About the Gallery


Visitors Last Year


When the gallery first opened


Oils, watercolours, drawings & prints


Exhibitions annually


Please note that Williamson Art Gallery & Museum is currently closed in line with Covid-19 regulations. Full statement here

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

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. 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.


The Williamson Cafe serves a range of hot and cold drinks, light lunches and cakes.


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 Marketplace page for full details


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 hire of space for your event 0151 666 3537 or email lyndsaymitchelson@wirral.gov.uk.

For Weddings please read the information on our Weddings page.

Spaces to hire include:


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

The Art Space
The Art Space 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.

Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Birkenhead, Wirral