Holst Birthplace Museum
Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
Education and events
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.
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.
Family Ticket: £12.00 (2+3)
under 5 free
Museum Association Members: Free
Art Fund Members: Free
- Museums Association
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.
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.
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.
- Any age
Normal museum entry admission applies
Adult £5.00 Concession £4.50 Child £2.00 Under 5 free
Family ticket £12.00
Half Term Children’s Activities at the Holst Birthplace Museum Regency Smelly Bags.
- 26 May 2015 10:30am-3pm
Did you know in Regency England people carried smelly bags to cover the revolting stench of their wigs? Come to the Museum and make your own!
Drop-in children’s activity.
NEW! Trails and Activities.
Trails and activities in the Museum. Try out a trail, try on a Victorian costume or a Regency hat.
Adults - £5
Concessions - £4.50
Up to three children FREE with a paying adult