What’s On

February – July 2018

Exhibition
February 2, 2018 – June 3, 2018 all-day
Lighting Up the Stage: Stars of the Georgian Theatre @ The Holburne Museum
William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), a playwright and novelist, began collecting paintings of actors in the 1910s. He built a sizeable and important collection of theatrical portraits, which he displayed in his villa in the south of France. The collection remained...
Families Family Workshops Learning
April 9, 2018 – July 9, 2018 all-day
Arty Babies (0-9 months)  @ The Gardener's Lodge
MONDAYS 1pm – 2.30pm Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (MON 9 April – MON 14 May) 5 WEEKS, excluding bank holiday 7 May, £50. FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (MON 4 June – MON 9 July) 6 WEEKS, £60. CLICK HERE....
Families Family Workshops Learning
April 9, 2018 – July 9, 2018 all-day
Monday Yearlings (12-24 months)  @ The Gardener's Lodge | England | United Kingdom
MONDAYS 10.30 AM- 12 NOON Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (MON 9 APRIL – MON 14 MAY, 5 WEEKS, (excluding 7 May) £50 FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (MON 4 June – MON 9 July) 6 WEEKS, £60. CLICK HERE....
Families Family Workshops Learning
April 10, 2018 – July 10, 2018 all-day
Tuesday Yearlings (12-24 months) FULLY BOOKED @ The Gardener's Lodge | England | United Kingdom
TUESDAYS 10.30 AM- 12 NOON Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (TUES 10 APRIL – TUES 15 MAY) 5 WEEKS (excluding 8 May) £50 NOW FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (TUES 5 JUN – TUES 10 JULY) 6 WEEKS £60. CLICK HERE NOW FULLY BOOKED  
Families Family Workshops Learning
April 13, 2018 – July 20, 2018 all-day
Afternoon Toddlealongs (2-5 years)  @ The Gardener's Lodge
FRIDAYS 1-2.30PM Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (FRI 13 APRIL – FRI 18 MAY), 6 WEEKS, £60 CLICK HERE  FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (FRI 8 JUNE– FRI 20 JULY), 7 WEEKS, £70 CLICK HERE       
Exhibition Featured
April 13, 2018 – July 1, 2018 all-day
Made for the Table @ The Holburne Museum
Made for the Table is a modern table setting featuring contemporary silver from the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection alongside other crafts, demonstrating how makers continue to be inspired to make beautiful objects for use. The exhibition explores the sensory experience of...
Families Family Workshops Learning
April 13, 2018 – July 20, 2018 all-day
Morning Toddlealongs (2-5 Years) FULLY BOOKED @ The Gardener's Lodge
FRIDAYS 10.30-12 NOON Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (FRI 13 APRIL – FRI 18 MAY), 6 WEEKS, £60 FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (FRI 8 JUNE– FRI 20 JULY), 7 WEEKS, £70 FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BOTH BLOCKS  (FRI 13 APRIL–...
Exhibition
May 25, 2018 – September 16, 2018 all-day
Prized Possessions Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
The National Trust owns some of the finest paintings in Britain by Dutch masters of the Golden Age. Normally seen in the rooms of country houses, the best of these seventeenth-century paintings will be displayed together in a gallery for...
Exhibition Featured Music
May 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Enjoy after-hours access to our galleries and garden as we stay open until 9pm on the last Friday in the month. Relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music in the Garden Café throughout the evening....
Families Family Workshops Learning
May 29, 2018 – June 1, 2018 all-day
Spring Half Term Art Camp (5-11 year old's) @ The Holburne Museum
Tuesday 29 May – Friday 1 June 9am-4pm £38 per day; £15 discount for booking 4 consecutive days. PLEASE NOTE THAT ART CAMP IS NOT RUNNING ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 28 MAY  (AS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED). WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.  BOOKING...
Evening Lecture Featured Talk
May 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
An Evening of Colour  @ The Holburne Museum
Enjoy an inspiring colour talk from International Colour Consultant, Joa Studholme. Joa will guide you through her top decorating tips, suggesting how to pair neutrals, add striking design statements and create a more cohesive scheme. £10 (includes entry to Prized...
Families Family Workshops Learning
June 2, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Beautiful Boxes @ The Holburne Museum
Enjoy decorating a beautiful keepsake chest in which to keep your own ‘Prized Possessions’ . Inspired by the exhibition Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses, we’ll be exploring relief pattern and simple gilding techniques using metal leaf. (Each...
Families Family Workshops Learning
June 9, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Floral Fabric @ The Holburne Museum
A fortnightly workshop (term-time, excluding bank holidays) for aspiring young artists. Expand your skills and discover new techniques, exploring the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with our experienced artists, creating something special to take home. There is also the...
Lunchtime Concert Music
June 12, 2018 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
I will sing of my Love @ The Holburne Museum
“I will sing of my Love”: Scottish and English 18th century Songs for Voice and Historical Harps Anne Lewis and Bill Taylor present a programme of Scottish and English 18th-century songs, airs and dance tunes for voice and historical harps....
Exhibition Talk
June 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Creating Made for the Table @ The Holburne Museum
Georgia Powell, Curator of the exhibition, introduces the inspiration for the Made for the Table display and the story of objects in the show dating back to the 16th century.
Exhibition Featured
June 14, 2018 – October 21, 2018 all-day
Bath to Baghdad @ The Holburne Museum
Discover the eclectic collection of art formed by Miss Ellen Tanner following her journey to the Middle East in the 1890s. From sumptuous textiles to delicate carved woodwork and lacquer and elaborately decorated metalwork, this collection is on display for...
Adults Exhibition Talk
June 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Art & Dine: Made for the Table @ The Holburne Museum
A relaxing evening of conversation, food and art. Join Catrin Jones for a glass of wine in our Garden Café and an insight into the display of beautiful contemporary silver in Made for the Table. Enjoy exclusive access to the...
Adults Exhibition Workshop
June 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
‘Golden Age’ Aroma-Tour @ The Holburne Museum
In celebration of Made For the Table and Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from the National Trust, award-winning food historian Tasha Marks, founder of AVM Curiosities, will present the exhibitions as a treat for the senses. Drawing the two displays together...
Families Family Workshops Learning
June 23, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Dinner with Design @ The Holburne Museum
A fortnightly workshop (term-time, excluding bank holidays) for aspiring young artists. Expand your skills and discover new techniques, exploring the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with our experienced artists, creating something special to take home. There is also the...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
June 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Made in the Netherlands @ The Holburne Museum
Made in the Netherlands: Seventeenth-Century Paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague This lecture offers a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the explosion of talent that took place within the cities of the Dutch republic in the...
Exhibition Music
June 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Enjoy after-hours access to our galleries and garden as we stay open until 9pm on the last Friday in the month. Relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music in the Garden Café throughout the evening....
Learning Young People
June 30, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Bronze Arts Award - Information Morning @ The Gardener's Lodge | Bath | United Kingdom
This is an opportunity for parents and young people to find out more about Arts Award and the activities planned for the week, see examples of previous Arts Award portfolios and ask questions! (no obligation). BOOKING ESSENTIAL NOW FULLY BOOKED...
Adults Exhibition Workshop
June 30, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dutch Masters: Flower Arranging Workshop @ The Holburne Museum
Create your own Dutch-inspired floral arrangement in this workshop led by Rachel Wardley, founder of the Bath-based Talullah Rose Flower School. Beginning with a guided tour of the exhibition, Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from the National Trust, Rachel will demonstrate...
Lunchtime Concert Music
July 3, 2018 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Consonant Connections @ The Holburne Museum
Consonant Connections: A musical perspective on 17th century Anglo-Dutch relationships Explore seventeenth-century Anglo-Dutch music in this lunchtime recital. In honour of our temporary exhibition, Prized Possessions, this recital looks at Constantijn Huygens – musician, poet, art connoisseur and statesman (and...
Families Family Workshops Learning
July 7, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Flowers 'n' Fruit @ The Holburne Museum
A fortnightly workshop (term-time, excluding bank holidays) for aspiring young artists. Expand your skills and discover new techniques, exploring the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with our experienced artists, creating something special to take home. There is also the...
Adults Workshop
July 14, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Ring in a Day  @ The Holburne Museum
This one-day silversmithing course will introduce you to some of the basic techniques of silversmithing. Led by Penelope Makower, Principle of the Bishopsland Educational Trust, you will create a unique hall-marked silver ring of your own design. Bishopsland is a...
Adults Exhibition Workshop
July 21, 2018 @ 10:30 am – July 29, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Dutch Still-Life Oil Painting Masterclass @ The Holburne Museum
Learn the working methods of Dutch still-life masters of the 17th century. In this two-day workshop, students will discover how artists of the period constructed a tonal composition using glazes of transparent earth, over which were applied fine layers of...
Families Family Workshops Learning
July 25, 2018 – July 27, 2018 all-day
Summer Art Camp @ The Gardener's Lodge
Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 July 9am-4pm £38 per day Days packed full of fun; creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, led by our experienced team of artists. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch, wear appropriate clothes for art...
Learning Young People
Art Masterclass (for 11-18yrs): Creative Portrait Drawing  @ The Gardener's Lodge | England | United Kingdom
Drawing Masterclass: Creative Portrait Drawing £35 (all materials included) – (maximum 10 places) Inspired by portraits in the Prized Possessions exhibition, enjoy a day of explorative drawing, learning about applying different media on a range of different backgrounds to produce...
Exhibition Music
July 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Enjoy after-hours access to our galleries and garden as we stay open until 9pm on the last Friday in the month. Relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music in the Garden Café throughout the evening....

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.