The Coventry Music Museum

Address : The 2-Tone Village
Address : Unit 7, RO 74-80 Walsgrave Rd
Town/City : Coventry
County : Warwickshire
Country : England
Post code : CV2 4ED
Phone : 07971 171441
Web Site :

From Ghost Town to Host Town



Coventry has some great museums, two Cathedrals and a fine selection of great tourist attractions. Among them is the independent award winning Coventry Music Museum.

Compact it may be, but take a look on Trip Advisor, and you will see that this is a very special place (no pun intended). "The Coventry Music Museum" Something of a success story, the museum now in its fourth year, is headed up by husband and wife team Pete Chambers BEM and Julie Chambers and their amazing team of volunteers.

"There is no book on how to create and run a music museum, we make it up as we go along. Nobody gets paid, we do it for the love of the music. Since we began we have been in the top two of Things to do in Coventry on Trip Advisor and classed as the second best museum in the West Midlands. If you think about it it's an amazing feat for such a small enterprise. We are so excited to be the City of Culture 2021, I came up with the phrase from 'Ghost Town to Host Town' many years ago and now we really are a Host town. Already we have projects planned for that very special year, to date we have had visitors from over eighty countries and over the UK, now is the time to let the world know."

Pete Chambers, Director Curator

The museum is NOT a 2-Tone museum, although 2-Tone is our unique selling point, 55% of the museum is dedicated to non-ska related displays. That looks at the music from Coventry, Rugby, Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Bedworth even touching on Birmingham in places.

The collection comprises of permanent collection including "Pre-Pop" display, charting the cities musical achievements from the Roman Occupation and The Coventry Carole and onto artist of the 1940's. All decades of popular music are included, plus a showcase of new talent in "The Artist of the Month". Each decade of Coventry & Warwickshire pop history is represented in the displays from the 1950's to the noughties. Notable displays include a reproduction 1960's record shop listening booth and a reproduction Rude Boys bedroom, based on a typical Specials, Selecter, Beat, Madness fan circa 1981.

Key artists include, T.E. Dunville, Reg Dixon, Brian Locking, Delia Derbyshire, Frank Ifield, Vince Hill, The Sorrows, Pinkerton's Colours, Lieutenant Pigeon, Jigsaw, Don Fardon, Hazel O'Connor, King, The Primitives, Fun Boy Three, Peter Waterman, The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat, Madness, Stereo Nation, Panjabi MC, Billie Myers and The Enemy.

Our Honorary Patrons are Frank Ifield, Pete Waterman OBE, Hazel O'Connor and Neville Staple. Currently there is a temporary exhibition about Neville at the museum. Where his musical career as a Special, a Fun Boy Three and a solo artist is celebrated. Visitors can take advantage of more photo opportunities and dress as Judge Roughneck and maybe have a go on the Nev-aoke.

We are a small but perfectly formed museum, with a big heart, and our feedback so far has been excellent, (for nearly four years we have been in the top two of Places on Trip Advisor for things to see in Coventry and West Midlands museums. There's lots to see and to do. You can be a three minute hero (dress up as a Rude Boy/Girl), vote on our "Wall of Hits", and be a rock star in our "hands on" music studio.

The Museum is located in The 2-Tone Village, and has a café, and vintage and new 2-Tone shop and a memorabilia shop, you will also find The Coventry Music Wall of Fame here and The wall of Ska & Reggae legends . This too, has been created by fans for fans, and is a place of pilgrimage for ska lovers.

The Coventry Music Museum recently won two Coventry Telegraph People's choice awards (Best Family Attraction and Best Independent Venue), as well as a third Trip Advisor Award of excellence for 2017. Director Curator Pete Chambers, recently received a BEM for his services to Music Volunteering and his wife Julie won a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister for her services to volunteering.

The museum is open 10.00am to 4.00pm Thursdays to Sundays. last entry at 3.30pm. Entrance fee is £3.00 for adults, £2 concessions and £1.00 for children (aged 5-15). It can be found in the Stoke, Ball Hill area of Coventry, Walsgrave Road, CV2 4HY in the 2-Tone Village. For more information go to or phone 07971171441


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