Williamson Art Gallery & Museum to close temporarily

UPDATE: The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum and the Priory remain closed to visitors while we work through a plan to ensure they can reopen in a way that ensures the safety of visitors and staff. In the meantime there are a number of online galleries available at Williamson website while staff continue to stimulate debate and art/heritage appreciation regularly using their Facebook pages – Birkenhead Priory and Williamson Art Gallery

You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram and don’t forget to explore the history of the Priory on the Priory Website


The temporary closure of the Williamson is part of the Council’s wider preparations to focus resources and staff on to the most critical services relied upon by residents.

It follows the Government guidance for people to avoid non-essential contact with others including visits to theatres as part of measures to tackle the coronavirus.

People who submitted work for this year’s Williamson Open Art & Photography exhibition who have been advised to collect their work this week will still be able to until Sunday 22 March as detailed in their notification letter.

Those with work selected for the exhibition will be notified within the next two weeks of the arrangements for their collection.

If you are self-isolating, you do not need to collect your work – we will store it until new collection arrangements can be made.

Cabinet member for community services, Cllr Julie McManus, said: “It is crucial that we ensure our most vital services are able to continue.

“Thank you for your support during this difficult time and we will update you when further information is available to us.”


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