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Museums and Galleries

Housed in some of the city’s finest buildings, the museums of Bath offer a wealth of remarkable stories. 

Take a journey through the city’s history, from Roman settlement through to the Georgian era and on to the modern day with a visit to one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, an elegantly restored Georgian townhouse and a collection of fashion throughout the ages.

Glimpse into the life of some of Bath’s most famous residents including Jane Austen, the author of Pride and Prejudice, astronomer and composer William Herschel and novelist William Thomas Beckford.

Discover Bath’s links to science and innovation, from the construction of Georgian townhouses to the discovery of a new planet and the medicinal use of the city’s thermal waters.  Learn about the city’s role in the development of the modern postal system or walk through a complete reconstruction of a soft drinks factory showcasing Victorian engineering.

For unexpected history, visit the largest collection of Americana outside of the United States, take a tour around a Masonic Hall and have a look at eclectic exhibitions on show at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.

For something more unusual, pay a visit to The Museum of East Asian Art to admire their fine collection of artefacts from China, Japan, Korea and South East Asia.  

The Victoria Art Gallery and the Holburne Museum offer free entry to their permanent exhibitions. Both are housed in beautiful historic buildings where you can observe fascinating collections by Gainsborough, Turner, Zoffany and more, supplemented by a series of temporary exhibitions running throughout the year.

Many of the museums and galleries offer diverse event programmes throughout the year so try your hand at a workshop, visit a temporary exhibition, immerse yourself in a concert or join an informative talk or lecture.

For a free guide to the history behind Bath’s museums, download our World Heritage Site Audio Tour, which can be played on a smartphone or MP3 player. 

If you are keen to buy modern art, there are also multiple galleries around the city exhibiting pieces available to purchase.
 

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American Museum in Britain

Bath

Journey through the history of America.

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Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass

Bath

Blow a bauble with master glassmakers in Bath's Artisan Quarter

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Bath Medical Museum

Central Bath

Discover Bath's medical past at this museum in the centre of the ...

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Avebury Manor and Garden

Wiltshire

A sixteenth-century manor at the heart of the Avebury World Heritage Site.

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Museum of Bath Architecture

Bath

Discover how Bath was built, transforming from a provincial town into the ...

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Beaux Arts Bath

Bath

Bath's Longest Established Contemporary Art Gallery

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The Jane Austen Centre

Central Bath

Immerse yourself in everything Austen at The Jane Austen Centre.

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Sally Lunn’s Kitchen Museum

Central Bath

Local Specialities

See where the local delicacy, the original Bath bun, was born, in ...

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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Central Bath

Explore the eighteenth-century astronomers' house, including his workshop, music room and the ...

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The Holburne Museum

Bath

Fascinating art exhibitions in an impressively majestic setting.

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Lacock Abbey, Village and Fox Talbot Museum

Lacock

There's something for everyone at Lacock; the medieval abbey turned family home, ...

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Victoria Art Gallery

Central Bath

An art lover's paradise.

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Hauser & Wirth

Somerset

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre, which ...

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Corsham Court

Corsham

One of the finest stately homes in the UK.

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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Somerset

Situated just beneath the Tor on the edge of Glastonbury, Somerset Rural ...