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.

Picasso: Linocuts From The British Museum

  • 9 September — 3 December 2017 *on now

With an unprecedented versatility and strength of style, Pablo Picasso pushed the boundaries of creativity throughout his lifetime. One of the most influential artists of the modern age, Picasso’s work is instantly recognisable.

Showcasing works created in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Picasso: Linocuts from the British Museum explores the artist’s expressive and experimental works with linocut techniques and ceramics. Produced when Picasso was over eighty years old, Still Life under the Lamp, Jacqueline Reading and Nude Woman at the Spring highlight his skilful yet risky approach.

Studying the method in detail, Picasso was able to confidently and often permanently alter his designs as he created a print, trialling new approaches to depth and composition. The bold simplification of shapes and figures that Picasso adopted in his linocuts was a style well suited to his experimental and highly inventive approach to decorating ceramics.

Acquired by the British Museum in 2014 (with the support of the Art Fund), this exhibition presents some of Picasso’s most important works in linocut, alongside a selection of ceramics on loan from Leicester Arts and Museums Service, by kind permission of the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough.

This exhibition was developed in partnership with the British Museum and National Museums Liverpool. Generously supported by the Dorset Foundation.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Ornate golden throne

Crafts Of The Punjab: Explore The V&A's South Asian Collection

  • 20 October 2017 — 21 January 2018 *on now

For thousands of years, the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent has been a cultural crossroad, resulting in a rich and vibrant legacy of arts and crafts.

Seen in the most everyday objects, the delicate and detailed artistry of local craftspeople has been woven into fabrics, carved into furniture and engraved on precious ornaments for centuries.

Using the exceptional collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Crafts of the Punjab has been created especially for the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, and presents the extensive range of arts and crafts made across the area from the 2nd to the19th century.

Discover the skilful art of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain sculpture, Amritsar’s delicately carved ivories, Hoshiarpur’s elaborate musical instruments and Sialkot’s gold-inlaid steel artefacts. One of the most extraordinary pieces on show will be the Golden Throne made by a Muslim craftsman in Lahore for Ranjit Singh, the first Sikh Maharaja of the Punjab.

Journey across the ‘land of five rivers’, and uncover the cross-cultural influences that shaped this remarkable region, now divided between India and Pakistan.

Featuring never before exhibited objects, famous artefacts and unique masterpieces of craftsmanship, this is a rare opportunity to view these stunning works outside London.

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.
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Sensory Stories And Rhymes

  • 31 October 2017 From 10:30am
  • 7 November 2017 From 10:30am
  • 14 November 2017 From 10:30am
  • 28 November 2017 From 10:30am
  • 5 December 2017 From 10:30am
  • 12 December 2017 From 10:30am

Every Tuesday during Coventry-term time

Childminders' session: 10.30am - 11.00am
Our childminder session is an opportunity for you to meet with other child care providers, increases your children’s social experiences, and we will offer additional support if needed during the session to help you when caring for multiple children.

Open to all: 11.30pm – 12.00pm
Have fun and explore our galleries through songs, stories and rhymes in these inventive Early Years sessions. Explore our collections through songs, stories, movement and sensory play. A regular chance to get your little one learning with friends.

Suitable for age 0 - 4

Suitable for

  • 0-4


£1 per child

Copper Candelabra Workshop

  • 21 October 2017 1-3:30pm *on now

With exposed pipework and metal finishes popping up all over Pinterest, this workshop is a great way to try out the industrial trend. Learn basic metalwork techniques, including how to cut copper pipes, attach them together and finish them to create your own candelabra design. You'll be surprised what you can do with the right tools and don't worry, there are no hacksaws, just great fun designing and experimenting with shapes - anyone can do it!

During the session, you'll learn from Etsy based jewellery and homewares designer Melodie Telliez. She will teach you the skills you need to know and advise you on your design. Whether you follow her examples or create your own ideas, you'll leave with a host of new metalworking skills that won't require investing in a metal shop of your own. All materials will be provided.

Suitable for age 16+

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+





A collection of books, taxidermy and dolls

Nightmares And Nibbles

  • 27 — 31 October 2017

As All Hallows approaches, join Dr Frankenstein at this medieval hospital site for a sip and a nibble at the grand unveiling of a secret laboratory. This lab and clinic explores the properties of the human body and soul creating miracle cures for those daring to try this selection of tasty yet gruesome delights…

Dive into the Doctor’s reality in this full-on, no holds barred immersive theatrical experience in the medieval surroundings of the Old Grammar School. A darkly humorous bodily buffet will slay your hunger pangs whilst experimental cocktail concoctions will unleash your inner monster.

Absolutely not for the faint hearted! This is the perfect treat for pre-Halloween celebrations or the big night itself…

Scenery will feature historic taxidermy from the Herbert’s collection.
All food is vegan - despite its appearance. Gluten free is catered for on request, please notify us at time of booking and no later than 48 hours before performance. Please notify us of any allergies in advance.
Bar will be open before the performance.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£25 including half a bottle of wine and food as part of the experience



Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Jordan Well






024 7623 7521

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