November 2017 – February 2018

Collection Talk
November 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Director’s Choice: Ramsay's Rosamund Sargent @ The Holburne Museum
In his first lecture as Director of the Holburne Museum, Chris Stephens handpicks one of his favourites from the collection: Allan Ramsay’s portrait of Rosamund Sargent (1749). Join Chris as he considers why the work of an eighteenth-century Scottish portraitist,...
Exhibition Talk
November 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Optical Conscious: Bridget Riley’s Op Art  @ The Holburne Museum
The Optical Conscious: Bridget Riley’s Op Art from an Historical Perspective In the 1960s Bridget Riley was recognised as producing some of the most varied, serious and interesting Op Art paintings. Yet her work also attracted considerable controversy and some...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
January 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Is Seeing Believing?  @ The Holburne Museum
Is Seeing Believing? The Psychology and Neuroscience of Illusion in Art Children love perceptual illusions. Of course scientists and artists do too. Why do many adults grow out of this fascination with illusions? One reason might be that illusions are...
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 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, before it closes on 25 February. Join Michael over a drink from our pop-up bar 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.