MuseumSights and activitiesRugby Art Gallery and Museum

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The Rugby Art Gallery and Museum in the centre of Rugby has exhibits on local history including Roman artefacts excavated from the nearby Roman town of Tripontium plus displays of contemporary art that include works by LS Lowry.

What to see at the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

The Rugby Art Gallery and Museum is a small museum with exhibits about local history as well as displays of contemporary art.

The museum’s Archaeology Gallery focuses on Roman artefacts from Tripontium, a town just 8km (5 miles) from Rugby that flourished during the Roman period. Tripontium started out as a military post on Watling Street (a major road that ran diagonally across Roman Britan that roughly follows the route of the A5 and has traditionally denoted the boundary between Warwickshire and Leicestershire) but later became an important civilian town before being abandoned towards the end of the 4th century. Although Tripontium is not open to the public, many of the most important artefacts excavated on the site are on display at the museum including exhibits depicting life here during Roman times.

The Social History Gallery includes exhibits about more recent local history including displays of artefacts showing how Rugby life has changed over the past 200 years.

The art gallery’s permanent collection includes a small collection of local art plus an excellent collection of 20th-century contemporary British art that includes Three Groups of Figures on a Pink Ground by Barbara Hepworth, Monday Morning by LS Lowry, The Bride’s Secret Diary by Paula Rego and Richard Carline by Stanley Spencer

The Floor One Gallery displays artwork by freelance artists with the exhibits changing every two to three weeks.

Temporary exhibitions at the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

The museum also hosts a programme of temporary exhibitions. Current and upcoming exhibitions include:

Images of Rugby
This photographic exhibition (until 8 January 2022) showcases the work of amateur and professional photographers depicting how Rugby has changed from the 1940s to the present day.

Brick by Brick
Brick by Brick (27 November 2021–22 January 2022) is an exhibition featuring Lego models inspired by the works of 18 different artists.

Every Object Tells a Story
This exhibition (14 February–16 September 2022) features a collection of artefacts relating to Rugby’s history.

Visiting the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

The Rugby Art Gallery and Museum is located in a building at the southwestern corner of the town centre that is shared with the town’s library and the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

It is open Tuesday to Saturday and admission is free of charge.

Note that parts of the museum may be temporarily closed while exhibitions are being changed or updated. However, in most instances, the Archaeology Gallery and the Floor One Gallery will continue to remain open at these times.

The art gallery and museum is fully wheelchair accessible with a lift to all floors.

The museum complex includes the Maia Cafe on the ground floor, which serves tea, coffee and cakes.

It is only a small museum and a visit shouldn’t take much longer than an hour or two.

Amenities
  • Wheelchair access

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