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, children's activities - happen throughout the year. There is a specialist shop for Holst's music on CD.
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: £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.
Make your own Regency-style masks with the Holst Museum
- 30 August 2016 10am-3pm
The Holst Museum may be closed due to flood damage, but its FREE summer activities are continuing in Pittville Park. Come along, have some fun and help the Museum to re-open so that it can continue to inspire future generations! #HelpHolst
Tuesday 30th August: Mask-making! Drop in to Pittville Pump Rooms anytime between 10am and 3pm.
Children will also be able to handle objects from the Museum, play with traditional toys and dress up to take selfies. There will also be staff and volunteers on hand to give you the latest info on the flood, fundraising and restoration. Any donations received will go towards the “Help Holst” appeal.
- Any age
Pittville Pump Rooms
East Approach Drive
Gustav Holst Birthday Concert 2016
- 17 September 2016 7:30-9:30pm
The Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra presents a collaboration with the Holst Birthplace Museum in a programme that provides a rare opportunity to hear Holst’s Double Violin Concerto as well as two of his more familiar orchestral works.
Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin
Holst: St Paul's Suite
Holst: Double Violin Concerto
Holst: Brook Green
Haydn: Symphony No. 99
- Any age
St Andrews Church
Tickets: £17 (adult), £15 (concessions, including Holst Birthplace Trust members), students free if accompanied by a paying adult.
Available in advance from the Holst Birthplace Museum and the Wilson Tourist Information Centre, Cheltenham - or on the door. Holders of tickets purchased in advance will receive a free programme.
Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
Education and events