Exhibitions

November 2016 – June 2017

Collection Exhibition
November 17, 2016 – March 5, 2017 all-day
Djordje Ozbolt: The Grand Detour @ The Holburne Museum
Acclaimed artist Djordje Ozbolt is telling a new tale, responding directly to the Holburne’s paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. On display throughout the collection and grounds, these works lead us to discover exciting new perspectives on the past and see...
Exhibition
February 11, 2017 – June 4, 2017 all-day
Bruegel Defining a Dynasty Exhibition @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | England | United Kingdom
The Holburne Museum is proud to announce the UK’s first exhibition devoted to the Bruegel dynasty, including recent attributions for two paintings from the Museum’s own collection. Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty will unravel the complex Bruegel family tree, revealing the...
Exhibition
February 20, 2017 – February 27, 2017 all-day
MAKE:SHIFT HOLBURNE  @ The Holburne Museum
3D Design: Idea Material Object (IMO) Degree students present their innovative prototype ideas, designed in response to the Holburne Museum’s building, Collection and site. This innovative course encourages students to think and design ‘outside of the box’ – come and...
Exhibition
March 11, 2017 – June 4, 2017 all-day
Anne Desmet RA @ The Holburne Museum
Wirth Gallery Free Distinguished wood engraver Anne Desmet presents a series of journeys through time. These recent prints and mixed media collages will take you to New York, London and an imaginary beyond, exploring the tones and textures of changing...
Exhibition Talk Tea-time Talk
March 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bruegel's Blind Leading the Blind
Bruegel’s Blind Leading the Blind (1568): The Original and Its Afterlife This lecture will explore the fascinating imagery within Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Parable of the Blind (1568), relating it to contemporary social, political and artistic conditions. The talk  will...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
March 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
How to Find a Lost Brueghel @ The Holburne Museum
In this talk, Dr Bendor Grosvenor will give a masterclass in how to identify lost paintings, including works by major artists such as Peter Brueghel the Younger, whose newly discovered Wedding Dance features in the Holburne’s current collection. Dr Bendor...
Exhibition In Conversation Talk
March 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Conversation with Anne Desmet @ The Holburne Museum
Join wood engraver Anne Desmet as she discusses her work with Amina Wright (senior Curator, Holburne Museum). The conversation will examine the artist’s printmaking and collage techniques, follow her on her travels, and explore links between her work and the...
Adults Exhibition Music
March 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Uplate @ The Holburne Museum
Holburne Up Lates are an invitation to socialise with friends and be inspired by art. Relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music in the Garden Café from our resident DJ throughout the evening. Discover the...
Exhibition Lunchtime Concert Music
April 18, 2017 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
A Life in Flux @ The Holburne Museum
A Life in Flux is a companion musical programme to the special exhibition Under Changing Skies, featuring prints by Anne Desmet RA. Songs from three regions – Spain, Germany and the Americas – convey kaleidoscopic experiences of change: political upheaval,...
Adults Exhibition Music
April 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Uplate @ The Holburne Museum
Holburne Up Lates are an invitation to socialise with friends and be inspired by art. Relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music in the Garden Café from our resident DJ throughout the evening. Discover the...
Exhibition Lunchtime Concert Music
May 9, 2017 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
A Flemish Foray  @ The Holburne Museum
The Netherlands in the time of the Brueghels was pivotal for Renaissance music, with composers of the Franco-Flemish school emerging as key players across Europe. Antwerp’s printers were active in publishing some of their work to a popular audience, while...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
May 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Who was Bruegel  @ The Holburne Museum
Who was Bruegel? Discovering the Master through his Sons ‘Peasant Bruegel’ – highbrow humanist, painter of nature or practical joker? In this lecture Amy Orrock will explore the many identities of the elusive father of the Bruegel dynasty, Pieter Bruegel...
Adults Exhibition Music
May 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Uplate @ The Holburne Museum
Holburne Up Lates are an invitation to socialise with friends and be inspired by art. Relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music in the Garden Café from our resident DJ throughout the evening. Discover the...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
June 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Flemish Painting Methods  @ The Holburne Museum
The painting methods Flemish artists in the 15th and 16th centuries The lecture will focus on the painting practices of Flemish artists of the 15th to 16th century. During this period oil painting emerged as the dominant painting medium; prior...
Adults Exhibition Workshop
June 3, 2017 – June 4, 2017 all-day
The Mixed Technique of Egg Tempera and Oil @ The Holburne Museum
Saturday 3 June, 10.30am – 5pm and Sunday 4 June 11am – 4.30pm Discover the traditional painting techniques used by Flemish artists of the 15th and early 16th centuries, who brought together egg tempera and oil, integrating the virtues 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.