Market Hall Museum
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.
10.00am - 5.00pm Tuesdays - Saturdays and
Bank Holiday Mondays (all year round)
11.30am - 5.00pm Sundays (April - September only)
Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Natural Sciences
Key artists and exhibits
- Sheldon Tapestry
The Grand Reopening of Market Hall Museum
- 18 February 2017 10:30am-5pm
Join us at 10.30am and be one of the first to step inside the new Warwickshire Museum!
Be amazed by the new displays and interactives, and join one of our special MusGuided Tours (from theatre company Talking Birds) for an alternative and offbeat look at the collection! Get creative and help us build a life size Warwickshire bear with Ruth and Adrian Spaak. Try out one of the new family museum trails and listen to a selection of Show and Tell talks by our museum curators and archivists. All activities are FREE, just drop in.
- Any age
Arty Tots at Market Hall Museum
- 21 February 2017 10:30am-3pm
Bring along your little ones and let them discover the new museum. Play with pattern, design, and lots of lovely materials at this creative session.
Cost: £2.50 per child. Suitable for under 5s, older siblings welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just drop in.
Jurassic Beasts and Horace the Travelling Pliosaur
- 22 February 2017 10:30am-3pm
Discover more about Warwickshire’s Jurassic past and get up close with fossils from the handling collections. Help us complete an underwater dinosaur diorama. Create an articulated sea beast that would have roamed Jurassic Warwickshire and make a terrifying dinosaur mask to wear home. £2.50 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just drop in
Plus visit Horace the Travelling Pliosaur Cinema
MarketPlace, 11.30am - 1.00pm and 2.30pm - 4.00pm.
Horace the Pliosaur is a giant, 35 foot-long sea lizard. Fresh out of the Jurassic ocean, Horace is 165 million years old. That’s even older than your Grandad. Brought to you by performing professors and dotty groom Joe, audiences are invited to explore Horace and help prepare him for the day, brushing his teeth and massaging his paddles, before venturing inside his belly on a cinematic journey full of slimy surprises! Performances will be free but ticketed, and will last for 40 minutes. Tickets can be collected from 10.30am from a steward stationed by Horace.
- 24 February 2017 8-10pm
Experience Market Hall Museum in a new light with a silent disco delivered by the Warwickshire Young Creatives. Age 16+ only. Cost: £3 , Bar available, I.D required. Please note that security will be checking bags at the door and there will be a cloakroom available free of charge. Guests are not permitted to bring alcohol into this event. Book tickets at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageboxoffice
- 24 February 2017 10:30am-3pm
Celebrate science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics with a day of
STEAMpunk fun. Build a flapping bird and create some steampunk-style goggles! Follow the mathematical museum trail and find out if you can hold your nerve in a tea duelling
competition. Come dressed up in your best STEAMpunk clothes or try on some replica
costume . £2.50 per child. No need to book, just drop in, children must be accompanied by an adult. Take a FREE ride in ‘Pif-Pafs’ spectacular, theatrical vehicles, which will be taking trips around the Market Place during the day.
Sponsored by Phillips 66.
‘Our Warwickshire’ - Open Mic storytelling event
- 25 February 2017 5-7pm
Do you have a story you would like to tell? As part of our very first storytelling event, we are are inviting storytellers to share their tales of Warwickshire. Whether funny, sad, big, small, weird wonderful, heartwarming or malevolent, we want to hear from you. The event will be hosted by renowned podcast producer and storytelling champion Dave Pickering.
You don't have to be a professional performer to take part. We are looking for people from all walks of life, and you don't need any experience.
Stories should be up to 7 minutes in length. Book a performance slot in advance by contacting email@example.com or sign up on the night. Suitable for 14yrs . FREE, just drop in.
Storytelling workshop with Dave Pickering
- 25 February 2017 2-4pm
Do you have a story you would like to tell? Led by renowned storyteller Dave Pickering, this workshop will show you how to find and shape a story. Through practical exercises you will explore ways in which stories can be told and develop confidence to then share your story with a live audience. Following the workshop, stay and share your story as part of our open mic storytelling event. Suitable for 14yrs +. FREE, book tickets at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageboxoffice
Market Hall Museum
01926 412 500
01926 419 840