Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

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.
Photograph of the outside of Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
baby changing facilities icon Guided tours icon Library icon Study area icon Visual disability facilities icon Wheelchair access icon

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

Rugby Collection of 20th century and contemporary British art including prints and paintings by Stanley Spencer, Bridget Riley, L S Lowry and Lucian Freud.
Tripontium Collection of Roman artifacts from an important Roman settlement near Rugby.
Social History Collection 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.
Jack Lucas Gallery

The Jack Lucas Gallery

  • 3 May 2000 — 1 December 2030 *on now

Named after the Site Director of the Tripontium excavations, The Jack Lucas Gallery at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum hosts a collection of Roman artefacts found at the nearby settlement of Tripontium.

Among the many exhibits on display in this gallery are a full skeleton of a human girl and a beautifully detailed belt-buckle depicting two peacocks by a tree. Both of these finds have been dated to the fourth century AD. Also present are Roman coins, tools and pots as well as an intact milestone.

This gallery also includes information on the history of the Rugby Archaeological Society.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Rugby Art Gallery and Museum


Social History Gallery

The Social History Gallery

  • 20 December 2011 — 3 December 2030 *on now

The Social History Gallery at Rugby Museum tells the story of the people who lived (or live) in Rugby. Objects in this exhibition have been generously donated from local people and the collection continues to grow and change all the time.

The Gallery is divided into four sections focusing on different areas of peoples lives with the Community Life area focusing on establishments and events that brought people in the town together, including Schools, Sports, Clubs and objects from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and both world wars.
The Domestic and Family Life display contains objects that reflect the dedication to home life and includes games and toys, kitchenware and newspaper cuttings. The Personal Life case however, holds objects that would have belonged to one individual and been important to them such as scrapbooks, diaries, samplers and photograph albums.
Finally the Working Life area focuses on industries that made Rugby a recognised name all over the world. Objects from factories such as Willans and Robinson, British Thomson Houston and British Rail.

There are various other objects in the museum and an interactive kiosk for your information.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Rugby Art Gallery and Museum


Three panelled furoshiki (detail), cotton, with tsutugaki decoration of the crane and turtle. 1890’s

It’s a Wrap: Japanese furoshiki past and present

  • 20 September 2014 — 10 January 2015 *on now

Japanese furoshiki are square shaped textile cloths that are used to wrap and carry different types of everyday goods or gifts for a special occassion.

As well as being a very flexible way of carrying around items furoshiki can also be beautifully adorned with embroidery or stained or printed with delicate patterns rich with symbolism.

The exhibition display will include historical and contemporary furoshiki cloths. There are hundreds of ways of using furoshiki and myriad ways of wrapping, folding and tying them. The exhibition will present several examples of wrapping techniques and there will be practical advice on hand on how to go about wrapping a furoshiki of your own. Alongside the furoshiki will be contextual materials such as textile dyeing paper stencils, photographs and Japanese prints.

From wrapping up your lunch box to take to the office, making a flexible bag for day to day use or a night out on the town, or a unique way of wrapping a gift to make it an extra special present, furoshiki offer a unique way of carrying around our every-day essentials that is also very eco-friendly. We will also be exploring in the display how furoshiki offer a great alternative to using plastic bags. Come along to the exhibition to learn more about this very original Japanese custom and learn how to make your very own furoshiki.

Curated by Michele Walker.

image: Three panelled furoshiki (detail), cotton, with tsutugaki decoration of the crane and turtle. 1890’s. 83 x 79, © Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.

The exhibition includes FREE drop in activities and bookable workshops as well as a day of FREE drawing workshops for The Big Draw in October. Please see our website for more details.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Rugby Open Competition

Rugby Open 2015

  • 22 January — 15 March 2015

The annual Rugby Open exhibition presents the best artwork from the area. Artists based within a 15 mile radius of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum will display work in a variety of media from painting and photography to ceramics, textiles and 3-D work.
Many of the works are for sale, providing an ideal opportunity to purchase a unique Christmas gift.
A range of prizes are supported by local businesses and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum will offer the first prize of an exhibition in Floor One Gallery along with a People's Choice prize.

PLEASE NOTE: dates currently subject to change. please check in late 2014 for confirmed dates.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Rugby Art Gallery & Museum




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.

Rudolph Headband

  • 19 December 2014 — 3 January 2015 *on now

Create a fabulous Rudolf the red nosed reindeer headband to welcome Father Christmas and his reindeer.

Kokeshi Angels

  • 19 December 2014 — 3 January 2015 *on now

Make a beautiful Kokeshi angel to hang on your tree.

Little Discoveries - Winter Feast

  • 19 December 2014 — 3 January 2015 *on now

Dress up for a Roman winter feast

Snowman Hunt

  • 19 December 2014 — 3 January 2015 *on now

Can you spot the snowmen hidden within the gallery art works and museum? Explore the exhibitions and museum to find all the snowmen and enter your answers into our prize draw.

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