Compton Verney

Compton Verney
CV35 9HZ


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The Robert Adam mansion and surrounding Capability Brown parkland that is home to Compton Verney Art Gallery
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Visitors of all ages are warmly welcomed to this award-winning art gallery. Housed in a grade I listed Robert Adam mansion and surrounded by stunning 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland, Compton Verney offers a great day out.
Be enthralled by our programme of exhibitions,explore art from around the world and stroll along our woodland walk. All this alongside an exciting events programme, including fun family activities, adult workshops, tours, lectures and talks.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Saturday 15 February - Sunday 14 December 2014
Tues to Sun and Bank Holiday Mons, 11.00 - 17.00

Closed: Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays)

Admission charges

Prices subject to seasonal variations - please telephone for further information.
Adults with Gift Aid: £8.00 collections & grounds
Adults with Gift Aid: £15.00 collections, grounds & exhibition

Concessions with Gift Aid:(student in full time education, over 60 and unwaged £7.20/ £13.50
Child with Gift Aid: (aged 5-15) £3.00
Under 5s: Free
Family with Gift Aid: £16.00 collections & grounds


  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums

Additional info

Assistance dogs welcome

The collection of Archaic Chinese bronzes at Compton Verney is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The 79 Archaic Chinese bronzes from the Shang, Zhou and Han Dynasties (1500-206 BC), with additional, later, bronze-shaped objects made from ceramic and cloisonné, make up an important collection. These objects, associated with ancestor worship, are the chief testimony to the earliest artistic and technological achievements of the Chinese. The earliest pottery vessel in the collection dates back to the Neolithic period (4500-2000 BC).

Compton Verney is also home to a growing collection of nationally and internationally significant art from around the world. The collections include paintings from Naples (1600-1800), Northern European, British Portraits, Chinese, British Folk Art and the Marx Lambert Collection.

Collection details

Fine Art, Film and Media, Design, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Gaspare Vanvitelli
  • Vesuvius
  • Sir William Hamilton
  • Volaire
  • Giuseppe Bonito
  • Paolo Popora
  • Tilman Riemenschneider
  • Lucas Cranach
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds
  • Henry VIII
  • Enid Marx
  • Margaret Lambert
  • Shang period
  • Zhou
  • Tang dynasty
  • Ming dynasty
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Floursack made by the USA and sent to Belgium in WWI

From Ammunition to Art: Trench Art from the First World War

  • 15 July — 14 December 2014

As part of a national programme to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, this display showcases objects from a Warwickshire-based private collection of Trench Art. Trench Art is a term used to describe objects made from the by-products of 20th and 21st century warfare, but is most widely associated with the First World War. This fascinating display includes decorated shell cases, carved sections of a propeller, rifle cartridges and embroidered flour sacks from the USA to occupied Belgium. These folk art objects were created by servicemen, civilians and prisoners of war from over 20 countries and are a reminder of the global scale of the conflict.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £8, Concs £7.20, Family £16, Child £3

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.
Image of August Rodins, Adam and Henry Moores, Reclining Figure

Moore Rodin

  • 15 February — 31 August 2014 *on now

In the grounds
Enjoy 11 large scale works which complement, challenge and create new perspectives to vistas ‘Capability’ Brown formed in the 1760s. Amongst these amazing pieces is one of Rodin’s most famous works, Monument to the Burghers of Calais (usually on display outside the Houses of Parliament), Moore’s magnificent monumental Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae and The Arch.

Inside the galleries
Gain an amazing insight into the works of these two artists. Explore the parallels between their treatment of the figure through a beautiful collection of drawings and models made for larger works. See a special display curated by Moore’s daughter Mary which reveals both artists as keen collectors of antiquities and found objects which profoundly influenced their work. The final treat is a display of rarely seen archival documents and photographs taken by Henry Moore revealing that …as time has gone on, my admiration for Rodin has grown and grown.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Collection and grounds (works in the grounds)
Adult - £8.00
Conc - £7.20
Family - £16.00
Child - £3.00
Unders fives - Free

Exhibition, collection and grounds
Adult - £15.00
Conc - £13.50
Family - £30.00
Child - £3.00
Unders fives - Free

(All prices include gift aid)



Easter Holidays: Forest Schools

  • 21 April 2014 11am-4pm *on now

Visit our Forest school to explore the wonders of spring in our outdoor activities including spring colour catchers, collages, wreath making, seed planting and help us weave a giant bird’s nest. Included in collections and grounds admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £8.00, Concs £7.20, Family £16.00, Child £3.00.


Parent and child

10th Birthday Party

  • 5 May 2014 11am-5pm

In 2014 Compton Verney’s doors will have been open for a decade, so come along and join in with our big 10th birthday party! There will be lots to do for all the family so have fun with games, music, arty activities and a look back to the past 10 years. So help us celebrate the past and look forward to our exciting future.

Included in collections and grounds admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £8, Concs £7.20, Family £16, Child £3

Henry Moore Sculpture

Museums at Night

  • 16 May 2014 5:30-9:30pm

Join us for an evening view of the wonderful Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin sculptures in the grounds, or book onto a Curator's tour of the exhibition inside.

See the exhibition, have a tour of the grounds and bring your children to Forest schools. For one evening of the year see Compton Verney before the sun goes down.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


£10.00 for Compton Verney's 10th Birthday
Members and Season ticket holders are free.


May Half Term: Drawing from Nature

  • 24 — 30 May 2014

Use natural objects as inspiration to create your very own still life.

Included in collections and grounds admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £8, Concs £7.20, Family £16, Child £3

Tree climbing

Tree Climbing

  • 31 May 2014 10:30am-5:30pm

Two experts will teach you how to enter a tree’s canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree you will see amazing views and gain an experience which can’t be found on the ground. If you’re feeling brave take the zip wire back down! This activity will take place at: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17


£15.50 plus a booking fee of £1.04. To book online click here or call 01926 645 500.
Suitable for ages 6+, booking is essential.


Opera Gala

  • 12 July 2014 5:15-10:30pm

Gates open 5.15pm

(6pm arrival for Champagne reception and formal dinner ticket holders)

Performance begins 6.30pm. Performance ends 10.30pm.

Join us for a spectacular black tie evening in our grounds set amongst our Moore Rodin exhibition. Diva Opera, Britain’s foremost chamber opera company, will be performing Mozart’s Don Giovanni under a marquee in our grounds.

Suitable for

  • Any age
We love kids in museums

Summer Holidays

  • 2 — 29 August 2014

Try your hand at using clay to create a model of your head, hands or feet. Place it on a plinth to add to our installation of body parts.

Suitable for

  • Any age