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Southampton City Art Gallery

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Address: Commercial Road | Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP, England
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+44 23 8083 3007
10:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 15:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Southampton City Art Gallery is the most outstanding gallery in the South...

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.

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Unexpected delight

A well kept and spacious collection. In the middle of the city, a broad range of work from ancient to modern.

Reviewed 14 March 2017
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a quietly elegant gallery offering ranges from Degas figurine, Rodin sculpture to LS Lowry, Gainsborough to Snood. It was an adventure to move through the old Masters to the new off beat offerings of the Young Turks. The pictures are set out with little gems and large posers including some poseurs. Take your family, your friends and see... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am not the most cultural person but I popped in with my kids to have a look and found it to be most interesting. It is a nice venue and for me and ideal place to view art with a pleasant atmosphere. The kids enjoyed it too and were impressed at skills shown to create art in its various... More 

Thank 3333ssss3333
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

A well kept and spacious collection. In the middle of the city, a broad range of work from ancient to modern.

Thank mcksmittyg
Worthing, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I was not expecting such a huge gallery, but pleasantly surprised. Very impressed with layout,, pictures well set out, lots of information provided. It has free entry so good for families on a budget. Such a diverse range of art, something to suit all tastes.

Thank Lisa R
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

This is a wonderful gallery with a fantastic collection very well curated. If you like late 19th and early 20th century painting, especially British, you will love it.

Thank Christ Church F
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

This City Council gallery contains a good permanant collection, such as the Byrne-Jones cartoons of Perseus, as well as occasional visiting exhibitions

Thank Dr-Barry-Fry
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

I'm ashamed to say that despite growing up in Southampton it wasn't until my 30's that I discovered the art gallery in the civic centre. It's a beautiful space which is much bigger than it first appears, but small if you compare it to the size of the main galleries you'd find in a bigger town like London. It's nice... More 

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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

Free of charge and always worth keeping an eye out to see what is coming. Most people make the mistake of seeing the main hall only. To the left and right upstairs there are many rooms. Some were taken over by BAS 8 but some were permanent collections. This was a spiritual high, and reminded me of the value of... More 

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118 reviews
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

The Art gallery in Southampton isn't appreciated enough in my opinion,it's not trying to sell its self as a national Gallery, they have different exhibits quite regularly and some permanent ones, I haven't been for a while but one of my favourite things is the wooden automata exhibit in the glass case , you put a coin in and it... More 

Thank Nigel P
Gosport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

The gallery is wholly taken over by BAS 8 contemporary art. The "Perseus Room" is the only piece of the permanent collection on show for the duration.

Thank Jeff S

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