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The Holburne Museum

Great Pulteney Street
The Holburne Museum


On the approach to The Holburne Museum, you can tell you’re in for something special as the building’s grand façade and impressive gardens provide an inkling of its grandeur and history. The Grade 1 listed building was originally designed and constructed as a hotel, but is now home to a collection of fine and decorative art.

The fascinating pieces that adorn one of Bath’s most beautiful buildings vary from Renaissance treasures to masterpieces by Gainsborough. There is so much to see and explore, even if you’re a regular visitor you can discover something new with the continually changing temporary exhibitions.

Upstairs you can experience themes of 18th century culture through porcelain, paintings and sculpture.  In the impressive former ballroom, silver and china are laid out as though for a banquet, sparkling under a crystal chandelier, while glamorous members of 17th and 18th-century society look down from the walls.

Just across the hallway you’ll find the impressive collections of Sir William Holburne, who founded the museum. You’ll receive a real sense of what Sir William enjoyed in his art with a strong presence of Golden-Age Dutch works and miniature objects such as gems and portrait miniatures .

The top floor of the museum is home to pieces from the Golden Age of British painting. Discover more about the history of Bath, as some tell stories of what the city once was. The works embrace Bath's history as a fashionable and artistic spa city.  William Hoare and Thomas Gainsborough lived in Bath and examples of their work can be found at the Holburne. Their paintings are hung alongside canvases by Zoffany, Ramsay and Stubbs among others.

The museum also has its own Garden Café, which opens onto the historic Sydney Gardens, offering the perfect place to relax after exploring indoors. The Garden Café prides itself on seasonal, delicious, fresh food and has won a Restaurant and Bar Design Award, showing that inspirational design isn’t confined to the museum’s exhibition rooms.

The Holburne Museum is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Fridays and 11am to 5pm Sundays with free entry (temporary exhibitions are chargeable though.)



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Tel: +44 (0) 1225 388588

Opening Times

2017 Opening (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* We are open FREE of charge Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday (and Bank Holidays) 11am to 5pm. There is a charge for our temporary exhibitions.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Saturday, 30th September 2017 - Saturday, 3rd February 2018

Children's Workshops at The Holburne Museum
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Friday, 20th October 2017 - Sunday, 21st January 2018

Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception
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Friday, 20th October 2017 - Sunday, 25th February 2018

Michael Petry: In the Realm of the Gods
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Friday, 24th November 2017 - Friday, 24th November 2017

Psychedelic Science Café
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Saturday, 25th November 2017 - Saturday, 25th November 2017

Saturday, 20th January 2018 - Saturday, 20th January 2018

Workshops For Young People
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Sunday, 26th November 2017 - Sunday, 26th November 2017

Family Workshops at The Holburne Museum
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Tuesday, 5th December 2017 - Tuesday, 5th December 2017

Playing for Jane
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Saturday, 9th December 2017 - Saturday, 9th December 2017

Silk-Screen Printed Pocket Squares
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Thursday, 11th January 2018 - Thursday, 11th January 2018

Evening Lecture at The Holburne Museum
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Saturday, 13th January 2018 - Saturday, 13th January 2018

Cut, Pattern and Mosaic with Paper
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Wednesday, 17th January 2018 - Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Sara Moorhouse and Chris Stephens
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Saturday, 20th January 2018 - Saturday, 20th January 2018

An Evening with Phillip Dyson
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Tuesday, 20th February 2018 - Tuesday, 20th February 2018

Meet the Artist: Michael Petry
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