Visitors Last Year


When the gallery first opened


Oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints


Exhibitions annually


One of Wirral’s hidden gems, the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum is minutes from the heart of Birkenhead, on the edge of the picturesque village of Oxton. It is centrally located and easily accessible by car and local transport, with free parking.

Funded through Birkenhead Borough Council by the philanthropists John Williamson, a Director of the Cunard Steamship Company Ltd, and his son Patrick Williamson, we opened to the public in 1928.

A truly splendid building, this elegant venue now provides space to display masterpieces, ceramics, and sculptures. Housing the largest public collection of Della Robbia pottery in the UK and home to some internationally important paintings, the gallery is a perfect venue for your event.

Exhibitions at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum are always free.

Educational and group visits
We welcome educational, party and group visits. Our Learning Officer Kathy Heywood can offer tailor made workshops to tie in with the curriculum for primary and secondary schools. The Wirral Museums Service can offer experienced creative teachers to suit your requirements.

Advance booking is required and can be made by contacting us on 0151 666 3537.


The Williamson is licensed as a wedding venue; click the link to the Weddings page for more details.



Entertain with the Williamson

The Williamson Cafe in Gallery 14 offers light lunch options and afternoon tea, with daily specials on the chalk boards with homemade soup and gluten free options. The cafe offers child friendly options and high chairs for the younger visitor. Visitors at the weekend can relax with the papers.


Gallery 14 Shop at the Williamson

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum – Shop

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum – Shop

Local artists, craftspeople and designers provide high quality products for sale within the shop – jewellery, pottery, photography, cards and textiles.


Our friendly staff are delighted to share our beautiful Gallery & Museum with you for corporate events and special occasions.


Gallery 4
Gallery 4 (above) is an inspiring venue housing a diverse collection of 19th and 20th century oil paintings. The most spacious of our galleries it is ideal for conferences and entertaining.

It seats 120 theatre style and 40 boardroom style and holds 100 for a standing buffet. Dimensions: 27.6m x 16.3m



Gallery 11
Gallery 11 shows exhibitions drawn from, or inspired by, our collections. This beautiful light room is ideal for meetings, networking and presentations. A kitchenette facility is also available.

It seats 60 theatre style and 30 board room style. Dimensions: 10.82m x 7.16m

Art Space

The Art Space
The Art Space (left) is open plan with seating, exhibiting the work of local artists. This flexible space is ideal for hosting networking events, exhibitions and small creative workshops.

Hire The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum for your event
The beautiful Williamson Art Gallery & Museum can be hired for corporate events and special occasions. From business meetings to wedding receptions we have a number of rooms for hire with catering and audio visual equipment available.Lunches, annual social club meetings, dinners, concerts, weddings – we have the space to meet your needs. Our ‘in-house’ caterers are quickly gaining a reputation for providing delicious and tasty food and will work with you whatever your budget.Please contact Lyndsay Mitchelson for more information about hiral of space for your event 0151 666 3537.