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.
Korabra by Gavin Jantjes

Paintings by Gavin Jantjes

  • 27 February — 21 August 2016 *on now

As part of a collaboration with the Black Artists and Modernism project, the Herbert will be displaying a selection of paintings by Gavin Jantjes taken from his Korabra series. These powerful and dramatic paintings, which were created while Jantjes was artist in residence at the Coventry West Indian Association in 1986, examine the impact of the slave trade.

They will be on display in the Art Since 1900 gallery from 27 February.



Degas Dancers

Degas Dancers

  • 11 March — 19 June 2016 *on now

This is a unique opportunity to see one of the masterpieces of The Courtauld Gallery’s collection in Coventry. We will be showing Edgar Degas’ famous painting, Two dancers on a stage alongside three other works by the artist.

A founding member of the Impressionist group of artists, Degas was fascinated with the ballet, painting dancers at rest, practicing and performing.

Coventry played a key role in the success of the Courtauld company. In 1905 the company built its first viscose plant in Coventry, employing thousands of people. The wealth generated enabled Samuel Courtauld to develop his magnificent collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, which form the basis of the Courtauld Gallery collection.



Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

  • 22 April — 3 July 2016 *on now

The Vanity of Small Differences is a series of six large-scale tapestries by the Turner-Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, which explore the British fascination with taste and class. Inspired by the 18th century painter William Hogarth’s moral tale, A Rake’s Progress, Perry’s tapestries follow the life of a fictional character called Tim Rakewell, as he develops from infancy through his teenage and middle years, to his untimely death in a bloody car accident.

The tapestries are rich in both content and colour and depict many of the eccentricities and peculiarities associated with life in the UK, from interior design to British cuisine, political protest and celebrity gossip. The composition of each tapestry also recalls early Renaissance religious painting, drawing us in to an art historical, as well as a socio-political exploration.

The UK tour of the tapestries is supported by the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation

Alongside this exhibition, there will be a display of the Herbert’s collection of studies made by Graham Sutherland for the monumental tapestry which hangs behind the altar of Coventry Cathedral.



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.
Herbert Lates feat. The Mee Club - Museums at Night Festival

Herbert Lates feat. The Mee Club

  • 13 May 2016 7:30-10:30pm

On one night a month the Herbert opens its doors for an exciting evening of art, music, drinks, talks, performance, and history inspired fun.

This month we welcome back Drink and Draw. It’s a free sociable event for anybody that likes to doodle. We’ll be linking with the BBC Storytelling Festival so will have plenty of inspiration for your tiddly scribbling.

Don’t miss the Mee Club! Coventry’s own true life storytelling event where you’ll hear tales to delight, enthral, excite and entertain. The theme this month is Small Things. A gift...a remark...a secret...a gesture...a dog...a promise...a beginning...a piece of jewellery...an insect...a flower...an idea...all of these things can have an impact.

Small things can transform our world - for better or worse!

If you’d like to share a story of your own then you can find out how here where there's information about pre-pitching your story to guarantee your place or the option to turn up on the night and be given a slot if there's one free.

If you would like to tell a story but feel like you need a little guidance, you can book onto the workshop that's being held a week before on www.theherbert.org.

Tonight’s show will be hosted by Rich Stokes and Jane Campion Hoye with special guest tellers: Kristina Gavran and Tina Hofman.

Our new Grayson Perry exhibition The Vanity of Small Differences will be open and you can be the first to see the Coventry Open which launches on the same night.

To complement the Perry exhibition we are delighted to welcome Ian Swankie who will give a talk entitled Pots and Frocks – the World of Grayson Perry From Essex Punk Potter to Superstar National Treasure. You can book your place at the talk for only £6.31 (including £1.31 Eventbrite transaction fee) by visiting www.theherbert.org.

Our café will be under new management and we hope to have an array of delicious refreshments for the evening, including a guest beer or two!

Different every time, bring your friends and join us after hours. Don’t miss out!

Herbert Lates are for strictly over 18’s.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Free admission but some elements may charge.
Let us know that you're coming, visit www.theherbert.org to register and go to our Eventbrite page.



Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Jordan Well






024 7623 7521

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