Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

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Rugby Art Gallery and Museum opened in spring 2000 in a purpose built contemporary building. The building is also home to the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Bank Holidays 10am - 4pm

Closed: Sundays & Mondays

Admission charges

Free Entry

The Rugby Collection of 20th century and contemporary British art including prints and paintings by Stanley Spencer, Bridget Riley, L S Lowry and Lucian Freud. The Collection is not on permanent display but is shown for several weeks annually.
The Archaeology Gallery showcases Roman artifacts from Tripontium, an important Roman settlement near Rugby. Other recent finds are also display
The Social History Collection has a changing programme of exhibitions displaying objects reflecting Rugby's industrial history, impact of war and the changing pattern of family life.

Collection details

Social History, Fine Art, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Tripontium
  • Rugby Collection
  • Bridget Riley
  • Stanley Spencer
  • Lucian Freud
  • L S Lowry
  • Barbara Hepworth
  • Paula Rego
  • Paul Nash
  • Walter Sickert
  • Prunella Clough
  • Louis le Brocquy
  • Leon Kossoff
  • Humphrey Spender
  • David Tindle
  • Carel Weight
  • Evelyn Williams
  • Christopher Wood
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Small World. A fascinating collection of little treasures

Small World - EXHIBITON POSTPONED dates subject to change

  • 31 May — 5 September 2020

(Closed between 31 May and 12 June)

Explore our fascinating collection of little treasures.From miniature everyday objects, dolls houses, model trains and scale models including our new acquisition – a scale model of the famous Rugby railway gantry, The Bedstead. Alongside, will be models from Rugby and District Historic Transport Group showing Market Street in 1962 and the old Granada Cinema.

Children will love our miniature Rugby town with a role play market stall, train station, hospital and house. Plus, interactive dolls house and farm table.

The summer holidays will see our foyer area transformed into a children’s construction zone where kids will have a chance to build and create before heading upstairs to the exhibition. Also on display will be a 10ft scale model of one of the Rugby Radio Mast.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Lindsay Seers, Extramission 2 (The Trilogy), 2010/2020, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum © the artist

False Memory - EXHIBITON POSTPONED dates subject to change

  • 31 May — 5 September 2020

(Closed between 31 May and 12 June)

Extramission 2 (The Trilogy)

A false memory is the recollection of something that did not happen or happened differently from the actual events, without consciously intending to deceive or mislead.

False memories are often incredibly realistic, and it can be difficult to differentiate between what really happened and what is being remembered. This makes it hard to convince the person recalling the false memory that the event they so clearly remember, in fact, happened differently, or not at all. This exhibition will explore the production of fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories.

Many false memory causing factors rely upon our psychological desire to create meaning instead of focusing on the purely perceptual or factual. This reliance on familiarity, and our desire to make sense of the things we see and experience, are often at the detriment of being able to accurately recall certain events. Neither a vivid memory, nor a confidently held memory, is necessarily true and the artworks on display seek to challenge our perception of being able to accurately remember moments from the past and consider the relative ease of creating false memories.

20 years ago, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum opened its doors with a celebration of the Rugby Collection. In our anniversary year we present the re-display of Lindsay Seers’ Extramission 2 (The Trilogy), acquired in 2011. Inspired by how photography and film induce and reshape memory, this artwork investigates the loss of a memory that the artist could not personally retrieve, of a house she lived in Mauritius. Seemingly autobiographical, it tells the story of Seers’ upbringing on the island of Mauritius and addresses the artist’s early speechlessness; development of a photographic memory and eventual loss of this ability when she began to talk. For Seers, this artwork was never intended as a question of what is true or false and instead describes the film as ‘its own truth’. Seers is not someone who accepts the binary idea of fact and fiction. She believes they are always embedded in each other, nothing is entirely factual, nor entirely fictional.

Celebrating 20 years of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Education Packs for schools

Education packs designed to assist teachers in school trips to Rugby Art Gallery ang Museum. The packs contain activities for the children complete based on exhibits displayed and extra activities performed within the museum.

How to obtain

Contact Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on 01788 533201 to talk about booking a trip.

Loan Boxes

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has loan boxes available to schools and organisations for a maximum period of two weeks. There are five different subjects available for loan: Romans, Victorians, World War II, Rugby Through The Ages and William Webb Ellis.
Prices usually £5 but can vary depending on terms of use and can be discussed upon contact with the gallery.

How to obtain

Contact a member of staff at the gallery to request a box and the dates required. This will be confirmed via the telephone

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Little Elborow Street
CV21 3BZ

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01788 533201

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