Exhibitions

June 2018 – January 2019

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...
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...
Adults 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...
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...
Exhibition Lunchtime Talk Talk
October 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Naturalism and Nationalism @ The Holburne Museum
Explore Gainsborough’s remarkable portraits of theatrical men and women in this engaging talk with curator Sue Sloman. Discover the hidden patriotic undercurrents in these works and learn about how the naturalism of Gainsborough’s way of painting, and Garrick’s style of...
Exhibition Music
October 26, 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: Theatre Revisited...
Exhibition
November 2, 2018 – January 27, 2019 all-day
Rodin rethinking the fragment @ The Holburne Museum
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was a collector and lover of the antique, and his sculpture was influenced by his admiration for classical art. Alongside works from the British Museum and the Holburne’s own collection, this display will show The Thinker alongside...
Exhibition
November 2, 2018 – January 27, 2019 all-day
Visiting Masterpiece by Hockney @ The Holburne Museum
One of the nation’s most loved paintings, Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy is also one of the great portraits of British art. The image speaks powerfully to the eighteenth-century conversation pieces in the Holburne’s own collection as well as...
Exhibition Workshop
November 3, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Mirror Mirror @ The Holburne Museum
Enjoy a rigorous portrait-drawing class with renowned artist, Saied Dai. Inspired by Gainsborough & the Theatre this workshop is designed for those looking to establish a firm and intelligent foundation in drawing for a lifetime of creative practice. View Gainsborough’s...
Evening Lecture Exhibition Talk
November 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rendez-vous with Rodin @ The Holburne Museum
Enjoy two talks for the price of one as we celebrate our exciting new display, Rodin: Rethinking the Fragment. Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker: Revolutionizing Modern Art It is hard to believe that Rodin’s most famous sculpture,The Thinker, began life as...
Exhibition Music
November 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thomas Gainsborough’s Musical Friends @ The Holburne Museum
Join Capella as they explore the musical world of Thomas Gainsborough. Famed for his portraits, Gainsborough was also a keen amateur musician and played the viola da gamba. In this illustrated concert, hear Capella perform pieces by Gainsborough’s musical friends...
Exhibition Workshop
November 17, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
The Inner Life of Stone @ The Holburne Museum
Taking a lead from a poem by Rilke (who was Rodin’s assistant and mentee) this creative workshop will look, listen and experiment with ways in which sculpture can ‘speak to’ writers. We will be informed and stimulated by a fine...
Adults Exhibition Featured
November 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
A  Very Georgian Soirée @ The Holburne Museum
Party like its 1799! Experience a night of Georgian revelry, gossip and scandal as we transport the Holburne Museum back to its Georgian roots. For one night only, immerse yourself in the colourful world of the Sydney Hotel – the...
Exhibition Lunchtime Talk Talk
November 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy  @ The Holburne Museum
Holburne Director Chris Stephens, co-curator of last year’s record-breaking Hockney retrospective at Tate, will discuss the visiting masterpiece Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy by Hockney in relation to the rest of the artist’s career and to its position in...
Exhibition Music
November 30, 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: Textile Treasures...
Exhibition Film
December 1, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A Bigger Splash  @ The Holburne Museum
Join us for a screening of Jack Hazan’s ground-breaking 1974 biopic of David Hockney (cert 18). Taking its title from Hockney’s most famous Californian swimming pool painting, this film tells the story of how Hockney was left struggling to paint...
Exhibition Music
January 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mr Gainsborough the music enthusiast of Bath @ The Holburne Museum
This concert explores the music world that Thomas Gainsborough experienced during his Bath years (1759-74). Gainsborough was fascinated not only by musicians but also by their instruments – often acquiring their instruments under the mistaken belief that he would be...
Exhibition Workshop
January 19, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sculpting the Body @ The Holburne Museum
Join artist Sue Larner for an exciting clay-sculpting workshop inspired by our display, Rodin: rethinking the fragment. Working from a life model, discover how to sculpt a bodily fragment or figural form in the round and learn key techniques for...
Exhibition Music
January 25, 2019 @ 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.

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.