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.
5 February to 31 May, 2 Sep to 14 Dec: Tues to Sat 10.00 - 16.00, Closed Sun & Mon.
1 June to 31 August: Tues to Sat 10.00 - 17.00, Sun 13.30 - 17.0. Closed Mon.
Open Bank Holidays. Open for the Heritage Open Weekend.
Pre-booked groups can sometimes be accommodated on closed days.
Family Ticket: £10.00 (2+3)
School visit - children: £1.00
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.
Amongst Women: The Women in Holst’s Life
Exploring the lives of different women in Gustav Holst’s life, including his mother Clara Lediard, his wife Isobel and daughter Imogen, and his friends and colleagues such as Vally Lasker.
The Holst Discovery Space: Ten Treasures from the Archive
Discover some treasures from the archive.