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Unfinished Portrait of Arthur Atherley (1772–1844)

Thomas Lawrence Coming of Age

May 31, 2021 - May 31, 2022
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Online Exhibition Now Open! The exhibition Thomas Lawrence: Coming of Age is the Holburne Museum's first virtual show and gives fresh insight into the first twenty-five years of one of Britain’s greatest portrait painters it includes an introductory film and rarely seen images together with some of his most celebrated works. Through a selection of twenty-five paintings and drawings, the exhibition will consider Lawrence's self-image as a prodigy, the impact of Bath’s artistic, cultural and commercial life on the young…

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Sunil Gupta: The New Pre-Raphaelites

September 24, 2021 - January 19, 2022
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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To accompany its major new exhibition of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s portraits, the Holburne is proud to announce a display of photographs by Sunil Gupta that explore the legacy of the Pre-Raphaelites and their influence on contemporary art. You can book in advance here, or you can also just purchase tickets on arrival at the Museum. In 2008, London-based artist and photographer Sunil Gupta (b.1953, New Delhi) was commissioned by Autograph gallery in London, to produce a body of work connected…

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Mick Peter: Old Ghosts

January 14 - May 15
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Old Ghosts  is an exhibition of new work by Glasgow-based artist, Mick Peter. Old Ghosts takes a wry and affectionate look at the idea of history as an industry. In several surprising interventions, inside and outside the Holburne Museum, visitors will encounter amusing tableaux which appear to be cartoons that have come to life. You can book in advance here, or you can also just purchase tickets on arrival at the Museum. Old Ghosts creates a narrative trail through the…

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People Make Museums

January 27 - May 2
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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People Make Museums is a celebration of creativity and the importance of people in museums. People bring stories, memories, lived experience and ways of seeing which constantly reinvigorate and challenge museums and their collections. It is people that make museums relevant. You can book in advance here, or you can also just purchase tickets on arrival at the Museum. The sculptures in this exhibition aim to capture some of these complex, personal moments of connection; the fleeting conversations, sudden revelations, unspoken…

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Queen Elizabeth I by Unknown English artist, circa 1588 © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Tudors: Passion, Power & Politics

January 28 - May 8
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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In our opening exhibition of 2022, The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics, you will come face-to-face with the five Tudor monarchs - Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I - who, to this day, remain some of the most familiar figures in English history; not least because these instantly recognisable portraits have preserved their likenesses for five centuries. You can book in advance here, or you can also just purchase tickets on arrival at the Museum.…

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Free Family Trail – Inspired by Mick Peter!

February 19 - February 20
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Trails are available every weekend and school holiday from 19 February - 15 May 2022.  Explore the museum in a new and playful way with our free family trail, inspired by our current exhibition Mick Peter: Old Ghosts.  Collect your trail for free from the museum front desk and get creative!  

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Arty Fun for Families – Mick Peter Drop-in

February 22 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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A morning of FREE creative activities - open to all! No need to book just drop-in and get making.  Join us for a morning of creative family fun inspired by our exciting contemporary exhibition- Mick Peter: Old Ghosts. Be inspired by one of our creative facilitators - on hand to share ideas and get you feeling arty as you make your own Mick Peter masterpiece. Tuesday 22nd February - Running 10am-1pm in the Clore Learning Room (ask front desk where to…

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Arty Fun for Families – Mick Peter Drop-in

February 24 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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A morning of FREE creative activities - open to all! No need to book just drop-in and get making.  Join us for a morning of creative family fun inspired by our exciting contemporary exhibition- Mick Peter: Old Ghosts. Be inspired by one of our creative facilitators - on hand to share ideas and get you feeling arty as you make your own Mick Peter masterpiece. Thursday 24th February - Running 10am-1pm in the Clore Learning Room (ask front desk where to…

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Family Takeover Day – Inspired by Mick Peter

April 23
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Join us for a special day at The Holburne Museum especially for families in celebration of our new exhibition Mick Peter: Old Ghosts. No need to book- just come in on the day! On Saturday 23rd April enjoy:- Free entry to the museum for all families! Explore the museum and gardens with a free Mick Peter family trail - collect from the museum front desk. Free family creative drop-ins . Enjoy making and playing in our sessions led by our…

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Piano performance

Mozart Recital

July 1 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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The Schantz fortepiano, acquired in 1983, is one of the highlights of the Holburne’s collection. It was made in Vienna around 1795, and is exceptionally rare, only four such instruments have survived. We have invited the internationally respected keyboard artist Nathaniel Mander, to play the Schantz for us this summer - he has chosen to play some of Mozarts most appealing and enchanting sonatas and variations. This is a rare opportunity to hear the fortepiano come to life, with an…

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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.

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.

Chairs and tables by the glass walls of the Garden Cafe
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