About the Gallery


Visitors Last Year


When the gallery first opened


Oils, watercolours, drawings & prints


Exhibitions annually


One of Wirral’s hidden gems, Williamson Art Gallery & Museum is minutes from the heart of Birkenhead, on the edge of Oxton village.

We opened to the public in 1928. The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum was funded through Birkenhead Borough Council by the philanthropists John Williamson, a Director of the Cunard Steamship Company Ltd, and his son Patrick Williamson. Find out more about our history.

The truly splendid building provides space to display masterpieces, ceramics, and sculptures. It is also home to the largest public collection of Della Robbia pottery in the UK and to some internationally important paintings. Find out more about our collections.

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

It is centrally located and easily accessible by car and local transport, with free parking.

Educational and group visits
We welcome educational, party and group visits. Primary and Secondary schools are welcome to visit us for self-led activities.

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.


The Williamson Cafe serves a range of hot and cold drinks, light meals and cakes.Composite image of three food photographs. Top left is a tune-filled jacket potato, top right are savoury pastries, and across the bottom is a bowl of thick stew


Local artists, craftspeople and designers provide high quality products for sale within the shop – jewellery, pottery, photography, cards and textiles. Purchases over £100 in total qualify for the Own Art plan – visit the Shop page for full details


two images of galleries in the Wiliamson with the words COMING SOON written over the top

We are currently revising our room hire offer. Check back soon for more information about how to host your events here.

For weddings information, please visit our Weddings page.

Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Birkenhead, Wirral