Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Photograph of the outside of Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
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Rugby Art Gallery and Museum opened in spring 2000 in a purpose built contemporary building.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Bank Holidays 12pm - 4pm

Closed: Sundays & Mondays

Admission charges

Free Entry

The Rugby Collection of 20th century and contemporary British art including prints and paintings by Stanley Spencer, Bridget Riley, L S Lowry and Lucian Freud. The Collection is not on permanent display but is shown for several weeks annually.
The Archaeology Gallery showcases Roman artifacts from Tripontium, an important Roman settlement near Rugby. Other recent finds are also display
The Social History Collection has a changing programme of exhibitions displaying objects reflecting Rugby's industrial history, impact of war and the changing pattern of family life.

Collection details

Social History, Fine Art, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Tripontium
  • Rugby Collection
  • Bridget Riley
  • Stanley Spencer
  • Lucian Freud
  • L S Lowry
  • Barbara Hepworth
  • Paula Rego
  • Paul Nash
  • Walter Sickert
  • Prunella Clough
  • Louis le Brocquy
  • Leon Kossoff
  • Humphrey Spender
  • David Tindle
  • Carel Weight
  • Evelyn Williams
  • Christopher Wood
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image of 2 old leather soccer balls

Our Sporting Life

  • 28 January — 25 March 2017 *on now

From angling to swimming, we look back at clubs and individuals who have taken part in sports in the Borough. This exhibition will include trophies,photographs, medals and programmes from the Social History Collection.

Also on display Rugby Town Football Club 60 Years of ‘The Valley’

Rugby’s senior football club was formed by a group of New Bilton teenagers. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first ever competitive match played by Valley Sports (now known as Rugby Town FC) we will showcase memorabilia from its history, kindly lent by the club. Featured will be items from their FA Vase victory at
Wembley Stadium on 30 April 1983 and profiles of the manager Jimmy Knox and goal scorer Ian Crawley.

Suitable for

  • Any age
An image of the large pink and red inflatable that writhes around the gallery

Sculpting the Museum: Michael Shaw

  • 28 January — 25 March 2017 *on now

Sculpting the Museum is a site specific response to the architecture and collections of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum. Michael Shaw has created a humongous site-specific inflatable that will writhe around the gallery. INF21 is a dynamic response to the architecture of the Art Gallery and in particular its circular annex and columns. The inflatable’s size and geometry mean it is less a sculpture to be observed and more a sculpture to be experienced by moving around. Michael has also selected objects from the collection that he felt could be sculptures in their own right and then made sculptures in response.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Curator Talk

  • 25 March 2017 1:30pm-2:30am

Michael Shaw, curator of Sculpting the Exhibition, talks about the giant inflatable INF21 and the objects and sculptures of display

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Education Packs for schools

Eduaction packs designed to assist teachers in school trips to Rugby Art Gallery ang Museum. The packs contain activities for the children complete based on exhibits displayed and extra activities performed within the museum. There are currently two packs available: Tripontium (roman) and Ancient Egypt.

How to obtain

Contact Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on 01788 533201 to talk about booking a trip.

Loan Boxes

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has loan boxes available to schools and organisations for a maximum period of two weeks. There are five different subjects available for loan: Romans, Victorians, World War II, Rugby Through The Ages and William Webb Ellis.
Prices usually £5 but can vary depending on terms of use and can be discussed upon contact with the gallery.

How to obtain

Contact a member of staff at the gallery to request a box and the dates required. This will be confirmed via the telephone

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Little Elborow Street
CV21 3BZ




01788 533201


01788 533204

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.