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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.
 

Herschel Museum of Astronomy Visit the house and garden where William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus ... /listings/single/herschel-museum-of-astronomy
Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass Blow a bauble with master glassmakers in Bath's Artisan Quarter. /listings/single/bath-aqua-theatre-of-glass
Museum of East Asian Art The only museum in the UK solely dedicated to the arts and ... /listings/single/museum-of-east-asian-art
Gallery Nine Gallery Nine offers affordable, original, contemporary works of art and specialises in ... /listings/single/gallery-nine
Longleat More than 480 years of history, the UK's original safari park, with over 1200 ... /listings/single/longleat
44AD Artspace 44AD artspace is an award winning visual arts venue in the centre ... /listings/single/44ad-artspace
Avebury Manor and Garden A sixteenth-century manor at the heart of the Avebury World Heritage Site. /listings/single/avebury-manor-and-garden
Beaux Arts Bath Bath's Longest Established Contemporary Art Gallery /listings/single/beaux-arts-bath
Dyrham Park An elegant seventeenth-century mansion and deer park set in acres of rolling ... /listings/single/dyrham-park
The Holburne Museum Fascinating art exhibitions in an impressively majestic setting. /listings/single/the-holburne-museum
Corsham Court One of the finest stately homes in the UK. /listings/single/corsham-court
Haynes International Motor Museum The UK’s largest exhibition of great cars from around the world, ... /listings/single/haynes-international-motor-museum
Beckford’s Tower and Museum A nineteenth-century folly and museum collection, offering splendid cityscape views. /listings/single/beckfords-tower-museum
Fashion Museum Bath The Fashion Museum Bath holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historic ... /listings/single/fashion-museum
No.1 Royal Crescent Step inside eighteenth-century life in this elegant Georgian townhouse. /listings/single/no.1-royal-crescent
Cheddar Gorge & Caves Discover one of the UK's most famous beauty spots with the largest ... /listings/single/cheddar-gorge
Victoria Art Gallery An art lover's paradise. /listings/single/victoria-art-gallery
The Roman Baths The epicentre (and raison d'être!) of the World Heritage city of ... /listings/single/roman-baths
Tyntesfield A spectacular Victorian Gothic revival house with gardens and parkland. /listings/single/tyntesfield
Bath Postal Museum Discover Bath's pivotal role in the postal service. /listings/single/bath-postal-museum
Sally Lunn’s Kitchen Museum See where the local delicacy, the original Bath bun, was born, in ... /listings/single/sally-lunns-historic-eating-house-museum
The Edge and Andrew Brownsword Gallery Contemporary arts, research and adventure. /listings/single/the-edge-art-research-adventure
Museum of Bath Architecture Discover how Bath was designed and built, transforming from a medieval provincial ... /listings/single/museum-of-bath-architecture
The Royal Mint Experience The only place in the world where you can watch the United ... /listings/single/the-royal-mint-experience
Lacock Abbey, Village and Fox Talbot Museum There's something for everyone at Lacock; the medieval abbey turned family home, ... /listings/single/lacock-abbey-village-and-fox-talbot-museum
Bath Medical Museum Discover Bath's medical past at this museum in the centre of the ... /listings/single/bath-medical-museum
American Museum and Gardens Journey through the history of America. /listings/single/american-museum-and-gardens
Bath’s Original Theatre Royal and Masonic Hall Museum Take a guided tour of Bath's first Theatre Royal, opened in 1750, and ... /listings/single/baths-original-theatre-royal-masonic-hall-museum
The Jane Austen Centre Immerse yourself in everything Austen at The Jane Austen Centre. /listings/single/the-jane-austen-centre
Museum of Bath at Work Explore 2000 years of Bath's working history, from Roman tourism to Victorian engineering. /listings/single/museum-of-bath-at-work
Somerset Rural Life Museum Situated just beneath the Tor on the edge of Glastonbury, Somerset Rural ... /listings/single/somerset-rural-life-museum
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution An educational charity in the heart of Bath, where everyone is welcome ... /listings/single/bath-royal-literary-and-scientific-institution-brlsi

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The Edge and Andrew Brownsword Gallery

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Contemporary arts, research and adventure.

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The Royal Mint Experience

The only place in the world where you can watch the United ...

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Beckford’s Tower and Museum

Bath

A nineteenth-century folly and museum collection, offering splendid cityscape views.

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Longleat

Wiltshire

More than 480 years of history, the UK's original safari park, with over 1200 ...

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Gallery Nine

Bath

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Bath’s Original Theatre Royal and Masonic Hall Museum

Central Bath

Take a guided tour of Bath's first Theatre Royal, opened in 1750, and ...

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Museum of Bath at Work

Bath

Explore 2000 years of Bath's working history, from Roman tourism to Victorian engineering.

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American Museum and Gardens

Bath

Journey through the history of America.

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Lacock Abbey, Village and Fox Talbot Museum

Lacock

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The Jane Austen Centre

Central Bath

Immerse yourself in everything Austen at The Jane Austen Centre.

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Victoria Art Gallery

Central Bath

An art lover's paradise.

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Bath Medical Museum

Central Bath

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Beaux Arts Bath

Bath

Bath's Longest Established Contemporary Art Gallery

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Bath Postal Museum

Central Bath

Discover Bath's pivotal role in the postal service.

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Fashion Museum Bath

Bath

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