What’s On

October 2017 – May 2018

Exhibition
October 20, 2017 – February 25, 2018 all-day
Michael Petry: In the Realm of the Gods @ The Holburne Museum
In the Realm of the Gods explores the ley lines hidden beneath the city of Bath since the time of the Ancient Britons. Artist Michael Petry has created a newly commissioned glass ley line, to be shown alongside works exploring...
Exhibition Featured
October 20, 2017 – January 21, 2018 all-day
Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception @ The Holburne Museum
“… dazzling” The Sunday Times This exhibition will explore one of the most exciting threads of art history of the past 150 years. Many artists from the Impressionists onwards were inspired by scientific colour theories, such as the pointillist work...
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 5, 2018 – March 16, 2018 all-day
Afternoon Toddlealongs (2-5 years) @ The Gardener's Lodge
FRIDAYS 1-2.30PM Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (FRI 5 JAN– FRI 9 FEB, 6 WEEKS, £60) CLICK HERE FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (FRI 2 MAR – FRI 23 MAR, 4 WEEKS, £40) CLICK HERE SPACES    
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 5, 2018 – March 23, 2018 all-day
Morning Toddlealongs (2-5 Years) FULLY BOOKED @ The Gardener's Lodge | Bath | England | United Kingdom
FRIDAYS 10.30-12 NOON Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (FRI 5 JAN – FRI 9 FEB, 6 WEEKS) £60 BLOCK 1 SOLD OUT TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (FRI 2 MAR– FRI 23 MAR, 4 WEEKS) £40 BLOCK 2 SOLD OUT...
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 6, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Pointy Paintings FULLY BOOKED @ 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...
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 8, 2018 – March 19, 2018 all-day
Arty Babies (0-9 months)  @ The Gardener's Lodge
ALL CLASSES MUST BE BOOKED. BLOCK BOOKINGS ONLY. TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (8 Jan-5 Feb, 5 Weeks, £50) FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (26 Feb – 19 Mar, 4 weeks, £40) CLICK HERE      
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 8, 2018 – March 19, 2018 all-day
Monday Yearlings (12-24 months) FULLY BOOKED @ The Gardener's Lodge | England | United Kingdom
MONDAYS 10.30 AM- 12 NOON Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (MON 8 JAN– MON 5 FEB, 5 WEEKS, £50 FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (MON 26 FEB – MON 19 MAR, 4 WEEKS, £40) FULLY BOOKED
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 9, 2018 – March 20, 2018 all-day
Tuesday Yearlings (12-24 months)  @ The Gardener's Lodge | North East Somerset | England | United Kingdom
TUESDAYS 10.30 AM- 12 NOON Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (TUES 9 JAN – TUES 6 FEB, 5 WEEKS) £50 CLICK HERE TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (TUES 27 FEB – TUES 20 MAR, 4 WEEKS) £40 CLICK HERE...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
January 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Is Seeing Believing?  @ The Holburne Museum
Is Seeing Believing? The Psychology and Neuroscience of Illusion in Art Children love perceptual illusions. Of course scientists and artists do too. Why do many adults grow out of this fascination with illusions? One reason might be that illusions are...
Adults Exhibition Workshop
January 13, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cut, Pattern and Mosaic with Paper FULLY BOOKED @ The Holburne Museum
Discover some of the most visually striking elements of the Op Art movement with illustrator Jessica Palmer, and create your own work of art using specialist papercutting and collage techniques. In this full-day workshop, students will visit the temporary exhibition,...
Exhibition In Conversation Talk
January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Conversation with Sara Moorhouse @ The Holburne Museum
Join ceramicist Sara Moorhouse in conversation with Holburne Director, Chris Stephens, to discover the inspiration behind her ceramics exhibited in Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception. The evening will reveal how the theme of arable landscape underlies Sara’s practice,...
Learning Young People
January 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Art Masterclass (for 11-18yrs) - Installation Art @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
Saturday 20 January, 10am-4pm Installation Art £30 (all materials included) – (maximum 8 places)   Look at artworks, both past and present, which have been placed within, upon and outside the Holburne by contemporary artists responding to the Museum’s history,...
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 20, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Monochrome Madness FULLY BOOKED @ 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...
Music
January 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
An Evening with Phillip Dyson @ The Holburne Museum
The charismatic Phillip Dyson returns to the Holburne Museum with another sensational show featuring some of the world’s most popular and best loved piano classics. Works include pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and George Gershwin, as well as anniversary celebrations...
Music
January 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The K.E.S. Holburne Soloist Concert @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
Concert starts at 7pm Doors open at 6.15pm Tickets £8
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
February 3, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Sand Art FULLY BOOKED @ 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...
Exhibition Featured
February 9, 2018 – May 7, 2018 all-day
Anthony Fry: A Retrospective @ The Holburne Museum
We are delighted to be showing the first museum retrospective of the painter Anthony Fry (1927-2016), who enjoyed huge commercial success in Britain and America during his lifetime but has not previously been recognised by a major exhibition. Comprising works...
Adults Workshop
February 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Made with Love @ The Holburne Museum
Love is in the air! Learn the art of quilling and craft a beautiful hand-made card for a sweetheart or a loved one. In this guided workshop, work with a series of coloured quilled papers to wind paper coils and...
Learning Young People
February 16, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Art Masterclass (for 11-18yrs) - Colour Connections @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
Friday 16 February, 11am-4pm Colour Connections  £30 (all materials included) – (maximum 12 places)   Explore vibrant colour combinations and mixed media techniques to produce an accomplished Still Life composition inspired by our exhibition Anthony Fry (1927-2016) A Retrospective. This...
Exhibition In Conversation Talk
February 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet the Artist: Michael Petry @ The Holburne Museum
In this rare one-off event, meet artist Michael Petry in an intimate private view of his exhibit, In the Realm of the Gods, before it closes on 25 February. Join Michael over a drink from our pop-up bar in the...
Families Family Workshops Learning
February 24, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Jewel Colours  @ 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...
Music
March 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Vive la Différence  @ The Holburne Museum
‘Vive la Différence’, the title of this recital, generally refers to the sexes; but might it not equally be a ‘hurrah’ for the difference between the musical and poetic traditions of Germany, France and Britain at the beginning of the...
Adults Evening Lecture
March 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bath, Slavery and Memoryscape @ The Holburne Museum
Bath’s links to the transatlantic slave trade and slavery have been timidly studied over the last decades. This talk will look at the legacies and memories of Bath’s colonial past in the urban landscape, including Sydney Gardens. Dr Olivette Otele...
Families Family Workshops Learning
March 10, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Beautiful Boxes @ The Gardener's Lodge
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...
Learning Young People
Art Masterclass (for 11-18yrs) - Expressive Portraiture: Clay Busts @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
Thursday 5 April, 11am-4pm Expressive Portraiture: Clay Busts £30 (all materials included) – (maximum 12 places) Learn how to sculpt an expressive 3D head in clay, working from your own observational sketches and inspired by the work of the 17th...
Families Family Workshops Learning
April 14, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Springtime Clay Craft  @ 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...
Families Family Workshops Learning
April 28, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Dramatic Poses @ 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...
Families Family Workshops Learning
May 12, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Printed Patterns @ 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...

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.