Holburne Museum

Holburne Museum
Great Pulteney Street
Bath
Somerset
BA2 4DB
England

Website

www.holburne.org

E-mail

holburne@bath.ac.uk

Telephone

01225 388569

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A photo of the outside of an impressive Georgian building
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This jewel in Bath's crown was once the Georgian Sydney Hotel, whose glittering society Jane Austen watched from her house opposite. It displays the treasures collected by Sir William Holburne: superb English and continental silver, porcelain, maiolica, glass and Renaissance bronzes.

The Picture Gallery contains works by Turner, Guardi, Stubbs and others plus portraits of Bath society by Thomas Gainsborough.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

We are open free of charge every day. Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm. Closed 24 to 26 December and 1 January.

Admission charges

Permanent collection free of charge.
Charge for temporary exhibitions.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
caricature of "convex" man and "concave" woman

High Spirits

  • 27 September 2014 — 8 February 2015 *on now

Portly squires and young dandies - Jane Austenesque heroines and their gruesome chaperones - dashing young officers and corrupt politicians.

The absurdities of fashion, the perils of love, political machinations and royal intrigue were the daily subject matter of Thomas Rowlandson(1757-1827), one of the leading caricaturists of Georgian Britain.

Rowlandson's incisive and enduringly popular caricatures are celebrated in an exhibition from Royal Collection Trust. This will bring together some of the artist's finest prints and drawings from the important collection of his work, held in the Royal Collection.

Admission

£7.95 to include audio guide

Website

http://www.holburne.org/high-spirits-2/

Turner: Watercolours from the West

  • 10 January — 8 March 2015 *on now

This exhibition brings together watercolours by JMW Turner from five important art collections: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the Holburne Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, The Wilson in Cheltenham and a private collection in Somerset.

Early works from 1791 to 1793, when Turner spent time in Bristol, are contrasted with later landscapes from the artist's travels round Britain and the Continent.

Sponsored by Arts Council England - Frameworks Project

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.holburne.org/turner-watercolours-from-the-west/

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Art Club

http://www.bath.ac.uk/holburne/learning/art-club.html

Take part in The Holburne Museum of Art's Saturday morning workshops for children aged 7-11 years. Sessions run 10.30-12.30 or 13.00-15.00. Each month's art and craft activities take a seasonal theme to explore a rull range of art mediums.

How to obtain

Booking is essential. Contact Sue Puntis on 01225 820829 or s.puntis@bath.ac.uk. Each session is £7.50.

Toddlealongs

http://www.bath.ac.uk/holburne/learning/toddlealongs.html

Creative workshops once a fortnight for pre-school children and their adult to explore singing, storytelling, making things and being together. Babies welcome but one-to-one experience essential, so other siblings must be looked after elsewhere. Sessions take place on Mondays and Fridays alternately, with one session every fortnight at 10.30-12.00 or 13.00-14.30. Check the website for a comprehensive calendar of Toddlealong events.

How to obtain

Booking in advance is essential and can be done by contacting Sue Puntis on s.puntis@bath.ac.uk or calling 01225 820829.

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