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“Fantastic art”

Southampton City Art Gallery
Ranked #21 of 129 things to do in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Southampton City Art Gallery is the most outstanding gallery in the South of England and is internationally renowned for its impressive collection and temporary exhibitions programme. The works on display, of both historic and contemporary art, show the breadth and quality of the City’s art treasures. The Gallery attracts a wide audience and through the exciting education programme it provides and promote opportunities for greater access, involvement and understanding of visual art in Southampton.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Went with my partner as we both enjoy art. The art is all on one floor so is very accessible and had a variety of art on display. Its also free to enter which is always a plus. Also within walking distance of southampton city center.

Thank Kathryn M
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We greatly enjoyed our visit to this civic art gallery . It is part of a wonderful civic building designed by Ernest Berry Webber and this part finished in 1939 . We were moved to first of all read the memorial inside to the right to those art students killed in a bombing in 1940 . The gallery itself is light and airy with just a few rooms but beautifully thought out . Some stunning works on display , modern , old masters and pre-raphaelites . One room just with Burne -jones studies for a commission. We also saw a very interesting exhibition of the history , members and art works of the Artists Rifles . Many of the works from the First World War were very moving and horrifying e.g. By Paul Nash . Great gallery -small but perfectly formed with a nice shop - note there is an excellent cafe next door in the sea city museum -you don't have to pay to enter . Gallery hours 10-3 so a bit unexpectedly short . Worth multiple visits .

1  Thank Vari D
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

No a very large gallery however that can be considered part of its charm. It does however exhibit some stunning works of art and outside exhibitions do make their way there as well. The gallery is very rarely very busy unless of course there is a coach load of children however over the years I have visited and enjoyed this place often and that has only happen once.
The staff are excellent and I would suggest that you take a look for yourself, I am sure you will not be disappointed. The art gallery is suitable for anyone who is interested in works of art to visit.

Thank Rosa C
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

A decent gallery in a small space, but the 3pm closure is daft. I guess all the money is being pumped into the Titanic monstrosity next door. The Burne Jones's are well worth looking at, and are dramatically presented in their own dark-panelled room. It seems such a wasted opportunity. And no café.

1  Thank tjsussex
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Over the last few years we have visited this Gallery on a number of occasions and enjoyed both special exhibitions and revisiting the permanent collection, The main collection contains an astonishing number of paintings by well known artists and one of the joys is seeing lesser known works and being able to examine them in close detail. Visiting today we again found some hidden gems which kept us engaged for well in excess of an hour before moving on to another part of the City. In the past we have also enjoyed eating at the Gallery Cafe but this has now moved into the new Museum nearby. Whilst we enjoyed our visit it was clear that in these difficult financial times the Gallery has lost priority to the SeaCity Museum but it is still well worth a visit.

1  Thank bsandrs
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