Holst Birthplace Museum

Exterior of the Holst Birthplace Museum - a small terraced Regency house built in about 1830.
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The Holst Birthplace Museum aims to celebrate the life and works of Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets. The museum was opened by Holst's daughter Imogen in 1975. Built in 1832, the birthplace is a mid-terrace townhouse of typical Regency style, retaining original nineteenth century features. Special events - Victorian Days, music lectures, children's activities - happen throughout the year. There is a specialist shop for Holst's music on CD.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

mid February to 30 June, 1 Oct to mid Dec: Tues to Sat 10.00 - 16.00, Closed Sun & Mon.
1 July to 30 September: Tues to Sat 10.00 - 17.00, Sun 13.30 - 17.00. Closed Mon.
Open Bank Holidays. Open for the Heritage Open Weekend.

Pre-booked groups can sometimes be accommodated on closed days.

Admission charges

2015
Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £4.50
Family Ticket: £12.00 (2+3)
Child £2.00
under 5 free
Museum Association Members: Free
Art Fund Members: Free

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

Due to the character of the building it is regretted that access is difficult for wheelchair users. There are 3 steps up to the front door and staircases to all floors in the building (basement to second floor). There is no lift but there is a handrail for all stairs except the entrance steps.

Holst's piano, family items and extensive printed archive of photographs and ephemera. Holst's music is played in the Music Room. Also paintings by Fuseli's pupil Theodor von Holst (1810-44). The extensive social history collection of domestic items is displayed in period room settings: Regency drawing room, Victorian bedroom, Edwardian nursery and a working c.1880s basement of kitchen, scullery, larder and servants' rooms.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Key artists and exhibits

  • Gustav Holst's Collard and Collard piano; paintings by Theodor von Holst.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Gustav Holst

Holst Birthplace Museum - New Acquisitions Exhibition - 2015

  • 25 March 2015 — 2 April 2016 *on now

This exhibition showcases the Museum's most recent acquisitions to its collection.
Star items include three original carte-de-visite photographs of Gustav Holst as a child which have never been on display or published before.
Other items include letters to Holst from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Hubert Parry.
There is also a delightful letter from Holst addressed to the new born baby boy of one of his friends.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal museum entry admission applies
Adult £5.00 Concession £4.50 Child £2.00 Under 5 free
Family ticket £12.00

Website

http://www.holstmuseum.org.uk

Miniature museum 2

Miniature Museum of Museums

  • 12 June — 1 September 2015 *on now

Miniature Museum of Museums is produced by Flow Contemporary Arts. The project presents a unique interactive artwork created by Tara Downs and Bart Sabel inspired by the collections of three Gloucestershire Museums.
This is art you are invited to touch and activate and be enchanted by. The layers underneath are many, you can go down as deep as you like, or simply enjoy the experience – the choice is yours.
Tara and Bart have drawn out a connecting thread between the three museums, that of ingenuity. They have responded to the collections of The Holst Museum (Cheltenham); the Museum in the Park (Stroud) and the Waterways Museum (Gloucester) and present their own Miniature Museum of Museums in the form of an interactive desk. The Miniature Museum of Museums invites visitors to explore their intriguing inventions through touch, sound and movement.
Whether the stories presented are fact or fiction is irrelevant, what matters is that people can experience the delight of how creativity is the impetus to all invention. Music, engineering and humble mechanisms are the outcome of curiosity and imagination.
Having visited the Gloucester Waterways Museum and Stroud’s Museum in the Park, the artwork is now in the Holst Birthplace Museum until 1 September

Tues to Saturday 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday 13.30 – 17.00

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal museum entry admission applies
Adult £5.00 Concession £4.50 Child £2.00 Under 5 free
Family ticket £12.00

Website

http://www.holstmuseum.org.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Summer Activities for Children at the Holst Birthplace Museum: Peg Dolls

  • 4 August 2015 10:30am-3pm

Come to the Holst Birthplace Museum every Tuesday of the Summer Holiday and take part in Victorian Pastimes! No need to book - just come along.

4th August: Make your own peg doll, a very popular Victorian toy.

Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
Pittville
Cheltenham
GL52 2AY
01242 524 846

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Up to three children FREE with a paying adult
Adults £5.00
Concessions £4.50

Website

http://www.holstmuseum.org.uk

Summer Activities for Children at the Holst Birthplace Museum: Postcards and Sandcastles

  • 11 August 2015 10:30am-3pm

Come to the Holst Birthplace Museum every Tuesday of the Summer Holiday and take part in Victorian Pastimes! No need to book - just come along.

Tuesday 11th August – Postcards and sandcastles

The Victorians loved the Sea. Come along and play in our Bathtub Sandpit and make a postcard to remember your day.

Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
Pittville
Cheltenham
GL52 2AY
01242 524846

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Up to three children FREE with a paying adult
Adults £5.00
Concessions £4.50

Website

http://www.holstmuseum.org.uk

Summer Activities for Children at the Holst Birthplace Museum: Toy Theatres

  • 18 August 2015 10:30am-3pm

Come to the Holst Birthplace Museum every Tuesday of the Summer Holiday and take part in Victorian Pastimes! No need to book - just come along.

Tuesday 18th August – Toy Theatres

Toy theatres were collected by adults and children during the Victorian times. Make your own with us.

Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
Pittville
Cheltenham
GL52 2AY
01242 524 846

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Up to three children FREE with a paying adult
Adults £5.00
Concessions £4.50

Website

http://www.holstmuseum.org.uk

Summer Activities for Children at the Holst Birthplace Museum: Victorian holiday scrapbooking

  • 25 August 2015 10:30am-3pm

Come to the Holst Birthplace Museum every Tuesday of the Summer Holiday and take part in Victorian Pastimes! No need to book – just come along.

Tuesday 25th August: Victorian Holiday Scrapbooking

Victorian children made scrapbooks to remember things they’d done. Bring along some of your summer holiday photos and make a scrapbook to keep them in.

Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
Pittville
Cheltenham
GL52 2AY
01242 524 846

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Up to three children FREE with a paying adult
Adults £5.00
Concessions £4.50

Website

http://www.holstmuseum.org.uk

Holst's piano

Heritage Open Days: Holst Birthplace Museum

  • 13 September 2015 10:30am-5pm

As part of the national Heritage Open Days event, the Holst Birthplace Museum is offering free guided tours on Sunday 13 September, at 1030, 1130, 1230, 1430 and1530. Pre-booking is essential – contact the museum on 01242-524846.
Normal admission fees will apply to visitors not booked onto the guided tours

The Regency terrace house is where Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets, was born in 1874. The story of the man and his music is told alongside a fascinating display of personal belongings, including his piano. The museum is also a fine period house showing the “upstairs-downstairs” way of life in times past, including a working Victorian kitchen and laundry, elegant Regency drawing room and charming Edwardian nursery. Visitors will be given a guided tour of the museum and afternoon tea will be available in the Victorian Kitchen and basement yard.

Holst Birthplace Museum,
4 Clarence Road
Cheltenham
GL52 2AY

01242 524846
Website - www.holstmuseum.org.uk
email – curator@holstmuseum.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Pre-booked guided tours are free. Normal admission fees will apply to visitors not booked onto the guided tours (Adult £5.00, Concession £4.5,0 Child £2.00, Under 5 free, Family ticket £12.00)

Website

http://www.holstmuseum.org.uk

Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL52 2AY
England

Website

www.holstmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

Curator

curator@holstmuseum.org.uk

Education and events

learning@holstmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01242 524846

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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