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.
poster of BTH logo and planes flying with text

British Thomson Houston and Whittle

  • 14 April — 3 June 2017 *on now

Rugby has a long and distinguished engineering heritage. The expertise and innovations created in the factories of British Thomson Houston BTH, Willans Works and Lodge Plugs have influenced everyday life, allowing us to fly in a jet plane, power a ship or start a car. In April 1937 Frank Whittle tested the first jet engine at BTH works in Leicester Road, Rugby. To mark 80 years since this historic event we take a look at the museum's social history collection relating to the company.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Colourful painting of bridge over river with barge

The Rugby Collection

  • 14 April — 3 June 2017 *on now

Rugby’s nationally known collection of 20th century and contemporary British art will be showcased in its annual spring exhibition. This year we have a theme of Health and Wellbeing and artworks have been selected by the team to stir emotions, reaction and discussion with our visitors. We are interested in how art exhibitions can influence the wellbeing of visitors. The exhibition also includes works on loan from Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum’s collection, which is inspired by the history of the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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

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