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.
Irish Heart, Coventry Home

Irish Heart, Coventry Home

  • 10 March — 10 April 2018

Focussing upon themes such as sport, music and employment, this exhibition will show how the city has been transformed over the decades.

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.

February Half Term: Poptastic Art

  • 17 — 24 February 2018 *on now

Suitable for age 3+, but all are welcome.

Saturday 17 February
Pop Art Prints
Make your prints pop with colour as you use scratch foam to create bold and beautiful designs.

Monday 19 February
Newspaper People
Give yourself a new look as you use newspaper and magazine prints to collage your self-portrait.

Tuesday 20 February
Tissue Paper Famous Faces
Give famous faces a splash of colour and layer up tissue paper to create these bold portraits.

Wednesday 21 February
Warhol Watercolours
Experiment with colours and create wonderful watercolour paintings using our ready printed templates.

Thursday 22 February
Colourful Cardboard Stamping
Cut, create and master the art of block printing using your own unique cardboard stamps.

Friday 23 February
Scrap Fabric Flags
Delve into the world of crafting and collaging with fabric as you redesign two very famous flags.

Saturday 24 February
Pop! Bang! Boom! (Free craft activity)
Colour, cut and layer your own comic book style onomatopoeia art and turn into a funny badge to adorn your outfit with.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • Any age


£2.50 unless stated (Under 2s are free). Drop in.



Mini Makers: World Book Day, 'Dear Zoo'

  • 1 March 2018 10:30am-3pm

There’s tons of creative fun for little hands and feet in these informal drop in art sessions. Arrive any time and be prepared to get messy!

Explore a different theme every month - this time it is 'World Book Day, Dear Zoo'.

Suitable for

  • 0-4


£2 per child.




Feminist Stitching Workshop

  • 3 March 2018 12:30-3:30pm

Embroidery is not the quickest way to create an image, but it shows dedication, perseverance, care, skill, patience and creativity. What better way to show our appreciation to the controversial trailblazers of feminism than to take the time to stitch a likeness of them?

You can use colour, texture, images or words. You can be quick and dirty or supremely skilled. There is no limit to what you can do with it, and in the hands of modern makers it's subversive, beautiful and infinitely varied.

You will receive a wooden embroidery hoop and needle to take home and a cotton sewing bag to carry your work in, plus full colour instruction booklet and PDFs of images from the session. There will be choice of gorgeous linen to stitch into and endless colours of embroidery thread to choose from!

Suitable for 16+.


£30 | Book online in advance



Crafting Coventry's Past

Easter Holidays: Crafting Coventry’s Past

  • 3 — 13 April 2018

Make your very own ‘Coffa’s Tree’, try your hand at wet wool felting, help us to rebuild the city wall, build a balloon powered car, plus so much more!

Suitable for

  • Any age


£2.50, under 2s free. Drop in.



Party Clutch Bag

Party Clutch Workshop

  • 21 April 2018

The finished item looks amazing, and when you say you made it yourself your friends will be blown away by your crafting skills! So come and take your place at the top table of crafting and make yourself this totally stunning accessory. What’s more, you’ll get the skills to make more whenever you want and we share all the details of our suppliers after the workshop so you can keep making.

Your bag will be big enough for a phone, purse and essential bits and bobs (measuring 18 x 6cm). The frame is a silver finish with a square clasp and you can choose to add a chain handle. Smart enough to take to a wedding or special event, this would even make a great gift for your most fabulous friend!

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£49 | Book online in advance



A Brief History of Music

GreenMatthews present A Brief History of Music

  • 13 May 2018 From 7:30am

A Brief History Of Music takes in 600 years of musical history in 90 minutes! Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this fun and fast-moving show is a whistle-stop tour of Western musical history.

Featuring long forgotten songs and tunes (not to mention jokes!) GreenMatthews paint a vibrant and vivid picture of our musical DNA, mixing the familiar and the obscure, the raucous and the reflective and the courtly and the commonplace.

The show combines the vigour of the medieval period, the musical intricacy of the Renaissance, the grandeur of the Baroque and the pomp and bombast of Victoriana. Add to that the wit of Blackadder and 1066 And All That and the stage is set for a veritable musical feast!

Complete with a bewildering array of instruments such as virginal, rauschpfeife and lute (and that’s just the first 100 years!) A Brief History of Music uses tunes, songs and humour to take you on a musical journey from which you won’t want to return!

Suitable for 8+

Doors open at 7.00pm

Suitable for

  • Any age


£11, book online in advance.



Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Jordan Well






024 7623 7521

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