Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

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Rugby Art Gallery and Museum opened in spring 2000 in a purpose built contemporary building. The building is also home to the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

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.
men harvesting by hand

Rural Rugby

  • 30 March — 1 September 2018 *on now

Displays from the social history collection reflecting rural life in the borough. Also includes items from Marton Museum of Country Bygones

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.
LS Lowry Head of a Man 1938 copyright The Lowry Collection, Salford

Free Tours: About Face

  • 26 May 2018 From 11am
  • 2 June 2018 From 11am
  • 9 June 2018 From 11am
  • 16 June 2018 From 11am

This Spring Rugby’s renowned collection of 20th century and contemporary British art is being exhibited and curated around the theme of portraits. Telling the story of some of the artists within the Rugby collection with help from loans from The National Portrait Gallery and The Lowry. The loans, which are all self-portraits, include Lucian Freud, Edward Bawden, Eduardo Paolozzi and Lowry.

The exhibition will also showcase new works added to the Rugby Collection, as well as some of the old favourites.


Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+




Art Lecture Series: Talking Heads

  • 26 May 2018 11am-1pm

3 lectures from Dr Conny Bailey to accompany the About Face exhibition:
Talking Heads: The Evolution of Portraiture from Antiquity to Andy Warhol
Head Starts: The Portrait and its Artistic Context
Headliners: Charting their own Course

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+




Standing Figure copyright Claudette Johnson

In conversation with...

  • 25 May 2018 7-9pm

Prominent artists Lubaina Himid and Claudette Johnson talk about their work and inspirations leading to an in conversation event.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£5 Exhibition FREE


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

Education 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.

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.