Market Hall Museum

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.
Arty Tots

Arty Tots get messy with their Grandparents

  • 6 October 2014 — 9 May 2016 *on now

Every Monday
10.00 am - 12.00 noon
Bring along your grandchildren and watch them get creative with inspired messy art and story telling. Grandparents can get involved or just sit back and relax.
Cost: £3.00 per child, £5.00 for two children.
Suitable for ages 5 and under. Places must be booked in advance at Market Hall Museum on 01926 412501. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6


£3.00, £5 for two children

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Family Events at Market Hall Museum

  • 12 September 2015

Come and join us for family activities and talks exploring our collections.

10 00-Meet our Baby Warwickshire Ichthyosaur. See and learn about this fascinating creature with our Curator of Natural Sciences, Jon Radley.

11 00-Explore our shoes. View shoes from our collection
everything from early examples of shoes and how they were made to a pair of 1970s platforms with Collections Assistant of Human History,Becki Morris

12 00- How to keep Warm Animal Style-Explore how different species have adapted to keep warm with Collections Assistant of Natural Sciences Laura McCoy.

13 00-Art of the Prehistoric Metalsmith. View some examples from our collections and find out how they were made with our Curator of Human History, Sara Wear

10 00-14 00 Get crafty with our make and take activities downstairs at the museum.

No need to book just drop in.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Market Hall Museum
Market Hall
Market Place
CV34 4SA




01926 412 500


01926 419 840

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