Market Hall Museum

Market Hall Museum
Market Hall
Market Place
CV34 4SA




01926 412 500


01926 419 840

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Market Hall Museum
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Built in 1670 as a market place, it originally contained arches on all four walls (later converted to windows), to provide under-cover space for stalls.

In the 19th century, the archways were railed off, and the space was used for stocks. These were on wheels, and the offender had to pull them into the railed area before being locked into them.

The stocks were used as punishment for drunkenness as late as 1872.

The building is now a branch of Warwick County Museum, concentrating upon the history, natural history, archaeology and social history of Warwickshire.

It also houses the World famous Sheldon Tapestry Map of Warwickshire, produced in tiny rural Barcheston.

Market Hall has a small shop which offers a range of gifts to suit all ages. The nearest public toilets are located in the Market Square and there are many nice cafes and tea rooms within a very close distance of the museum.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

10.00am - 5.00pm Tuesdays - Saturdays and
Bank Holiday Mondays (all year round)

11.30am - 5.00pm Sundays (April - September only)

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Natural Sciences

Key artists and exhibits

  • Sheldon Tapestry
  • Brodie
  • Spicer
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.

Top Hats & Easter Bonnets

  • 23 April 2014 10:30am-12pm, 2-3:30pm *on now

What sort of hats do you like to wear? Come along and try on some historic caps, bonnets and hats and find out all about historic headwear that was made in Warwickshire. See how fashions have changed over time and design and make your own Easter bonnet or top hat to impress your friends with!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets £2.50 per child, under 5s £1 No need to book, just drop in.

Market Hall Museum

Ancient Climates

  • 1 May 2014 12:30-1pm

Learn what our collections at the Museum can tell you about Ancient Climates.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+




Bitesize History

  • 1 May — 3 July 2014

Bitesize History
Need to spice up your lunchbreak? Come and sample our bitesize exploratory sessions. Each one showcases a different part of the Museum’s collections. A short, informal session led by one of our curators.
Ancient Climates, Thursday 1st May
Learn what our collections at the Museum can tell you about Ancient Climates.

Coins, Thursday 5th June
Learn about Warwickshire Museum's coin collections and look at some examples, including coins from our Roman collection, in the Archaeology Gallery

The Social History of Ribbons Thursday 3rd July
Find out more about our locally produced ribbon by Josiah Fulleylove and what it would have been used for to how we use ribbon now and what it represents.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Free but donations welcome


Picture of Market Hall Museum

The Great Warwickshire Show and Tell

  • 16 May 2014 3-10pm

On the 16th May 2014 we will turn the centre of Warwick town into a the”Greatest Show and Tell on earth”. It will be very public museum with more than 50 exhibition spaces all curated by local people which will bring together the fantastic and personal heritage and culture of Warwickshire including art, music, food, industry and much more. Artist Alex Hartley will curate the event and create an exhibition which represents the richness of Warwickshire.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


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Volcano Day

  • 28 May 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

Did you know there used to be volcanoes in Warwickshire a long time ago? Discover how rocks migrate through the rock cycle – and how some of them become molten magma and end up erupting out of a volcano! Make a model of a volcano with craft materials and come along to our ‘rock lab’ to discover how rocks form and see a working demonstration of a volcanic explosion!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • Especially for children


£2.50 per child, under 5s £1.00.