Another free museum! God bless the UK! I think some people would be skeptical that some of these free museums may not offer much and could potentially be a waste of time. Not so with the Herbert. It is conveniently located across from the Cathedral. We only had two hours and while I could have spend more time wandering about the Cathedral and the ruins, I was interested to see the Godiva Gallery at the Herbert. The University of Coventry was having an open day and had all sorts of tables in the lobby area, which I thought was actually quite nice, especially as some of my students were considering graduate school in the UK.
The Herbert is very family friendly. There are things for the adults and things for the children... and of course everyone inbetween ;) Quite a lot of the exhibits are interactive. They have art, history, science, sculptures, and a Peace and Reconciliation Gallery. While I spent a little less than an hour here, I did find the galleries and exhibits I visited really interesting and well executed. No I didn't visit every part of the museum, I think you'd need more than an hour to do that. However, it isn't overwhelming and you don't have to spend days in here to see everything. They have a lovely gift shop and a very nice cafe. It would make for a great, entertaining, and budget day out for a family!
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry was reopened following extensive reconstruction on 29th October 2008, as the city's main art gallery, museum, history and media centre. The museum was originally constructed from donations from Sir Alfred Herbert, who's machine tool works in Coventry was the largest in the world in the 1950s. The Herbert was first opened in 1962 but has been extensively rebuilt and added to since 2000.
There are now now eight permanent galleries for its own collections together with a new history centre, housing archives documenting the life of the city though almost 800 years of its existence. There are also five temporary exhibition spaces and another five visitor galleries in which they show work across the arts and from some of the great museums and galleries in the country. Gallery 1 currently has an exhibition of photographs from the V&A, the while Gallery 4 contains an exhibition of the unusual work of Ana Maria Pacheco (see photos). Added to which, no less than three 'George Eliots' circle the galleries declaiming lines from her writings and bringing a touch of amusing realism to everyday Coventry.
The Herbert must now be one of the finest city museums and art galleries in Britain - and as poppysmooch says, the cafe is excellent too!
I took my toddler to the Herbert and I was truly impressed. Free entry but sometimes they make small charges for events.
It is very spacious and quiet with a lot of different rooms including discovery rooms where children (and adults!) can press buttons, listen to archives, play games, etc. There is a cafe on the ground floor and a small soft play area upstairs for smaller children. We didn't get chance to have a look around the whole place but I was impressed with what I did see. I will definitely go there again.
The Herbert art gallery undergone and undergoing complete renovation!
The gallery was great and had lots of features and displays. It did look dated and then it was decieded that it would be renewed and given a modern look.
It at present has a brand new cafe on the lower level, and a small area of two floors redesigned too. The rest of the building is still being developed and would be a great addition to the gallery when its complete. It is taking a long time though which is annoying as I would like to have seen it finished by now.
The cafe and rooms taht are complete are brilliant, they look and feel modern and well finished.
The cafe has lovely food and drink available. Its definatley worth going to even if you dont go round the museum.
Its locatde just out of the city centre toward the university.
Excellent museum with something for everyone. Also good restaurant and small shop.
This art gallery has recently been done up. There doesnt seem to be as much to see in there as there used to be but I'm sure that will change! The new cafe is fab! Huge salad plates and yummy dishes followed by mugs of coffee and huges slices of delicious cake. Well worth eating here after a wander around.
An awesome art gallery , just awaiting to have the rest of it built so more art can be shown here. The Herbert is being redeveloped to make t more modern and larger by the looks of things! The cafe on the ground level is really nice as it has ben refurbed and is definately worth going to wheteher visiting the rest of the gallery or not!
The Herbert café is a wonderful place to eat in the city. It's a lovely little walk from the town centre too past the Cathedral and the old streets. The café serves good home cooked food that is really tasty and great value for money. There is a good range of dishes available always a vegetarian option and a well stocked salad bar for anyone who likes a lighter lunch. The café is always busy at lunch time, so there is a really nice buzzy atmosphere there which is lovely if you are even eating alone as it doesn't feel an isolated experience. As it's a self service café, its also a good option if you are out with a larger party, as so long as you can get a table big enough, you can all eat rather speedily and with minimal fuss we had a table of 12 there last time we went and it was fab!
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