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Canaletto: Painting Venice ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 17 - September 5
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Presenting the most important set of paintings of Venice by Canaletto (1697 – 1768), which have left their home at Woburn Abbey - one of world’s most important private art collections - for the first time in more than 70 years. This once in a lifetime exhibition will enable art lovers to enjoy and study up-close twenty-three beautiful paintings, in a fascinating exhibition that also explores Canaletto’s life and work, alongside themes of 18th-century Venice and the Grand Tour. This…

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Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from the Courtauld

May 17 at 10:00 am - August 1 at 5:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Ten remarkable highlights from The Courtauld’s world-class collection of Islamic metalwork, which have rarely left London since their bequest over fifty years ago, are now on display at the Holburne. Dating from the 13th to 16th centuries, these objects are some of the finest examples of this intricate craft from modern-day Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and Turkey. One exceptionally rare piece is The Courtauld Bag, made in Mosul (present-day northern Iraq) in around 1300-1330 for a noble lady of the…

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Nicholas Pope: Portraits of a Marriage

May 17 at 10:00 am - August 30 at 5:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Mr & Mrs Pope Vased and Flowered, Nicholas Pope, 2014 © the artist

In Portraits of a Marriage the Holburne presents, for the very first time, ten sculptures which depict – in characteristically entertaining, abstract but honest form – Nicholas Pope and his wife at different stages of their life together during more than 40 years of marriage. The series began in 1978 with Mr and Mrs Arnolfini and culminated last year (2020) with Mr and Mrs Pope Dead and Buried, which was made in the shadow of the late Janet Pope’s terminal cancer.…

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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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Family Fun Summer Creative Workshops- Wonderful Wedgwood

August 2 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Summer 2021 Creative family fun at the Holburne Museum 2 & 9 August 2021 2 weeks of outdoor creative workshops (Monday-Friday) This Summer we will be offering family friendly creative workshops led by local artists, inspired by the range of unique objects in the museum's collection. MONDAY 2 AUGUST- WONDERFUL WEDGWOOD Learn about Wedgwood’s blue and white Jasperware and how it is made with artist Pip Wynne . Design, decorate and embellish your own impressive versions of these famous ceramics!…

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Family Fun Summer Creative Workshops- Colourful Canals: Make a 3D collage

August 3 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Summer 2021 Creative family fun at the Holburne Museum 2 & 9 August 2021 2 weeks of outdoor creative workshops (Monday-Friday) This Summer we will be offering family friendly creative workshops led by local artists, inspired by the range of unique objects in the museum's collection. TUESDAY 3 AUGUST- Colourful Canals: Make a 3D collage Be inspired by the beautiful Paintings of Canaletto and create your very own 3D canal scene, complete with colourful houses and miniature boats with friends…

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Family Fun Summer Creative Workshops- East Meets West

August 4 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Summer 2021 Creative family fun at the Holburne Museum 2 & 9 August 2021 2 weeks of outdoor creative workshops (Monday-Friday) This Summer we will be offering family friendly creative workshops led by local artists, inspired by the range of unique objects in the museum's collection. WEDNESDAY 4 AUGUST - EAST MEETS WEST Make your own willow light-up lantern inspired by Japanese designs and imaginary animals with artist Maya Wolfe. We'll be taking inspiration from our collection of Imari porcelain…

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Family Fun Summer Creative Workshops- Natures Wire Wonders

August 5 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Summer 2021 Creative family fun at the Holburne Museum 2 & 9 August 2021 2 weeks of outdoor creative workshops (Monday-Friday) This Summer we will be offering family friendly creative workshops led by local artists, inspired by the range of unique objects in the museum's collection. THURSDAY 5 AUGUST - NATURES WIRE WONDERS Explore plant and animal forms in the art and gardens at the Holburne, then design and create your own fantastical 3D artwork inspired by the wonders of…

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Family Fun Summer Creative Workshops- Favourite Faces

August 6 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Summer 2021 Creative family fun at the Holburne Museum 2 & 9 August 2021 2 weeks of outdoor creative workshops (Monday-Friday) This Summer we will be offering family friendly creative workshops led by local artists, inspired by the range of unique objects in the museum's collection. FRIDAY 6 AUGUST - FAVOURITE FACES Taking inspiration from the museum's collection of portrait miniatures, have fun creating a portrait of yourself, your family or even a pet! Explore collage, drawing, painting and using…

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Family Fun Summer Creative Workshops- Go Greek! Emperor for a day

August 9 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Summer 2021 Creative family fun at the Holburne Museum 2 & 9 August 2021 2 weeks of outdoor creative workshops (Monday-Friday) This Summer we will be offering family friendly creative workshops led by local artists, inspired by the range of unique objects in the museum's collection. MONDAY 9 AUGUST - GO GREEK! Emperor for a day Be inspired by Greek and Roman myths and characters hidden in the museum galleries. Create your own Roman wreath and crown yourself Empress/Emperor for…

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Family Fun Summer Creative Workshops- Explorer Extraordinaire

August 10 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Summer 2021 Creative family fun at the Holburne Museum 2 & 9 August 2021 2 weeks of outdoor creative workshops (Monday-Friday) This Summer we will be offering family friendly creative workshops led by local artists, inspired by the range of unique objects in the museum's collection. TUESDAY 10 AUGUST - EXPLORER EXTRAORDINAIRE Be an intrepid explorer and discover something new at the Holburne. Find exotic birds and animals and model your own; make an ancient map of distant lands adding…

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Romeo & Juliet

August 10 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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£11 – £45

The Three Inch Fools take to the road with all manner of musical instruments and an inventive take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet The Fools are dusting off their instruments and stepping back into the great outdoors, with a brand new production of Romeo & Juliet. Prepare for a carnival of passion and imagination, as The Fools present the world’s best-known love story at some of the most beautiful and historic landmarks in the UK. This romantic epic will be…

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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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