What’s On

February – August 2016

Exhibition Featured
February 13, 2016 – November 6, 2016 all-day
A Handful of Dust @ The Holburne Museum
To celebrate the Holburne’s centenary in its current home, this exhibition gathers together the best of the Museum’s delightful eighteenth-century British portraits in pastel. A mixture of china clay, plaster and pigments pastel is little more than brightly coloured dust,...
Exhibition
June 25, 2016 – October 2, 2016 all-day
Stubbs and the Wild @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
‘This is not a huge exhibition, but it might just change your life.’ Jonathan Jones, The Guardian ‘a diverting new exhibition at the sparkling Holburne museum’ Alastair Sooke, The Daily Telegraph Today George Stubbs (1724-1806) is known and loved for his...
Family Workshops
June 25, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Contemporary Collage for Stubbs @ The Holburne Museum
Contemporary Collage for Stubbs Create a modern collage image inspired by paintings in our exhibition Stubbs and the Wild.
Exhibition Featured Friends
June 26, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Friends of the Holburne: A Celebration @ The Holburne Museum
VALUATIONS:  Four experts will offer specialist appraisals of silver, pictures, books and small objects/general antiques.  £2 for the first item, £1 for each further item up to a maximum of 5. BOOK BONANZA:  Sidney Blackmore’s 40th anniversary of fund-raising book...
Families Family Workshops
June 27, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Monday Yearlings (12-24 months) @ The Gardener's Lodge
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Families Family Workshops
June 28, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday Yearlings (12-24 months) @ The Gardener's Lodge
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Families Family Workshops
July 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Morning Toddlealongs (2-5 yrs) @ The Gardener's Lodge
Get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Families Family Workshops
July 1, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Afternoon Toddlealongs (2-5 yrs) @ The Gardener's Lodge
Get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Collection Exhibition
July 2, 2016 – July 3, 2016 all-day
Take One: Witcombe Cabinet @ The Holburne Museum
Sally Muir Animal Drawing Workshop An exhibition showcasing local school children’s creative responses to the unique Witcombe Cabinet exhibited in the Holburne’s Fletcher Gallery. The children took part in ‘Take One’ – a programme developed by the National Gallery to...
Learning Young People
July 2, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Modelling in Clay: Portrait Busts @ The Holburne Museum
Saturday workshops are an opportunity for GCSE and A level Art students and young people interested in exploring portraiture to be tutored in a friendly, small group environment using high quality artists’ materials. Modelling in Clay: Portrait Busts Developing an...
Families Family Workshops
July 4, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Monday Yearlings (12-24 months) @ The Gardener's Lodge
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Families Family Workshops
July 5, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday Yearlings (12-24 months) @ The Gardener's Lodge
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Exhibition Talk
July 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
John Hunter: Dr Jekyll or Dr Dolittle? @ The Holburne Museum
Revered and feared in equal measure, John Hunter (1728-93) was the most famous surgeon in 18th-century London as well as the most notorious customer of the body-snatchers. A maverick medical pioneer and inspiring teacher, he was also a tireless naturalist...
Families Family Workshops
July 8, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Morning Toddlealongs (2-5 yrs) @ The Gardener's Lodge
Get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Families Family Workshops
July 8, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Afternoon Toddlealongs (2-5 yrs) @ The Gardener's Lodge
Get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Family Workshops
July 9, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Sgraffito Art @ The Holburne Museum
Sgraffito Art Explore miniature carved scenes in the Museum and come up with your own scratch-art interpretation using oil colours.
Families Family Workshops
July 11, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Monday Yearlings (12-24 months) @ The Gardener's Lodge
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Families Family Workshops
July 12, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday Yearlings (12-24 months) @ The Gardener's Lodge
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Lunchtime Concert Music
July 12, 2016 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Songs from Bohemia, Bavaria and Vienna @ The Holburne Museum
This choir of men’s voices often performs in partnership with a horn quartet, but on this occasion is accompanied by the Holburne’s historic Steinway Grand. The programme includes From a Bouquet of Slavonic Folksongs by Dvorak, Beethoven’s moving Prisoners’ chorus...
Exhibition Talk Tea-time Talk
July 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
George Stubbs and the Menageries @ The Holburne Museum
Caroline Grigson, author of the recently published and highly acclaimed Menagerie, the History of Exotic Animals in England will recount the stories of the various animals imported from overseas, both privately owned and in commercial menageries, which George Stubbs drew...
Families Family Workshops
July 15, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Morning Toddlealongs (2-5 yrs) @ The Gardener's Lodge
Get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Families Family Workshops
July 15, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Afternoon Toddlealongs (2-5 yrs) @ The Gardener's Lodge
Get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Exhibition Workshop
July 16, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Animal Drawing @ The Holburne Museum
To celebrate the Stubbs and the Wild exhibition, join artist Sally Muir, and her dog Lily, for a day of discovering how to capture mood and movement when drawing from the live animal. Charcoal and pencils will be provided and...
Family Workshops
July 25, 2016 – July 29, 2016 all-day
Summer Art Camp @ The Holburne Museum
Monday 25 to Friday 29 July 9am-4pm Days packed full of fun; creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, led by our experienced team of artists. Booking Summer Art Camp is essential, you can book for the week...
Exhibition Study Day Talk
July 29, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Stubbs and the Wild Study Afternoon  @ The Holburne Museum
Amina Wright, Senior Curator at the Holburne Museum An introduction to the artist and his animals by Amina Wright, curator of the exhibition. Gaye Blake-Roberts, Curator at the Wedgwood Museum Wedgwood & Stubbs In 1775, George Stubbs contacted Josiah Wedgewood...
Adults Exhibition Music
July 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Holburne Up Lates are an invitation to socialise with friends within the magnificient setting of the Museum. Relax with Friends and a drink in the Garden Café, share some light bites and spill out on our beautiful new Café terrace....
Family Workshops
August 1, 2016 – August 5, 2016 all-day
Summer Art Camp @ The Holburne Museum
Monday 1 to Friday 5 August 9am-4pm Days packed full of fun; creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, led by our experienced team of artists. Booking Summer Art Camp is essential, you can book for the week...
Learning Young People
August 1, 2016 @ 9:30 am – August 6, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
Bronze Arts Award Week (for 11-16 year olds) @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
Our popular Bronze Arts Award offers an exciting and intensive week of arts-based activities. Young people will develop their creative skills as well as developing real-life experience of what it is like to work in a busy art museum. This...
Exhibition
August 6, 2016 – January 2, 2017 all-day
Linda Brothwell: The Missing @ The Holburne Museum
In a new commission On the Table, this pioneer of contemporary British craft skills will create a playground of textures and colours in stone, wood and metalwork in response to the most intricate works in the Holburne Museum’s collection. In...
Families Family Workshops
August 6, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday Printmaking Fun Workshop @ The Holburne Museum
  Facilitated by our Bronze Arts Award students and our Learning Officer BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Free Admission to The Collection

The heart of the present day Collection was formed by Sir Thomas William Holburne (1793-1874). As a second son, Thomas William (generally known as William) first pursued a naval career. He ultimately inherited the Baronetcy in 1820 following the death of his elder brother, Francis, at the Battle of Bayonne in 1814.

In 1882 this collection of over 4,000 objects, pictures and books was bequeathed to the people of Bath by Holburne’s sister, Mary Anne Barbara Holburne. One of the Holburne’s main purposes is to preserve the things that have been entrusted to our care. The Collection if free to view.

Garden Cafe

Come and see us in the Garden Cafe at The Holburne Museum. The cafe is run by Benugo and shares the Museum’s opening hours, with the last order taken half an hour before we close.