History of the Walker Art Gallery

Photograph of the exterior of the gallery with fireworks overhead

The Walker Art Gallery is the national gallery of the North. For 130 years it has housed Liverpool’s most outstanding art collection. Many of the gallery’s most important works have been on display in the city for nearly 200 years.

The history of the gallery and its collection reflects the people of Liverpool’s commitment to and appreciation of the arts. It also illustrates the generosity of the city’s leaders in ensuring public access to such works.

Here you can find out more about the Walker’s long history and how it came to be one of the country’s greatest galleries.