Exhibitions

October 2018 – January 2019

Exhibition Featured
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
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 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
For one night only, immerse yourself in the colourful world of the Sydney Hotel, the Holburne’s original manifestation in the late 1700s* and experience an eclectic mix of live music, dance and card games in our galleries. Sample gin cocktails...
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.

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.