The Coventry Music Museum

Celebrating the 40th anniversary year of Two Tone …

Our special exhibitions and features galore for 2019



Kids Free 2019

First Release on the COVMM label!

The first release on our new record label: CMM01

Order Your own, Unique, hand-labelled, personally-finished Copy NOW….. CLICK HERE


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At the Coventry Music Museum, we tell the real story of our musical heritage, going right back to the Roman occupation.We stop along the way at Music Hall, 50’s Rock ’n’ Roll, the 60’s Beat scene & we even have the Lennon Bench, commemorating the famous ‘Acorns for Peace’ event.

There’s the 70’s, when Coventry ruled the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with its trademark fusion of ska and punk: 2-tone.
Our 80’s area celebrates Hazel O’Connor, The Primitives and of course, King.
In the 90’s we go all Bhangra, then we celebrate Dave Willetts in Phantom of the Opera (we even have his original Phantom mask).
Now it’s The Enemy‘s time, with many unique items from Coventry’s current hitmakers here on display.
Always keen to recognise and promote new talent, look out for our Artist of The Month!

We are open

Thursday to Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm [last admittance 3:30pm];
Sundays: 10:00am to 3:00pm [last admittance 2:30pm];

we are also open on Bank Holiday Mondays [hours as for Sundays].

Admission is £3.00 Adults and £1.00 Children between the ages of 5-15


cov_tel_logo_with_imagesCoventry Telegraph People’s Choice Awards

In this year’s Coventry Telegraph People’s Choice Awards the Museum achieved First place in two categories:

Best Family Attraction & Best Independent Venue

Needless to say, the whole museum team are delighted, and extend our thanks to all the music-loving visitors who made this possible.

Thank you!

We are enormously grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund

The Book Is Out!

Actually two books in one, Articles In Sound is a fascinating history of Coventry and Warwickshire music, as defined through a tapestry of 50 objects; when opened at the other end, the book provides a clear, concise and up-to-date guide to the museum, its displays and exhibition areas.


… so is the Website …

There is also a new Web site for Articles In Sound – drop in and see what it’s all about!

… and the app

Free to download, Articles In Sound has its very own, interactive app.

Download from Google App Store here


An exclusive new enamel VIP badge One of the original enamel VIP 2-Tone Central badges first 100 only). Membership card Exclusive Specials montage poster, Village Car sticker. Total free access for a year to the Museum (for the card holder only),10% discount at all Village shops & Simmer Down restaurant (Excluding Top To Toe and the 2-Tone Cafe) invite to an exclusive Village VIP only event, and the chance to win a special prize, and when possible VIP pre-sale tickets.

Money from the VIP Club goes directly to keep The Coventry Music Museum going. It’s as simple as that, so it’s great having some fun in the process, and being part of something ‘special’.

Artist of the Month


Artist of the month

Duck Thieves

In association with hmv Coventry


Duck Thieves

Our current Artists of the Month have been billed as the most exciting band to come out of the city in a decade.

Duck Thieves formed in 2014 when front man Justin Wing Chung Hui asked his fellow band mate Michelle Bailey-Le Long and ex-band mate Cait Buckley to join him on a misadventure of a lifetime.  They are described as Indie Panto Pop with a slice of punk performance art thrown in.  The two newest members Jessamy Davis and Steven Shelly joined them recently and they continue to bring songs that are inspired by personal story telling, feminism, standing up to racism and B-Movies.

They have released 3 EPs on local bedroom indie labels, have garnered airplay on BBC introducing Coventry and Warwickshire, been marked out as best support act in by Birmingham Live and have played on the main stages of Coventry Pride and Godiva Festival.

The band’s name comes from the first film ever to be shot in Hong Kong called ‘Stealing a Roasted Duck’ (偷燒鴨).  Due to the Japanese destroying film to make bombs with nitrate during the occupation, no copy of the film exists. There is doubt to whether the film even actually existed.

Visit the Artist of the Month display; check them out!

Duck Thieves: we welcome you!





Duck Thieves in colour

Above: Duck Thieves

Below: Duck Thieves do Two-Tone post-digital Teletubbies …


Post-digital Teletubbies

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Then get in touch with us here at the Coventry Music Museum

City of Culture 2021

Announced Thursday, 7 December 2017, Coventry is to be the UK’s City of Culture 2021.

This is a truly outstanding achievement for the City of Coventry.

Needless to say, Coventry Music Museum stood strongly behind this bid, and we thank all our visitors, music-lovers, musicians and friends, who supported our efforts to help seal the bid.