Exhibitions

November 2015 – June 2016

Exhibition
November 21, 2015 – March 28, 2016 all-day
Michael Eden History Re-Printed @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
Michael Eden uses cutting-edge 3D printing technology to create objects inspired by historical themes. Eden will create a visually spectacular display on the Ballroom table, including new work influenced by the Holburne and its surroundings, exploring advancements in science and...
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...
Exhibition Family Workshops Featured
February 13, 2016 @ 10:00 am – February 21, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Half Term at the Holburne @ The Holburne Museum
Feb 2016 Family workshop There is so much happening  this half term at the Holburne Museum: Impressionism: Capturing Life ( 13 February to 5 June) Kids go free to our exquisite new exhibition! Don’t forget to take the children to the...
Exhibition Family Workshops
February 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Portraits (Half Term Workshop) @ The Holburne Museum
A fun and creative workshop that’s suitable for all the family. Inspired by our exhibition Impressionism: Capturing Life, create a portrait on canvas in the style of Renoir and Degas. Bring a favourite photo of a family member or friend...
Exhibition Music
February 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am – February 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Surround Sound
This collaboration with BSU students aims to explore how Sound can be use as a tool to engage our visitors by shifting their perceptions of the Holburne Museum and its surroundings. IMO SOUND project BSU  
Exhibition Study Day Talk
February 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ceramics and New Technologies @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
Michael Eden, The Walpole Dish, 2014 © Sylvain Deleu. Courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, London How are digital processes influencing the ceramics scene?  What do they offer today’s makers? A symposium exploring the impact of new technologies in contemporary ceramics, to...
Exhibition Featured In Conversation Talk
February 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Conversation with Michael Eden @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
Join artist-maker Michael Eden as he discusses his artistic practice with Catrin Jones, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Holburne. The evening will explore how Eden’s work engages with both historical material – objects and literature – and also very...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
March 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Impressionist Women: Maskers and Muses @ The Holburne Museum
Until the Impressionist revolution, cultural prejudices made it almost impossible for women to become professional artists and their role was confined to being treated as subject matter. This talk will look at some of the remarkable women who broke through...
Adults Exhibition Workshop
March 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Portraits in Pastel @ The Holburne Museum
Portrait in pastel by Felicity House   A Portrait workshop with pastel artist Felicity House which takes place during the Holburne Pastel Exhibition: A Handful of Dust. Pastels are a superb medium for making a portrait from life, with the...
Exhibition Families Family Workshops
March 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Easter Eggstravaganza @ The Holburne Museum
Come and enjoy activities inspired by our exhibition Impressionism: Capturing Life including painting outdoors for all the family and decorating eggs in an Impressionist style! Easter Eggstravaganza Family Workshop
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
April 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Regarding Renoir: A Personal View @ The Holburne Museum
Join us for a thought-provoking lecture revealing Nicola Kalinsky’s response to the divided opinions expressed for this skilled, yet polemical, artist and his work. Nicola Kalinsky has been Director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts since January 2013. Prior...
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...
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...
Adults Exhibition Music
June 3, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
An extra special Up Late as part of the Holburne’s 100 Years Here celebrations 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...
Adults Exhibition Workshop
June 4, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Capturing Life Celebration Sketching @ The Holburne Museum
Join illustrator and sketching fanatic Sam Church for an exciting day of ‘Capturing Life’ in drawing. Taking inspiration from the Impressionists we’ll set about capturing a sense of life, light, movement and moment in our own work – in 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.