Herbert Art Gallery & 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

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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.
Lorsen Camps, 2 Masks (Pollux & Castor), Sculpture, 2018. Photo: John Bodkin

Coventry Biennial - The Twin

  • 5 October 2019 — 26 January 2020 *on now

The biennial team and their partners invite people to learn, look, make, talk, think and walk with them. The biennial’s title this year is The Twin and it comprises a series of exhibitions, events and activities about relationships.

We are an international city; Coventry and Volgograd, Russia, were the first modern twin cities in the world and this year marks the 75th anniversary of that historic bond of friendship.

Coventry now has 26 twins around the world and is known as a city that welcomes migrants and refugees. When walking the city’s streets Punjabi, Urdu and Polish can frequently be heard alongside accents from across the West Midlands, nearby Warwickshire and Ireland.

The artists and groups exhibiting in The Twin all explore themes, ideas and processes which resonate through this international city including translation, collaboration and togetherness while also exploring some of the difficulties presented by globalisation, political inequality and conflict.

Ryan Hughes, Artistic Director of Coventry Biennial explains:

“Coventry has been an international, welcoming and activist city for decades. We are thrilled to be working with artists, our twin cities and a wide variety of partners to explore what it means to be together in 2019”

Artists who will be presenting work at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum during Coventry Biennial 2019 include:

James Bridle, Lorsen Camps, David Cheeseman, Anna Columbine, Stephen Cornford, Maud Cotter, Katrina Cowling, Paul Crook, Anne Forgan, Dylan Fox, Mona Hatoum, Andrew Jackson, Ioana Marinescu, Adele Mary Reed, Lorna Mills, Alexandra Müller, Mathew Parkin, Parmar & Piper, Matthew Picton, Duncan Poulton, Lis Rhodes, Rafaël Rozendaal, Richard Scott, Mhairi Vari, Grace A Williams

Embedded in the wider Coventry Biennial 2019 programme are opportunities to speak to or eat with the artists, to learn a new skill, to warm yourself by a fire, to dance through the night or to ease yourself into the day with a yoga session.

It is this spirit of care and friendship which marks this as the UK’s social biennial.

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.
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Making Merry - Arts, Crafts And Gifts Fair

  • 29 November 2019 7:30-10:30pm
  • 30 November 2019 10am-3:45pm

Get ahead of the festive game with workshops, music, choirs and more.

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the season and find unique gifts for family and friends. You’ll discover handmade delights of all kinds, tasty treats in our café, and the perfect antidote to the stresses of the high street.

Friday 29 November | 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Saturday 30 November | 10.00am – 4.00pm

Please email info@culturecoventry.com to book a stall

Suitable for

  • Any age



Eat the Stars

Spectra Presents, Eat The Stars

  • 14 December 2019 11am-1pm, 1-4pm
  • 15 December 2019 1-3pm

Eat the Stars is a captivating performance which takes place along a guided trail of short walks on wheelchair-friendly paths.

This is an all-ages show that is accessible to everyone.

Book online in advance (coming soon)| £7

Suitable for

  • Any age





Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
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