What’s On

February 2016 – February 2017

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...
August 6, 2016 – January 2, 2017 all-day
Linda Brothwell: The Missing @ The Holburne Museum
In a new On the Table commission Linda Brothwell, a 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...
Families Family Workshops
September 5, 2016 – December 12, 2016 all-day
Monday Yearlings (12-24 months) @ The Gardener's Lodge
MONDAYS 10.30 AM- 12 NOON Block Bookings only  TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (MON 5 SEP – MON 17 OCT, 7 WEEKS) £70 CLICK HERE TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (MON 7 NOV – MON 12 DEC, 6 WEEKS) £60 CLICK HERE...
Families Family Workshops Learning
September 6, 2016 – December 13, 2016 all-day
Tuesday Yearlings (12-24 months) @ The Holburne Museum
Adults Learning Workshop
September 8, 2016 – October 13, 2016 all-day
Recollection and Afternoon Tea @ The Holburne Museum
Thursdays 2-4pm (12 sessions from 8 September) Recollection is a FREE 12-week creative art group for people who experience memory problems run by art psychotherapist Rose Pickett and artist Paula Tew. The Recollection Creative Art Group will provide an opportunity...
Families Family Workshops Learning
September 9, 2016 – December 16, 2016 all-day
Afternoon Toddlealongs (2-5 yrs) @ The Holburne Museum
Families Family Workshops Learning
September 9, 2016 – December 16, 2016 all-day
Morning Toddlealongs (2-5 yrs) @ The Holburne Museum
Block Bookings only FRIDAYS 10.30 AM- 12 NOON TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (FRI 9 SEP – MON 21 OCT, 7 WEEKS) £70 CLICK HERE TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (FRI 11 NOV – FRI 16 DEC, 6 WEEKS) £60 CLICK HERE TO...
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
Framed! Family Arts Festival Event @ The Holburne Museum
Framed! Family Arts Festival Event FREE Family Day 12noon to 4pm Join us for lots of fun, creative activities inspired by our portrait of Arthur Atherley by Sir Thomas Lawrence: *Create a clay portrait bust *Top tips for drawing and...
Featured Friends Talk
October 21, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Robertson Lecture 2016: Vanessa Brett – Silver @ The Holburne Museum
Vanessa Brett is co-curating the Holburne’s forthcoming exhibition Silver: Light and Shade with Catrin Jones, Curator of Decorative Arts. Vanessa lives near Bath with her husband William Parker. Her most recent book, Bertrand’s Toyshop in Bath: Luxury Retailing 1685–1765, published...
October 22, 2016 – January 22, 2017 all-day
Silver Light and Shade @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | England | United Kingdom
Silver: Light and Shade explores the unique properties of an extraordinary material. The Holburne Museum presents an exhibition that brings together historic and contemporary silver masterpieces to tell a new story about the texture, form and colour of this precious...
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....
Families Family Workshops Learning
November 5, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club  (5-13 Years) - Mouth-watering Morsels @ The Holburne Museum
5 November Mouth-watering Morsels Discover fabulous paintings featuring food in the museum’s permanent collection and create your own delectable painted feast using acrylic paints.
Families Family Workshops Learning
November 19, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club (5-13 Years) - Clay Embossing @ The Holburne Museum
19 November Clay Embossing Taking inspiration from the Silver exhibition create clay slab pots with embossing techniques and experiment with silver leaf to create a truly unique item!
Learning Young People
November 26, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday Art Masterclasses - Silver Clay for Teenagers  @ The Holburne Museum
26 November, 11am-4pm Silver Clay for Teenagers £30 All materials included (maximum 10 places) Create a unique piece of silver jewellery for yourself (or as a present!) Artist Jackie Sisson will lead this exciting workshop, exploring texture, form and design....
Families Family Workshops Learning
December 3, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club (5-13 Years) - Missing Parts! @ The Holburne Museum
3 December Missing Parts! Taking inspiration from the Linda Brothwell exhibition, design and create your own artwork for one of the plinths that Sir William Holburne used to display his porcelain and bronzes.
Families Family Workshops Learning
Saturday Art Club (5-13Yrs) - Christmas Fun at the Holburne @ The Holburne Museum
17 December Christmas Fun at the Holburne Taking inspiration from the museum’s festive theme you will create your own Yuletide treasures.
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 7, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club (5-13 Years) - 3D Landscapes @ The Holburne Museum
7 January 3D Landscapes Explore the permanent collection of Dutch landscapes to design and make your own pop-up stage set.
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club (5-13 Years) - Sumptuous Silver @ The Holburne Museum
21 January Sumptuous Silver Come and explore the exquisite Silver exhibition and create a Still Life painting that captures its rare beauty.
Learning Young People
January 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday Art Masterclasses - Explore Silversmithing @ The Holburne Museum
28 January, 10am – 1pm Explore Silversmithing £20 All materials included (maximum 8 places) An introduction to silversmithing led by Bristol based contemporary jeweller, Emily Gliddon. This half-day workshop will involve shaping and embossing sheet silver whilst learning to use...
Families Family Workshops Learning
February 4, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - (5-13 Years) - Crazy Collage @ The Holburne Museum
4 February Crazy Collage! Enjoy the work of artist Djordje Ozbolt and create a mixed media response
Learning Young People
Saturday Art Masterclasses - Quick Start Art (R) Oil Painting: An Introduction @ The Holburne Museum
4 February, 11am-4pm Quick Start Art(R) Oil Painting: An Introduction £30 All materials included (maximum 12 places) Join artist Rob Lunn and discover this fun and exciting medium, how to mix the right colours and even how to make your...

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.