What’s On

February – May 2016

Exhibition Featured
February 13, 2016 – September 18, 2016 all-day
A Handful of Dust @ The Holburne Museum
As part of our ‘100 Years Here’ celebrations, the Holburne will be exhibiting some of its rarely-shown but exquisitely beautiful eighteenth-century British portraits in pastel. This mixture of china clay, plaster and pigment is little more than coloured dust, yet...
Exhibition Featured
February 13, 2016 – June 5, 2016 all-day
Impressionism: Capturing Life @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
The show centres on figurative paintings by some of the artists that exhibited at the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874, including Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. Significant loans from, among others, Tate, The National...
Families Family Workshops
April 29, 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
April 29, 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.
Adults Exhibition Music
April 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Relax with drinks, light bites and music in the Café, and explore the Museum after hours to discover both the treasures of the collection and the delights of our exhibition Impressionism: Capturing Life. Throughout the Museum and grounds, Bath Spa...
Adults Exhibition Workshop
April 30, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Impressions of Colour and Movement @ The Holburne Museum
Join renowned artist and Pastel Society member, Eiko Yoshimoto, and explore the versatile medium of pastel to create a vibrant, figurative artwork, capturing colour and sense of movement celebrated in the work of the Impressionists. Eiko is an elected member...
Families Family Workshops
May 3, 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.
Adults Study Day Talk
May 6, 2016 @ 1:00 am – 4:45 am
Impressionism Study Afternoon @ The Holburne Museum
Sir John Lavery (1851-1901). Paisley Lawn Tennis Club (Detail) 1889, oil on canvas © Paisley Art Institute Collection The Impressionist Approach to Portraiture Jennifer Scott (Curator of Impressionism: Capturing Life) Jennifer Scott will explore the approach of Degas, Renoir, Pissarro and...
Families Family Workshops
May 6, 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
May 6, 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
May 7, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Decoupage Plaque @ The Holburne Museum
Decoupage Plaque Create your own collaged plaque taking inspiration from souvenirs and objects from around the world.
Families Family Workshops
May 9, 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.
Young People
Portfolio Group for GCSE & A level students - Drawing 'en plein air' @ The Holburne Museum
Drawing ‘en plein air’ Working outside in Sydney Gardens, create vibrant impressionist landscape sketches
Families Family Workshops
May 10, 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
May 13, 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
May 13, 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.
Families Family Workshops
May 16, 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
May 17, 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 Lunchtime Concert Music
May 17, 2016 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Colours of Impressionism  @ The Holburne Museum
Jane Hunt Jane Hunt and Clive Pollard present a recital that explores the influence of musical ‘Impressionism’ on song composition, beginning with early works by Debussy. The programme will also include art songs and folk song settings by other composers...
Adults Exhibition Workshop
Clay workshop for Blind and Partially Sighted Visitors
Join us for this workshop and make an Impressionist-style portrait in clay. FREE but booking essential as places are limited.
Exhibition Talk Tea-time Talk
May 18, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Contrasting Impressionism @ The Holburne Museum
The essence of Impressionism, as shown in the exhibition, was a sense of atmosphere, a capturing of everyday life in the nineteenth century by artists who were considered outsiders. This talk examines the huge impact of the Impressionists by looking...
Families Family Workshops
May 20, 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
May 20, 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
Saturday Art Club - Make Magical Marks with Pastels @ The Holburne Museum
Make Magical Marks with Pastels We will visit the exhibition Holburne Stories: A Handful of Dust to look at the pastel techniques used by artists and then develop our observations into a pastel-inspired work.
Families Family Workshops
May 23, 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.
Young People
Portfolio Group for GCSE & A level students - Life drawing @ The Holburne Museum
Life drawing An opportunity to draw from a professional life model with a focus on form
Families Family Workshops
May 24, 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
May 27, 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
May 27, 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.
Families
May 30, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sydney Gardens Promenade @ The Holburne Museum
A Utopian Promenade will revive some of the spirit of Sydney Gardens in Bath’s golden age, when they were dedicated to pleasure, display and entertainment. People of all ages, shapes and dispositions are invited to participate in a spectacle of...

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.