Southampton City Art Gallery

About this attraction

Southampton City Art Gallery is a fantastic hidden gem, with regularly rotating displays featuring works from Southampton’s amazing and diverse collection of fine art, national touring exhibitions and work by local artists.

There’s also a range of creative workshops and activities to suit all ages all year round. Amazingly, the gallery is free to visit – you’ll find them in the heart of the Southampton’s cultural quarter.

The art gallery was founded in 1911 after a generous bequeathment from local pharmacist and Justice of the Peace, Robert Chipperfield. His will ensured that a variety of works of art could be purchased to begin the gallery’s impressive collection. Southampton City Art Gallery found its permanent home in 1939 in the Civic Centre building. Thanks to a succession of bequests and gifts, the gallery has gone from strength to strength, building its collection of fine art to over 5,300 pieces. 

Southampton City Art Gallery is the perfect day out for art afficionados, amateur artists and visitors of all ages who are looking for a cultural experience. With a selection of permanent exhibitions and many ever-changing displays, visitors will love exploring this tranquil space.

The gallery boasts a collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings, photographs and films showcasing a variety of different styles and techniques. The displays include both contemporary and historic art with works from local artists, touring exhibitions, and permanent collections. 

Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm (Last entry 2.45pm)

Saturday 10am – 5pm (Last entry 4.45pm).

Closed Sundays.

Why should I visit?

    • Southampton Art Gallery holds one of the finest collections of art in the south of England and holds ‘Designated’ status.
    • A varied programme of contemporary art and historic exhibitions using it’s collection and collaborating with leading artists and arts institutions.
    • The amazing Art Deco main hall ‘The Baring Room’, which exhibits a complete series of works by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones.
    • A wonderful attraction in the city centre that is free to visit.


Disabled access
Gift shop
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
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Where to find us


Southampton City Art Gallery
Commercial Road
SO14 7LP

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Southampton City Art Gallery is situated on Commercial Road in the heart of the City Centre, on the northern end of the Civic Centre the entrance faces the park.

By Train – The gallery is only 5 minutes walk from Southampton Central Station. Find out more about train times and buy tickets from South West Trains.

By Ferry – The Hythe and Isle of Wight Ferry connections are located within approximately a 10 minute drive or 30 minute walk from Southampton Art Gallery. For more information please visit Red Funnel Ferry or Hythe Ferry

Kids activities

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  • The kids’ activities, which usually include messy creations, are led by a team of passionate artist educators.
  • Online resources for making creations and video tours are available on the website. 


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