The city of Bath has more museums in just one square mile than most larger cities can boast altogether, offering a wealth of remarkable stories and bringing the city’s history to life. Here's our guide to Bath's marvellous museums… 

Torchlit Roman Baths

Walk in the Footsteps of our Ancient Ancestors  

Bath was founded upon natural hot springs, with the steaming water playing a key role throughout the city's history. Lying in the heart of the city, the Roman Baths were constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex. Named one of the country’s top three Large Visitor Attractions at the Visit England Awards in 2017, the Roman Baths are one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, and a must-see attraction in the city. 

Royal Crescent CREDIT Nick Smith

See and Be Seen in Georgian Bath 

Following your visit to the Roman Baths, head to the adjoining Pump Room Restaurant for a glimpse of Georgian Bath. Enjoy a Bath Bun, one of the city's local specialities, or an afternoon tea, in what was once the heart of the Georgian social scene. 

For another glimpse of Bath in the Georgian era, visit the magnificent Assembly Rooms. The Ball Room, Octagon, Tea Room and Card Room were used in the eighteenth century for dancing, music and card playing, tea drinking and conversation. 

An adventure around Georgian Bath wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous Royal Crescent. The foundation stone of No.1 Royal Crescent, the first house to be built in the crescent, was laid over 250 years ago, and the house is now a museum, which offers a unique insight into the famous crescent’s history. Prepare to encounter many surprises as friendly, knowledgeable guides positioned in each room of the house reveal the secret history of the house and its former residents and guests. 

Jane Austen Centre

Meet Bath's Famous Residents 

Famous Bath resident Jane Austen is celebrated at The Jane Austen Centre on Gay Street. Head there for a snapshot of what it would have been like to live in Regency times. The centre explores how the city impacted upon Jane Austen’s life and writing in much-loved books such as Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. 

Jane Austen was not Bath’s only famous resident. In 1781, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus while observing from the garden of his home in Bath. This house is now the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, where you can discover Herschel’s workshop, his music room and a charming eighteenth-century formal garden. 

For a taste of Bath’s culinary history, visit Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House and Museum. Sally Lunn’s top-secret bun recipe is only available to try in Bath, and you can get a glimpse of her life in the downstairs museum. 

Explore the life of wealthy eccentric William Beckford, who lived, in 1827, in his very own custom-made tower on the northern edge of the city, at Beckford's Tower and Museum. Through a fascinating collection of furniture, paintings and treasures, you'll get a glimpse of Beckford's life as a collector, and the countryside views from the top of the tower are definitely worth the climb!  

Fashion Museum, Bath

Discover How People Used to Live in Bath 

Housed in the Assembly Rooms, Fashion Museum Bath chronicles the story of fashionable dress over the past 400 years. There’s also a dressing-up room, where you can try on Georgian and Victorian fashions. 

Discover 2,000 years of Bath’s working heritage at the Museum of Bath at Work. From Roman tourism to eighteenth-century building, Victorian engineering and modern technology, you will find it all. 

Bath has played a vital role in the development of communications and improving the British postal service. The Penny Black, the first-ever pre-paying postage stamp, was first sent from Bath by the daughter of the postmaster of Bath, Thomas Musgrave. Learn about the city’s postal history at the Bath Postal Museum, which features colourful, frequently changing exhibitions, interactive games and quizzes, models and collectables, and historic 'talking heads' video characters.  

American Museum & Garden

Learn About History Beyond Bath 

The finest collection of Americana outside the United States of America is housed on the outskirts of Bath city centre, in the American Museum & Gardens. First opened in 1961, the museum takes you on a journey through America’s history, with a remarkable collection of decorative arts and regular family-friendly events and exhibitions. For those using public transport on their visit to Bath, the museum runs a regular shuttle bus from the city centre. 

The Museum of East Asian Art is the only UK museum solely dedicated to the arts and cultures of East and South-East Asia. The museum houses a collection of over 2,000 objects, boasting a particularly impressive collection of Chinese art, spanning from 5,000 BC to the present day. Displays include ceramics, jade, lacquer and metalware, and reveal the finest achievements in East-Asian craftsmanship. 

The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) is an educational charity, which specialises in the promotion and advancement of science, literature and art. BRLSI hold a programme of talks, discussions and exhibitions on science, the arts and current affairs, as well as ensuring the maintenance and exhibition of their extensive collection of books, fossils and artefacts. 

Victoria Art Gallery

Galleries in Bath 

Situated at the end of Great Pulteney Street, The Holburne Museum is steeped in history. Originally designed as a hotel, the Holburne now houses a collection of fine and decorative art, with continually changing exhibitions on offer alongside the museum's permanent collection. 

Victoria Art Gallery has an exciting and varied programme of exhibitions, as well as a stunning permanent collection from Turner and Gainsborough to the moderns. The gallery also runs a host of free family activities and events during the school holidays. 

Browse all museums and galleries in Bath. 

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Roman Baths
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Roman Baths

Famed for its hot springs, Bath houses the best preserved Roman Spa from the ancient world. Delve into the history of this magical monument and admire its architecture and engineering.

The Pump Room Restaurant
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The Pump Room Restaurant

The Pump Room restaurant is open for morning coffee and afternoon tea daily.

Assembly Rooms
Historic Site
Assembly Rooms

The social epicentre of Georgian Bath.

No.1 Royal Crescent
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Front No 1 Royal Crescent

Step back 250 years to explore a fascinating Georgian townhouse.

The Jane Austen Centre
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The Jane Austen Centre tea room

Immerse yourself in everything Austen at The Jane Austen Centre.

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Explore the life of William Herschel, the astronomer who discovered Uranus in 1781.

Sally Lunn's Kitchen Museum
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Sally Lunn's Kitchen Museum

Bath's Oldest House is open for diners in the restaurant. Museum is open 11am - 4pm.

Fashion Museum
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Fashion Museum

A world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress.

Museum of East Asian Art
Museum
Museum of East Asian Art

The only UK museum solely dedicated to the arts and cultures of East and South East Asia.

Victoria Art Gallery
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Hogarth to Hodgkin

Victoria Art Gallery is Bath’s public art museum and home to a richly diverse collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.

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