Holst Birthplace Museum
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, Regency cookery sessions, children's activities - happening throughout the year. There is a specialist shop for Holst's music on CD and other Holst / music / Victorian life-themed gifts.
Museum, Heritage site, Historic house or home
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: £14.00 (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.
The Three Choirs Festival: Centuries Of Social Change Through The Eyes Of Performers. A talk by Alexis Paterson, Chief Executive, Three Choirs Festival
- 18 May 2018 7:30-9:30pm
The Holst Birthplace Museum is delighted to present this fascinating talk about the history of the world-famous Three Choirs Festival. Come along and find out what goes into organising an annual event of this magnitude.
- Any age
Harwood Hall, Christchurch
Tickets: £12 (adults), £10 (Holst Birthplace Trust members), £5 (children / students)
• Holst Birthplace Museum, 4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham GL52 2AY. Tel: 01242-524846
• The Wilson Tourist Information Centre, Cheltenham. Tel: 01242-237431
• Online at www.holstmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/
Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
Education and events