Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Jordan Well






024 7683 2386


024 7629 4790

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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

Exhibition, Art Gallery, Photography,

Caught in the Crossfire: Artistic responses to conflict, peace and reconciliation

Caught in the Crossfire explores how artists grapple with both the brutality of war and the desire for peace.

The exhibition takes us on a challenging journey from the home front to the frontline and back again, as seen through the eyes of artists, soldiers and people affected by conflict. Visitors will travel through divided lands, debate the role of protest art, explore the aesthetics of violence and machinery of war, and reflect upon the aftermath of war where hope emerges and lives are rebuilt.

On show will be historical works alongside contemporary works by Banksy, Peter Howson,
kennardphillipps and John Keane.

A Heritage Lottery Fund Collecting Cultures project in partnership with Wolverhampton Art Gallery

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.

Fabulous Fossils

  • 24 April 2014 10:30-11:30am *on now

Learn about the formation of fossils through object handling, casting and then painting your own fossil.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15


Booking is required. £2.50 per child. Suitable for age 6+. Booking opens on the first day of the Easter activity programme, please call 024 7623 7521 or ask at reception.




An Uninvited Guest…

  • 25 April 2014 11am-1:30pm

Join us for a short interactive talk with specimens from our collection about the bugs that we share our homes with. Eeuuuuhhh! These talks will be held at 11:00 and 13:00.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Life in the Air…

  • 24 April 2014 1:30-2pm *on now

A fantastic opportunity for children to meet an expert from Brandon Marsh Nature reserve at this informal family talk. Learn lots of interesting facts about our beautiful British birds and how we can attract them to our garden. You can also ask questions.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13




Beaking Mad

  • 24 April 2014 10:30am-3pm *on now

Using junk modelling materials, make a hand puppet bird that can talk using a clever mechanism. This workshop will run at 10:30 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:00.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13





The Modern Toss Late Night Activity Centre

  • 16 May 2014 From 6:30pm

For one night only... the ever inventive, mischievous cult cartoonists Modern Toss celebrate a decade of their ground breaking satirical artwork.

With participatory delights such as live drawing event 'The F***YEUX 2 Tapestry', The Modern Toss Portrait Booth and The Periodic Table of Swearing, the evening promises to be a unique, foul mouthed occasion you'll never experience again!

Also featuring Drink & Draw - Coventry's favourite social event for anyone who loves to doodle!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Museums At Night

  • 17 May 2014 From 6:30pm

Join us to discover the life of the museum out of hours! Enjoy live music, marching Romans, make and take activities and film screenings - we'll have something to delight families and grown-ups alike.

Find out full details and reserve your place at www.theherbert.org.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age