Throughout the year we offer an exciting and diverse programme of workshops and activities designed for children and their families to enjoy.

For first notice of new family events join our Families Newsletter Mailing List. Please email with your prefered contact email to join.

Family Activities Gallery Drawers

Activity Drawers

Discover activity drawers throughout the extension galleries. Spot the fake objects and guess what others are made from; children of all ages love exploring the activity drawers, with magnifying glasses to help where needed.

Space to Make 

Space to Make is a FREE, accessible, creative area located in the heart of the Holburne Museum. The space provides engaging, making-based activities designed for children and families. Inspired by the museum’s latest exhibitions and unique collection, activities are self-led, ideal for budding creatives or mini makers to enjoy!

Available during museum opening hours, located on the museum ground floor.

Activity Trails

We offer activity trails aimed at children and families at different times throughout the year. This could be inspired by a certain new exhibition or special occasion/event.

Please ask at front desk for more information about what’s available at the time of your visit.


Under 18’s go free – for all temporary exhibitions and permanent collection!


Both our male and female toilets have baby-changing facilities.
For the safety of the collections, pushchairs cannot be taken into the galleries but can be left at Reception.
The museum is fully accessible. We have parking for Blue Badge holders and a wheelchair can be booked in advance of your visit.


Our shop is full of creative art inspired purchases for pocket money prices.

Please contact us if you have any questions by phone tel 01225 388569 or by email

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.

Chairs and tables by the glass walls of the Garden Cafe

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. We are happy to supply free drinking water and high chairs and our menu includes kids’ packed lunches.