FAQs | The Victoria Art Gallery

Subject to Government guidance, Victoria Art Gallery will reopen in May 2021. 

Image: Visitors viewing The Vanity of Small Differences, Grayson Perry Image: Visitors viewing The Vanity of Small Differences, Grayson Perry Show image info

Visitors viewing The Vanity of Small Differences, Grayson Perry



Are you open every day? 

We are open daily from 10.30 - 17.00. We are closed on 25 - 26 December and 1 January.

Where can I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets online or on arrival at the Victoria Art Gallery entrance desk.

Is the Victoria Art Gallery free?

Entry is free to our permanent collection displays in the Upper Galleries, and to any exhibition in the downstairs small gallery. There is a charge for the temporary exhibitions in the large ground floor gallery.

How often do exhibitions change? 

Temporary exhibitions change every 6-12 weeks.

Can I park nearby?

There is a small amount of metered on-street parking in the area, otherwise the closest car parks are: The Podium or the Sports and Leisure Centre, both 4hr maximum stays. Blue Badge holders may park on a single yellow line in Bridge Street, alongside of the Gallery and very close to our accessible entrance. Find out car park space availability and car park charges on the Council website.

Do you have a bike store?

There is no onsite storage but there are bike stands close by in High Street and Northgate Street.

Is the gallery fully accessible?

Our accessible entrance is on Bridge Street and we have a lift to the upper floor. We have a wheelchair that can be borrowed for the duration of your visit. More details are available on our accessibility page.

How sustainable is the Victoria Art Gallery?

We seek to reduce our carbon footprint in many different ways including using energy-efficient lighting and being committed to recycling. You can read our full list of initiatives on our Sustainability page

Is there anywhere to leave coats and bags?

We are very sorry, but we do not have any cloakroom facilities. We ask visitors to keep all belongings with them when visiting.

Is there a café?

We do not have a café, but we do have a lovely area to relax in our rotunda where a freshly brewed drink can be obtained from a machine, for a small charge.

What is there for children to do? 

In the Upper Gallery there is an “Art Cart” with lots of activities, including trails, drawing materials, dressing up items and books.

Are there baby changing facilities? 

Yes, we have baby changing facilities in our accessible toilet.

Are there guided tours?

There are usually weekly guided tours of the temporary exhibitions. Our knowledgeable volunteers are always willing to help with information about works of art on display.

Can I take photos? 

Photography of our permanent collection is allowed without flash. Due to copyright issues, we rarely allow photography in the temporary exhibitions. Please ask for permission at the Gallery desk.

Can I sketch/draw in the Gallery?

You are very welcome to sketch, but we ask that you only use dry materials.

Is there a shop?

We have a lovely shop on the ground floor selling a range of postcards, greetings cards, books and original gifts.



What is in the Gallery’s collection?

The collection contains oil paintings, prints, watercolours, sculptures, ceramics and glass from the 15th century until the present day. You can see a snapshot of our collection on the Art UK website.

Can I see works that are not on display?

We hold monthly store tours that look behind the scenes. These are free but need to be booked in advance on 01225 477233. Places are limited. To view specific items an appointment will need to be made with the collections department giving two weeks’ notice.

What is the Gallery collecting policy? 

The Gallery collects paintings, drawings, prints and decorative art. One of our collecting priorities is works relating to the local area. We are always interested in acquiring pieces with links to objects we already have.

Can you value my artworks?

No, we have no expertise in this area. You need to approach an auction house instead.

Can I view the collection online? 

Part of the collection is online; we hope to add to this in future. To find out more about what else we have in the collection please email [email protected] with details of what you’re looking for.

How do I go about using images of items in the collection? 

The Victoria Art Gallery image use is licensed through the Bridgeman Art Library. If you cannot find what you are looking for on the Bridgeman website, please e-mail us at [email protected] and we will do our best to help.

How can I look up a conservator?

Please visit the Conservation Register website, a register of all accredited conservators.


You and your Gallery

How can I get involved in the Gallery?

We have an enthusiastic team of Front of House volunteers and are always looking for more. If you are interested in joining us, please visit the job opportunities page. We also have a Friends group that help raise funds and put on events. 

How do I find out about jobs at the gallery? 

As we are a Council run gallery, any vacancies will be advertised on www.bathnes.gov.uk/jobs

How do I go about giving something to the gallery collection?

If you wish to give something to the gallery, please contact the collections department here.

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