Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Glass fronted entrance to the 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 vase made of textiles

Made in the Middle

  • 2 December 2016 — 19 February 2017 *on now

Made in the Middle is a recurring touring exhibition highlighting some of the best contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands. Featuring both recent graduates and makers with established reputations, there is a wealth of innovative creativity on display, including ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and textiles.

Selected by an expert panel through open entry, the exhibition reflects the latest developments and trends in craft. The eighth in the series, the exhibition provides a great opportunity to purchase and commission work from some of the best makers in the region.

This exhibition was developed in partnership with Craftspace. Made in the Middle 2016 is part of Craftspace’s 30th anniversary programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Painting of Henry VIII

Face to Face: Portraits Through Time

  • 3 February — 4 June 2017 *on now

Friday 3 February 2017 to Sunday 4 June 2017
Famous Faces from Jessica Ennis Hill to Henry VIII, featuring loans from The National Portrait Gallery, The Arts Council Collection, The Courtauld and the Photo Archive Miners.

Explore a centuries-old fascination with capturing our own image.

Snapshots of ordinary people sit alongside Henry VIII, Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie and Princess Diana. Investigate why we make portraits and the hidden messages that they are trying to convey, through paintings, photographs, sculptures and interactive activities.

The National Portrait Gallery has generously supported this exhibition with ten loans from the Collection. The Arts Council Collection, The Courtauld Gallery and Photo Archive Miners have also kindly loaned works for the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age





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.
People using crafting materials

Herbert Lates: Museums at Night

  • 19 May 2017 7:30-10:30pm

An unconventional evening of drinks, music, crafts, performance and more.

Over 18s only.

Suitable for

  • 18+


FREE, book in advance



Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Jordan Well






024 7623 7521

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