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The Lowry is a mixed-use facility — part art gallery and part theater — contained in a modern steel and glass structure. You'll find everything from a permanent exhibition showcasing the works of beloved British artist L.S. Lowry, who was born in the greater Manchester suburb of Stretford near the Old Trafford football stadium. While here, you can also attend comedy shows and contemporary dance performances. In addition to the visual and performing arts, the Lowry also contains a restaurant, a bar and a cafe.

A TripAdvisor user found the Lowry exhibit especially captivating, saying, "Lowry led an incredible life and the gallery and info really do his life justice walking you through what he went through."

You'll find the Lowry in the Salford Quays, about 3 miles west of the city center (accessible by the MediaCityUK Metrolink tram stop). The main galleries, which are free of admission, are open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturdays, the main galleries open at 10 a.m. Performance times and ticket prices vary; for more information on upcoming shows, visit the Lowry's website.

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