The Holburne Museum

Places to Visit

Ages:

  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age

Venue:

Indoor

Cost:

Paid

Description

The Holburne Museum is a Grade I listed building that was originally designed and constructed as a hotel but is now home to a collection of fine and decorative art. Enjoy a range of fascinating pieces in one of Bath’s most beautiful buildings, varying from Renaissance treasures to masterpieces by Gainsborough. With the continually changing temporary exhibitions you can enjoy something different at each visit.

Upstairs you can experience themes of eighteenth-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 seventeenth and eighteenth-century society look down from the walls. Across the hallway you can find the impressive collections of Sir William Holburne, who founded the museum. You will get 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 the works embrace Bath's history as a fashionable and artistic spa city.

The museum also has its own Garden Café, which opens onto the historic Sydney Gardens, offering the perfect place to relax after exploring indoors. It also regularly features events for kids, so it's worth checking their website to see what's on in their families section of the website. 

The museum offers free admission to 18 & under, but there is a ticketed admission charge (£11 or £12.50 with Gift Aid) for adults.

Opening hours are 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sundays & Bank Holidays.

Open hours

Monday10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday10:00 - 17:00
Thursday10:00 - 17:00
Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday11:00 - 17:00