Great Pulteney Street
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.
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.
Permanent collection free of charge.
Charge for temporary exhibitions.
Stereoscopic Photographs of Picasso
- 22 February — 1 June 2014 *on now
These amazing photographs of Picasso were taken at his request at the height of his fame when he was curious to know how his works would look in 3D. The photographer, Robert Mouzillat, was a celebrated French publisher, brilliant inventor and captivating eccentric who had, with his engineer father, perfected a ground-breaking 3D camera in the 1940s. This collection provides a unique, intimate and vivid record of Picasso at home, in his studio and garden, and at the bullring in Arles, France.
The quality of the photographs is outstanding. They show Picasso with famous friends, family and admirers. These include his son, Paolo, and Jacqueline Rocque whom Picasso married in 1961. Also John Richardson, his official biographer, Jaime Sabartés, Spanish surrealist, Jean Cocteau, French writer and film producer, and similarly well-known people close to Picasso.
People, places and works of art captured and brought to life photographically through the magic of 3D and the unrestrained brilliance of photographer Robert Mouzillat. Altogether a deeply intriguing glimpse into the personal life of the world's most famous artist. These unique images will be displayed on 3D screens.
- Any age
Julian Opie: Collected Works
- 22 May — 14 September 2014
Julian Opie Collected Works continues a series of exhibitions at the Holburne
exploring artists and their collections. One of this country’s most important and
successful contemporary artists this will be Opie’s first one person exhibition in the
UK for over 10 years. Uniquely it will bring together his own works – including new
and unseen works – with pieces from his private art collection and explore the links
and resonances between the two.
The exhibition, which will be shown at the Holburne before travelling to The Bowes Museum, will also include large scale external sculpture in the gardens of the two
museums and be accompanied by a publication including an interview with the artist.
Please check before visiting.
Party in the City: Georgian Fun at the Holburne Museum
- 16 May 2014 6-9pm
The Holburne opens its doors into the evening for the biggest party in Bath. We promise an evening of musical entertainment, fashionable Georgian card games and diverse pastimes.
- Any age
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Each session is £7.50.
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 email@example.com or calling 01225 820829.