Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

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We provide places for the people of Coventry and visitors to the City to meet, celebrate and explore their cultural and creative past, present and futures.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Archive

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1600
Sun 1200-1600

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History

Hippo Skull


The Herbert has extensive and wide ranging collections which are grouped under four broad headings:
• Visual Arts
• Social and Industrial History
• Archaeology
• Natural History

The museum collections contain hundreds of thousands of items ranging from tiny insects to large industrial machinery like a jacquard loom, and from everyday household objects to fine paintings by important artists.


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
a toddler in the play space

Early Years Exhibition: A Very Viking Voyage

  • 8 June — 28 August 2017 *on now

Journey into a world of possibilities where the sea glistens, fires crackle and a world of wonder awaits ready to inspire young imaginations.

At busy times you may be asked to wait.

Group bookings and SEN early bird sessions are available on selected days. Please email lisa.ford@culturecoventry.com for further details.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children



Vikings by the ocean

Fearsome Craftsmen: Discover The Artistry Of The Viking World

  • 1 July — 24 September 2017

Making the perilous journey through the crashing waves of the North Sea, the bloody and brutal Viking invasions of Britain are legendary
– but what did they do while they were here?

Step back in time and discover the 1,000 year old human innovations that built a vast empire and a flood of intercontinental migration spanning northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the coasts of Africa and even America.

Learn more about the people who settled in Britain from excavated skeletons, and explore the Norse myths and legends passed down through generations in our unique family friendly Viking settlement. See real examples of Viking crafts including intricate metalwork, and a replica 15ft
fishing boat, decorated with designs which reveal the true creative spirit of the Viking Age.

A touring exhibition from Jorvik Viking Centre.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



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.
Concrete pendants

Concrete Jewellery Workshop

  • 24 June 2017 *on now

Join jewellery designer/maker Rhiannon Palmer and learn how to create stunning necklaces from concrete. A finalist in the Etsy Award 2016, Rhiannon has hosted these workshops at a range of London venues including the London Craft Club and the Museum of London.

Through the creation of unique, hand cast concrete jewellery Rhiannon aims to show others just how tactile and beautiful concrete can be.

" Concrete is too often thought of as a harsh industrial material, but it has such versatility as a creative medium. It has this amazingly tactile quality with the ability to be both rough and smooth. "
- Rhiannon Palmer

Over the course of this workshop you will design and make two concrete necklaces. In doing this you will learn about the design process, how to work safely with concrete and basic mould making skills.

Suitable for 16+

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children



A woman wearing an elaborate fascinator made from natural items

Pearls And Swine: A Midsummer Fascinator Workshop

  • 2 July 2017

A unique hat-making workshop with pop surreal milliner Pearls & Swine. Self taught milliner Binks will be bringing her avant-garde fascinator workshop to the Midlands for the first time after hosting sucessful workshops at the V&A and The Museum of London.

Create your own fascinator inspired by the season – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Perfect for summer parties, weddings and festivals. This fun workshop is perfect for beginners and curious minds. A full range of top quality materials will be supplied.

Suitable for ages 16+

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children





painty children in overalls

Mini Makers: Sunny Summer

  • 6 July 2017

Mini Makers is a monthly event where those aged 0-4 can experience the wonders of mark making and exploring art through activities suitable for even the littlest of hands. Each month will be themed differently, with lots of opportunities for playing with paint and other craft materials**. This month the theme is 'Sunny Summer.'

Summer is here and we are helping the sun to shine in the museum. This month we will be making beautiful butterflies, sandy sunshine art and drip-drop flowers.

This is a fun and inspiring experience for you to share with your children as they create their first artworks for you to take home. Best of all you get to leave all the mess at the museum!

Suitable for 0 - 4s, but all are welcome.
Drop in anytime

*You may be asked to wait at busy times.

**Please note the Mini Makers activities will involve paint and will be messy. We will have aprons available, but parents may wish to strip their children down to their nappies/underwear, alternatively dress them in something that won't matter if it gets a bit painty! Don't forget a spare outfit packed in your bag.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children





silversmith working

Introduction To Silversmithing

  • 8 July 2017

This full day course will teach you all the basic techniques of cutting, etching, texturing and soldering to design and make your own piece of jewellery on the day led by our informative tutors, Laura and Naim. Suitable for beginners and people with previous experience, 16+.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children





Viking group standing by the ocean

Herbert Illuminations: Bringing The Vikings To Life

  • 18 July 2017

Join Chris Tuckley, Head of Interpretation for the JORVIK Group in York, to look back on more than 30 years of innovative techniques and methods to bring the Viking past to life.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children



A woman in viking clothing beckoning

Summer Holidays: Family Day

  • 28 July 2017

Join us for our biggest family day of the year and learn all about the Vikings! Including crafts, face painting, weaponry displays, warrior dance workshops and performances by award-winning storytellers Annamatio



Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
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024 7623 7521

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