Exhibitions

February – October 2016

Exhibition Featured
February 13, 2016 – November 6, 2016 all-day
A Handful of Dust @ The Holburne Museum
To celebrate the Holburne’s centenary in its current home, this exhibition gathers together the best of the Museum’s delightful eighteenth-century British portraits in pastel. A mixture of china clay, plaster and pigments pastel is little more than brightly coloured dust,...
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...
Adults Exhibition Music
June 3, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
  Relax with Friends and a drink in the Garden Café, share some light bites and spill out on our beautiful new Café terrace. Enjoy music from DJ Pablo Tinté throughout the evening. At 7pm, launch of From Palette to...
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...
Exhibition
June 25, 2016 – October 2, 2016 all-day
Stubbs and the Wild @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
Today George Stubbs (1724-1806) is known and loved for his anatomically accurate and sensitively realistic portraits of magnificent horses and their supporting cast of dogs and humans. In his own time, the artist’s public image was largely based on his...
Exhibition Friends
June 26, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Friends of the Holburne: A Celebration @ The Holburne Museum
VALUATIONS:  Four experts will offer specialist appraisals of silver, pictures, books and small objects/general antiques.  £2 for the first item, £1 for each further item up to a maximum of 5. BOOK BONANZA:  Sidney Blackmore’s 40th anniversary of fund-raising book...
Collection Exhibition
July 2, 2016 – July 3, 2016 all-day
Take One: Witcombe Cabinet @ The Holburne Museum
Sally Muir Animal Drawing Workshop An exhibition showcasing local school children’s creative responses to the unique Witcombe Cabinet exhibited in the Holburne’s Fletcher Gallery. The children took part in ‘Take One’ – a programme developed by the National Gallery to...
Exhibition Talk
July 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
John Hunter: Dr Jekyll or Dr Dolittle @ The Holburne Museum
Revered and feared in equal measure, John Hunter (1728-93) was the most famous surgeon in 18th-century London as well as the most notorious customer of the body-snatchers. A maverick medical pioneer and inspiring teacher, he was also a tireless naturalist...
Exhibition Talk Tea-time Talk
July 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
George Stubbs and the Menageries @ The Holburne Museum
Caroline Grigson, author of the recently published and highly acclaimed Menagerie, the History of Exotic Animals in England will recount the stories of the various animals imported from overseas, both privately owned and in commercial menageries, which George Stubbs drew...
Exhibition Workshop
July 16, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Animal Drawing @ The Holburne Museum
To celebrate the Stubbs and the Wild exhibition, join artist Sally Muir, and her dog Lily, for a day of discovering how to capture mood and movement when drawing from the live animal. Charcoal and pencils will be provided and...
Exhibition Study Day Talk
July 29, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Stubbs and the Wild Study Afternoon  @ The Holburne Museum
Amina Wright, Senior Curator at the Holburne Museum An introduction to the artist and his animals by Amina Wright, curator of the exhibition. Gaye Blake-Roberts, Curator at the Wedgwood Museum Wedgwood & Stubbs In 1775, George Stubbs contacted Josiah Wedgewood...
Adults Exhibition Music
July 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Holburne Up Lates are an invitation to socialise with friends within the magnificient setting of the Museum. Relax with Friends and a drink in the Garden Café, share some light bites and spill out on our beautiful new Café terrace....
Exhibition
August 6, 2016 – January 2, 2017 all-day
Linda Brothwell: The Missing @ The Holburne Museum
In a new commission On the Table, this pioneer of contemporary British craft skills will create a playground of textures and colours in stone, wood and metalwork in response to the most intricate works in the Holburne Museum’s collection. In...
Adults Exhibition Music
August 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Holburne Up Lates are an invitation to socialise with friends within the magnificient setting of the Museum. Relax with Friends and a drink in the Garden Café, share some light bites and spill out on our beautiful new Café terrace....
Exhibition Workshop
September 10, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Needle Felting Lions @ The Holburne Museum
Inspired by Stubbs’s paintings, learn how to needle felt and create your own wonderful lion or lioness sculpture. Using felting needles and wool fleece, repeatedly pushing the barbed needles into the wool, makes the fibres tangle together and create solid...
Exhibition Workshop
September 30, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Butterfly Metamorphosis @ The Holburne Museum
Butterfly Metamorphosis– An Artistic and Scientific Appreciation This watercolour painting workshop will use art to pay homage to the transformation of larva to butterflies. Cath Hodsman and course participants will discuss how this mysterious process manifests itself, in butterflies and...
Adults Exhibition Music
September 30, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Relax with friends and a drink in the Garden Café, share some light bites and enjoy music in our Café throughout the evening. Explore the Museum after hours to discover both the treasures of our collection and our exhibitions Stubbs...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
September 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stubbs and the Wilderness @ The Holburne Museum
Robin Blake Stubbs was a dogmatic advocate of artists working directly from nature yet he had little or no direct experience of wild landscape. His landscape backgrounds were artificially derived from Old Masters and from what he saw as he...
Adults Exhibition Music
October 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Holburne Up Lates are an invitation to socialise with friends within the magnificient setting of the Museum. Relax with Friends and a drink in the Garden Café, share some light bites and spill out on our beautiful new Café terrace....

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.