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.
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.
Victoria Art Gallery offers free entry to their permanent exhibitions. Housed in a beautiful historic building, you can observe fascinating collections by Gainsborough, 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.
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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Explore the life of William Herschel, the astronomer who discovered Uranus in 1781.
Contemporary arts centre home to exhibitions, performances and workshops.
Explore 2,000 years of Bath's working history, from the Romans to the Victorians.
Immerse yourself in everything Austen at The Jane Austen Centre.
A nineteenth-century folly and museum collection, offering splendid cityscape views.
The UK's original safari park, with over 1,200 animals and more than 480 years ...
The only UK museum solely dedicated to the arts and cultures of ...
One of the finest Masonic Museums in the country.
An educational charity in the heart of Bath, where everyone is welcome ...