What’s On

May – November 2018

Exhibition
May 25, 2018 – September 16, 2018 all-day
Prized Possessions Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
The National Trust owns some of the finest paintings in Britain by Dutch masters of the Golden Age. Normally seen in the rooms of country houses, the best of these seventeenth-century paintings will be displayed together in a gallery for...
Exhibition Featured
June 14, 2018 – October 21, 2018 all-day
Bath to Baghdad @ The Holburne Museum
Discover the eclectic collection of art formed by Miss Ellen Tanner following her journey to the Middle East in the 1890s. From sumptuous textiles to delicate carved woodwork and lacquer and elaborately decorated metalwork, this collection is on display for...
Adults Families Music
August 20, 2018 – August 29, 2018 all-day
Colourscape @ The Holburne Museum
Colourscape is a celebration for the senses, an amazing experience of colour, music and light for all ages. 25 interlinked coloured chambers form a labyrinth on the front lawn of the Museum. Put on a cape and immerse yourself in...
Exhibition Music
August 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Enjoy after-hours access to our galleries and garden as we stay open until 9pm on the last Friday in the month. Relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music in the Garden Café throughout the evening....
Exhibition In Conversation Talk
September 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Art of the Dutch Golden Age FULLY BOOKED @ The Holburne Museum
Join the National Trust curators behind Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from the National Trust as they discuss the making of this major international exhibition and share their love for the art of the Dutch Golden Age. £10 (includes entry to...
Adults Workshop
September 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Craft a Bold Beaded Necklace @ The Holburne Museum
Craft your own stylish wooden bead necklace. Learn how to paint a variety of minimalist designs and quirky patterns in bold colours, and choose from a selection of beautiful ribbons and cords to create fastenings.
Exhibition Talk
September 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Journey to Persia: Miss Tanner and her Collection @ The Holburne Museum
Ellen Tanner was among the first Western women to travel solo to the Middle East. Discover the story of Miss Tanner’s travels from her first visit in 1894 to her later gifts of Persian art to the Holburne. This talk...
Adults Featured
September 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Gin Garden @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
Tasting Note Join Great Western Wine at the Holburne Museum for the inaugural Gin Garden! An opportunity to taste and discuss a wide range of exceptional artisanal and batch gins from around Britain showcasing some of the wonderful gins now...
Families
September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am – September 16, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot @ The Holburne Museum
For the opening weekend of the Jane Austen Festival, re-enactment group, His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot, will be camping out on the Holburne’s front lawn. Experience what life would have been like for a soldier living in Austen’s time...
Families Family Workshops Learning
September 15, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Characters in Clay @ The Holburne Museum
A fortnightly workshop (term-time, excluding bank holidays) for aspiring young artists. Expand your skills and discover new techniques, exploring the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with our experienced artists, creating something special to take home. There is also the...
Music
September 16, 2018 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
One Last Song @ The Holburne Museum
One last song – ‘Is not this song worth staying for?’ – Persuasion Rosie Lomas (soprano) At a concert in Bath, eight and a half years after their broken off engagement, Anne Elliot begins to hope against hope that Captain...
Families Family Workshops Learning
September 17, 2018 – December 10, 2018 all-day
Arty Babies (0-9 months)  @ The Gardener's Lodge
ALL CLASSES MUST BE BOOKED. BLOCK BOOKINGS ONLY. TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (17 September -22 October) 6 Weeks, £60 TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (5 November – 10 December) 6 Weeks, £60 TO BOOK BOTH BLOCKS (17 September – 10 December) 12 weeks, excluding 29 October, £120  ...
Families Family Workshops Learning
September 17, 2018 – December 10, 2018 all-day
Monday Yearlings (12-24 months)  @ The Gardener's Lodge | England | United Kingdom
MONDAYS 10.30 AM- 12 NOON Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (MON 17 SEP– MON 22 OCT) 6 WEEKS, £60 TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (MON 5 NOV – MON 10 DEC) 6 WEEKS, £60  FULLY BOOKED  
Families Family Workshops Learning
September 18, 2018 – December 11, 2018 all-day
Tuesday Yearlings (12-24 months)  @ The Gardener's Lodge | North East Somerset | England | United Kingdom
TUESDAYS 10.30 AM- 12 NOON Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (TUES 18 SEP – TUES 23 OCT) 6 WEEKS, £60  TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (TUES 6 NOV – TUES 11 DEC), 6 WEEKS £60  TO BOOK BOTH BLOCKS (TUES 18...
Lunchtime Concert Music
September 18, 2018 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Brightest Day a Cloud @ The Holburne Museum
Strings of Joy (Corde di Gioia) present a recital of Regency instrumental music and Lieder, which explores the element of water. With pieces by Franz Schubert, whose music took inspiration from little splashes in a lake to the tremendous strength...
Families Family Workshops Learning
September 21, 2018 – December 14, 2018 all-day
Afternoon Toddlealongs (2-5 years)  @ The Gardener's Lodge
FRIDAYS 1- 2.30PM Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (FRI 21 SEP – FRI 26 OCT, 6 WEEKS) £60  TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (FRI 9 NOV– FRI 14 DEC, 6 WEEKS) £60  TO BOOK BOTH BLOCKS (FRI 21 SEP – FRI 14 DEC, 12 WEEKS) £120    
Families Family Workshops Learning
September 21, 2018 – December 14, 2018 all-day
Morning Toddlealongs (2-5 Years) FULLY BOOKED @ The Gardener's Lodge | Bath | England | United Kingdom
FRIDAYS 10.30-12 NOON Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (FRI 21 SEP – FRI 26 OCT, 6 WEEKS) £60 FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (FRI 9 NOV– FRI 14 DEC, 6 WEEKS) £60 FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BOTH BLOCKS (FRI 21...
Learning Young People
September 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Art Masterclass (for 11-18yrs) - Tin Art @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
Saturday 22 September, 11am – 4pm Tin Art Masterclass £30 (all materials included) – (maximum 10 places) Explore Middle Eastern patterns and mark making on tin, inspired by the collection and travels of the intrepid Miss Ellen Tanner. Led by...
Adults Cinema Talk
September 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Letters from Baghdad @ The Holburne Museum
In honour of our new display, Bath to Baghdad: A Collection of Persian Art, join us for a screening of Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum’s film, Letters from Baghdad (cert PG), which tells the extraordinary true story of Gertrude Bell...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
September 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Search of Adventure: Female Explorers, Past and Present @ The Holburne Museum
Join explorer Jacki Hill-Murphy as she shares her research into history’s untold stories of the brave women who travelled to remote corners of the world in search of adventure. Jacki will recount her own experiences of walking in these women’s...
Exhibition Music
September 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Immerse yourself in an eclectic programme of pop-up talks, art demos, installations, performances, DJ-sets and cocktails. All Up Lates are specially curated by student talent and arts practitioners from Bath Spa University and the University of Bath. Special Event: Women and...
Families Family Workshops Learning
September 29, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Travels in Textiles FULLY BOOKED @ The Holburne Museum
A fortnightly workshop (term-time, excluding bank holidays) for aspiring young artists. Expand your skills and discover new techniques, exploring the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with our experienced artists, creating something special to take home. There is also the...
Exhibition
October 5, 2018 – January 20, 2019 all-day
Gainsborough and the Theatre
By bringing together some of Thomas Gainsborough’s finest portraits of his friends in the theatre, this exhibition will create a conversation between the leading actors, managers, musicians, playwrights, designers, dancers and critics of the 1760s-80s.  Gainsborough & the Theatre explores...
Families Family Workshops Learning
October 13, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Autumn Inspiration  @ The Gardener's Lodge
A fortnightly workshop (term-time, excluding bank holidays) for aspiring young artists. Expand your skills and discover new techniques, exploring the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with our experienced artists, creating something special to take home. There is also the...
Featured Music
October 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Vive la Différence   @ The Holburne Museum
Join us for a lively evening of song celebrating the musical and poetic traditions of 20th-century Germany, France and Britain. Richard Frewer and David Price will explore the German Lieder tradition through works by Richard Strauss, the romantic Gallic Mélodies...
November 10, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A fortnightly workshop (term-time, excluding bank holidays) for aspiring young artists. Expand your skills and discover new techniques, exploring the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with our experienced artists, creating something special to take home. 10 November Natural Portraits...

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.