Exhibitions

October 2017 – May 2018

Exhibition
October 20, 2017 – April 8, 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...
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,...
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...
Collection Exhibition
February 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Student Performance: The Moving Exhibition  @ The Holburne Museum
A series of interventionist performances give a fresh interpretation to the museum exhibits. Throughout the afternoon dancers and composers from Bath Spa University will present a series of short original performance works in response to the displays and spaces of...
Collection Exhibition
February 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Student Performance: The Moving Exhibition  @ The Holburne Museum
A series of interventionist performances give a fresh interpretation to the museum exhibits. Throughout the afternoon dancers and composers from Bath Spa University will present a series of short original performance works in response to the displays and spaces of...
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...
Exhibition Families Family Workshops
February 13, 2018 – February 14, 2018 all-day
Elephants on Parade
Make a cheerful, colourful hanging decoration with elephants and camels – inspired by some of the paintings in our exhibition Anthony Fry: A Retrospective. Visit us either Tuesday 13 or Wednesday 14 February at the following times: Tuesday 13 and...
Exhibition Featured 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. Join Michael over a drink from our pop-up bar in the Ballroom Gallery as he discusses his...
Exhibition Featured
March 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Moro Pop-up Restaurant @ The Holburne Museum
Sam and Sam Clark, founders of the award-winning London restaurant Moro, present a wonderful opportunity to enjoy their delicious food and the flavours of Spain and North Africa in Bath to celebrate the life and work of Anthony Fry. Your...
Exhibition
March 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Moro Pop-up Restaurant @ The Holburne Museum
Sam and Sam Clark, founders of the award-winning London restaurant Moro, present a wonderful opportunity to enjoy their delicious food and the flavours of Spain and North Africa in Bath to celebrate the life and work of Anthony Fry. Your...
Exhibition Families Family Workshops
March 25, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Easter Eggstravaganza @ The Holburne Museum
Whatever the weather, be transported to sunnier climes with fun and creative activities inspired by Anthony Fry’s vibrant, colourful paintings. Decorate an eggstraordinary Easter egg inspired by traditional Indian patterns. No booking required.  
Exhibition Talk
April 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Rogues and Vagabonds @ The Holburne Museum
Rogues and Vagabonds: The Garrick Club Collection of Theatrical Art Join Carmen Holdsworth-Delgado as she examines the history of the Garrick Club and some of the treasures within, paying particular attention to images of David Garrick and his contemporaries, such...
Exhibition Lunchtime Concert Music
April 17, 2018 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Music of the Georgian Theatre @ The Holburne Museum
Join the Florentine Arts Ensemble as they present a programme of music inspired by our temporary exhibition, Lighting Up the Stage: Stars of the Georgian Theatre. This recital will explore the challenges facing the performing artist in 18th Century England....
Adults Exhibition Workshop
April 21, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Oil Painting Masterclass: Experiment with Colour @ The Holburne Museum
Be inspired by the vibrant use of colour in our temporary exhibition, Anthony Fry (1927-2016) A Retrospective, and learn how to apply colour in oil paint. Enjoy a tour the exhibition before returning to the studio to work from a...
Collection Exhibition Music
April 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Enjoy after-hours access to our galleries and exhibitions 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. Come...
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...

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.