What’s On

February – October 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,...
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
August 1, 2016 – August 5, 2016 all-day
Summer Art Camp @ The Holburne Museum
Monday 1 to Friday 5 August (MONDAY 1 AUGUST, TUESDAY 2ND AND WEDNESDAY 3 AUGUST FULLY BOOKED) 9am-4pm 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...
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...
August 4, 2016 – August 13, 2016 all-day
Cinema Under the Stars @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | England | United Kingdom
This August, The Little Theatre Cinema brings four terrific films to a huge screen set under the summer firmament at the Holburne Museum. What’s more, the Holburne’s gorgeous café will be open, serving food, soft drinks and alcoholic refreshment. Screenings...
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
  Enjoy a 2 hour printmaking workshop facilitated by our Bronze Arts Award students and our Learning Officer. BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Family Workshops
August 22, 2016 – August 26, 2016 all-day
Summer Art Camp @ The Holburne Museum
Monday 22 to Friday 26 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. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch, wear appropriate clothes for art work and...
Adults Exhibition Music
August 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Start your Bank Holiday weeekend at the Holburne Museum. Relax with Friends and a drink in the Garden Café, share some light bites and spill out on our beautiful new Café terrace. Enjoy music from DJ Cowboy Beat-bop in our...
Exhibition Workshop
September 10, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Needle Felting Lions @ The Holburne Museum
Inspired by Stubbs’s paintings, learn how to needle felt and create your own wonderful lion or lioness sculpture. Using felting needles and wool fleece, repeatedly pushing the barbed needles into the wool, makes the fibres tangle together and create solid...
September 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sisters and Suitors @ The Holburne Museum
An evening of music and words, exploring love in its many forms in Sense and Sensibility. Soprano Rosie Lomas and the Literary Music Ensemble return to the Jane Austen Festival and the Holburne with a musical programme inspired by Sense...
Lunchtime Concert Music
September 13, 2016 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Striving for the Divine @ The Holburne Museum
A selection of songs by Schubert and chamber music by Beethoven – early Romantic music with the profound longing for higher worlds. The Danish trio Strings of Joy will perform in accurate Regency costumes. The ensemble consists of soprano Maria...
Family Workshops Learning
September 17, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Autumn Glory at the Holburne @ The Holburne Museum
Autumn Glory at the Holburne Experiment with a range of drawing techniques to capture autumnal images in the Museum collection.
In Conversation Talk
September 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Conversation with Linda Brothwell @ The Holburne Museum
Join artist Linda Brothwell as she discusses her artistic practice with Catrin Jones, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Holburne. The evening will explore how Brothwell’s work engages with making, materials, and place, and the process of creating The Missing.
September 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Goldberg @ The Holburne Museum
Prize-winning, internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and composer John Law, returns to his classical roots with a re-working of J.S.Bach’s famous masterpiece the Goldberg Variations. Bach’s complete score, with the addition of John Law’s newly composed, ambient opening and closing compositions,...
Exhibition Workshop
September 30, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Butterfly Metamorphosis @ The Holburne Museum
Butterfly Metamorphosis– An Artistic and Scientific Appreciation This watercolour painting workshop will use art to pay homage to the transformation of larva to butterflies. Cath Hodsman and course participants will discuss how this mysterious process manifests itself, in butterflies and...
Adults Exhibition Music
September 30, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Relax with friends and a drink in the Garden Café, share some light bites and enjoy music in our Café throughout the evening. Explore the Museum after hours to discover both the treasures of our collection and our exhibitions Stubbs...
September 30, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Pop Up Talk @ The Holburne Museum
Join wildlife and natural history artist, Cath Hodsman to discover why the natural world fascinates her, why she chooses to paints insects as her main subject –matter, and why she strives for 100% anatomical accuracy in her artistic homages. This...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
September 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stubbs and the Wilderness @ The Holburne Museum
Robin Blake Stubbs was a dogmatic advocate of artists working directly from nature yet he had little or no direct experience of wild landscape. His landscape backgrounds were artificially derived from Old Masters and from what he saw as he...
Family Workshops Learning
October 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Exotic Animal Prints @ The Holburne Museum
Exotic Animal Prints Produce your own animal prints taking inspiration from the exhibition Stubbs and the Wild.
Collection Talk Tea-time Talk
October 5, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Portrait of Catherine Cussans @ The Holburne Museum
Collection in Focus: John Hoppner’s Portrait of Catherine Cussans Catherine Cussans was Sir William Holburne’s aunt. Influenced by Reynolds and Gainsborough and rival to Lawrence, John Hoppner was one of the most fashionable portrait painters in eighteenth-century England but is...
Family Workshops Learning
October 15, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Gold Frame Relief @ The Holburne Museum
Gold Frame Relief Make your own relief tile inspired by ornate picture frames.
Collection Families Family Workshops
October 16, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Big Draw & Family Arts Festival Event @ The Holburne Museum
Join us to celebrate the Big Draw, the world’s largest drawing festival, with a fun family workshop with creative activities inspired by our portrait of Arthur Atherley by Sir Thomas Lawrence.
Adults Exhibition Music
October 28, 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....

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.