Out of all of Manchester's galleries and museums, it is the Art Gallery on Mosley road that I love the best. I took a friend, who has never been to Manchester before, in order to show him the richness of culture we had hidden away in the city.
The artwork on display spans an immense time period, ranging from pre-enlightenment to modern art, so there will be something to entertain the entire family here. As a big fan of the Pre-Raphaelites, I was also delighted to see Holman Hunt's The Scapegoat and Waterhouse's Hylas and the Nymphs on display in the Victorian section of the gallery. Special exhibitions are frequently open to the public too, for instance, 'The First Cut' exhibition on my recent visit in early January 2013. This was a collection of artwork constructed from manipulated paper. Make sure you check the website before your visit to see what exhibitions are on.
The Gallery's cafe offers a range of hot and cold meals, as well as children's options and hot drinks. Take a break here after your day of admiring the exhibits.
I always find that there is something incredibly calming about spending an afternoon in an art gallery, so I recommend Manchester Art Gallery to everybody. Whether your a businessperson in need of a relaxing lunch break, a tourist wanting to try a more docile attraction, a family, or a stressed student, admiring some the beauty in this gallery will revive and invigorate you.