What’s On

February – June 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...
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...
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)  @ 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  
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
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 the table, from taste and...
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 Featured
April 19, 2018 – April 29, 2018 all-day
The Long Way Home @ The Holburne Museum
The Long Way Home reflects on the long journey that refugees across the world undertake when they decide to leave their homes in pursuit of a new place to call “home”. It’s normally the wealthiest, luckiest or strongest ones who...
Collection Exhibition Music
April 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Re-Inventing the Souvenir Join us for an exclusive view of exciting, contemporary souvenirs designed by Bath Spa University’s 3D design students in partnership with the Holburne. Enjoy a ‘salon’ of pop-up talks in our Café presented by leading designers, academics...
Families Family Workshops Learning
April 28, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Dramatic Poses 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 Featured
May 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plant Sale @ The Holburne Museum
Join us for the annual Plant Sale in aid of the Holburne Museum Plants for sale from: Holburne Friends’ Plant stall Chase Plants Foxley Road Nurseries Parham Bungalow Plants Wild Thyme Free advice on planting and care Also displaying work...
Collection Talk
May 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Curator’s Choice: John Smart, Miniaturist @ The Holburne Museum
During the eighteenth century, Britain produced some of the finest portrait miniatures ever made, and none were finer or more compelling than the work of John Smart (1740 – 1811). Come and hear all about this extraordinary artist, described by...
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...
Adults Learning Workshop
May 15, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Creativity and Wellbeing Coffee Morning  @ The Holburne Museum
Come for a coffee and enjoy beautiful creative activities inspired by some of the treasures of the Holburne’s collection. This event is organised by members of our Pathways to Wellbeing groups and marks Mental Health Awareness Week. These groups are...
Adults Workshop
May 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Poetry Reading @ The Holburne Museum
Winner of the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, Michael Symmons Roberts has also collaborated on a range of celebrated musical collaborations and broadcast work. Join him as he reads from his recent collections, including...
Exhibition
May 25, 2018 – September 16, 2018 all-day
Prized Possessions Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
Prized Possessions will celebrate the Golden Age of Dutch painting, the enduring British taste for collecting Dutch paintings and how and why this style of art was desired, commissioned and displayed. Amina Wright, Senior Curator at the Holburne notes, “We...
Exhibition 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 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 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
June 14, 2018 – October 21, 2018 all-day
Bath to Baghdad: A collection of Persian Art  @ The Holburne Museum
Discover the eclectic collection of Persian art formed by Miss Ellen Tanner following her intrepid 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...
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 The information morning...
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...

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.