The Coventry Music Museum

TWO Sounding Offs on the same day – and both with live sets.

This is a treat not to be missed!

… and we’re open on bank holiday monday !!!


Our special exhibition for 2018

The life and career of the original Rude Boy


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


may, 2018

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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!

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

In association with hmv Coventry

Nick Knibb aka The Archbishop

Nick Knibb is the  first poet to be inducted as Coventry Music Museum’s Artist of The Month.  Not just any old poet, no Nick (aka The Archbishop), is also the museum’s Poet In Residence.  He will be at the museum on Saturday 10th (weather permitting) at 12.00 noon.

His clever tales of growing up in Coventry hit a massive chord with Punks, 2-Tone Fans and Sky Blue fans alike.  His audiences can absolutely relate to every crafted word. It’s finger-on-pulse stuff, poems about Nick’s life that turn out to be poems about our  lives too.

Nick lives in Earlsdon, Coventry and writes poetry for live performance.  He draws on memories of the 70s and 80s, record collections, teenage love, loss and angst and reflects on life as a hapless musician in Punk, Reggae, Indie and New Romantic bands for his inspiration.  His spot-on words often silence a room full of music fans, who may begin waiting for the band to show, only to be hushed by the humor and nostalgia of The Archbishops poems.


In 2016 he performed for Coventry City of Culture bid at the Godiva Festival with a trio of poems about growing up in the 1970s entitled ‘Coventry, The Specials and me’ and a recent review remarked that it was ‘a masterclass in storytelling’.

His solo shows have included Birmingham Theatre Festival 2017, Shoot Festival 2017 and he can often be found on the open mic scene as well as supporting punk and ska bands all over the Midlands and in London.  Since 2017 he has had the great honour of representing the Coventry Music Museum as their Poet in Residence.



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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.