The Holburne was founded in 1882 with the bequest of Sir William Holburne’s fine and decorative art collection to create Bath’s first art museum. The collection has since grown to over 9,000 objects including Renaissance bronzes, maiolica, silver, sculpture, furniture, porcelain and a nationally significant collection of paintings including works by Brueghel, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Zoffany and Turner.
The collection is vital to the continuing success of the Holburne Museum. We use it to inspire learning, exhibitions and debate. It is essential that we constantly care for and, when appropriate, add to our fine and decorative art collection.
Donations made to the Collection Fund make it possible for the vital conservation, new interpretation and acquisitions to happen. By making a donation in support of the Collection Fund you will be directly helping the Museum to exhibit beautiful and important works of art. In recognition of this wonderful support we will thank you online and in our annual review.
Every donation we receive makes a difference.
£25 funds a fresh copy of large print label book for a gallery
£50 can replace the broken glass of a portrait miniature
£250 can pay for a watercolour to be cleaned, repaired and newly mounted for an exhibition
£1,000 can restore a piece of furniture, a musical instrument or a small oil painting
Donations of £5,000 and above can make a significant contribution towards the acquisition of a major oil painting
Help us to continue to display the best of our collection at the highest standard. Donate now.