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.
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

The Great Warwickshire Show and Tell

The Great Warwickshire Show and Tell

  • 15 May 2015 2:30-9pm

Following on from last year’s success of Market Hall Museum winning the Museums at Night Connect 10 programme, on the night of the 15th of May 2015 we will yet again, transform Warwick town centre into “The Great Warwickshire Show and Tell”. It will be a very public exhibition with more than 50 exhibition spaces which will all be curated by local people and will bring together the fantastic and personal heritage and culture of Warwickshire.

We are inviting community groups/organisations to occupy and curate the stalls, displaying what defines them and telling the story of why their part of Warwickshire or their particular interest in the County is great.

We have a limited number of free “market” style stalls available although a number of other non-stall based spaces can be negotiated for performers.

Every exhibitor will be expected to show objects/items that they feel represent their hobby /group / activities. All displays will be the responsibility of the stall holder.
All interpretation will be verbal (encouraging exhibitors to tell their stories and talk to the public).
Apart from your title/name. All advertising and promotion will be kept “under the counter” (This is not a trading event). We do not mind you sharing publicity material but we want you to prioritise telling your story first.
If you would like to occupy a stall/require a space, please email Please note due to high demand we may not able to offer everyone a ‘stall’.We will be aiming represent the full scope of Warwickshire’s diverse communities, heritage and culture and we will try to ensure this is reflected in the exhibition. The decision of the panel will be final.

Suitable for

  • Any age