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.
Collage image of woman's eyes with 1960s make up, rocket launch, scissors, colour print

Pop! British And American Art 1960 -1975

  • 15 February — 3 June 2018 *on now

Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Peter Blake, Pauline Boty and others, arrived on the scene in a riot of colour, with no manifesto or shared aims, absorbing and borrowing from popular culture as they went, and challenging notions of originality and what it meant to create art.

The classic Pop Art on show include an eight-metre-long fighter plane by James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup tin, a lament for Marilyn Monroe by Pauline Boty, Joe Tilson’s iconic images of Che Guevara and prints by Peter Blake.

Featuring recognisable works from both sides of the Atlantic, this exciting exhibition offers an insight into the modern age’s most important art movement.

This show has been developed as a partnership between the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.



Irish Heart, Coventry Home

Irish Heart, Coventry Home

  • 10 March — 10 April 2018 *on now

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.
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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