiring programme is supported by a wide range of family friendly activities and events which run throughout the year. The Art Museum is also home to Bury Art Shop, which offers original artwork, jewellery and crafts at affordable prices, and Barney’s café which serves delicious coffee and homemade cakes. Contemporary Art and International Touring Exhibitions Committed to innovation, Bury Art Museum works with artists on a regular basis, and hosts the Text Festival which is an internationally recognised event investigating contemporary art practices including, poetry, text art, sound art and performance. Bury Art Museum also houses the Text Art Archive: the largest dedicated collection of original works of Language Art in the country. The Text Art Archive's aim is to stimulate critical thinking and writing in the field around the subject. In addition, Bury has considerable experience in international practice and currently leads a consortium of North West museums in generating touring exhibitions from the region’s great art collections to send to galleries abroad. The consortium’s first exhibition, 'Toward Modernity: Three Centuries of British Art 'was launched in November 2012 and went on to tour six venues in China, including Beijing. The exhibition included prints, paintings, drawings and watercolours from across the region.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 1000-1700 Saturday: 1000-1630 Sunday and Monday: Closed



Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Cafeteria
  • Refreshments
  • Baby changing facilities


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Large print information and/or interpretation

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