Museum of East Asian Art

Museum of East Asian Art
12 Bennett Street




01225 464640


01225 461718

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The Museum of East Asian Art located in the heart of Georgian Bath offers visitors of all ages a wonderful insight into the art and culture of China and East Asia. This unique museum houses a fine collection of ceramics, jades, bronzes and much more from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. The objects range in date from c5000 BC to the present day and reveal the finest achievements in East Asian craftsmanship. As well as the permanent collection, there is an exhibitions and events programme which includes guided tours, handling sessions and workshops. The Museum offers a family area which has a colourful information board, and lots of ever-changing hands-on activities relating to both the permanent and temporary exhibitions. In the Museum Shop visitors will find an extensive range of cards, gifts and books, all on an oriental theme, including stunning lacquerware bowls, fabulous silky bags and an array of colourful decorations. The Museum is centrally located just five minutes from the Royal Crescent, between the Circus and the Assembly Rooms, and is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays from 12noon to 5pm. For more information about the Museum or about forthcoming exhibitions and events call 01225 464640.

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Opening hours

All year round:
Tue-Sat: 10.00-17.00
Sun 12.00-17.00

Closed Mondays (except most Bank Holidays)
Closed over the Christmas and New Year period - please contact Museum for exact dates.

Admission charges

Admission charges from 1st October 2008

Adults: £5.00
Senior Citizens: £4.00
Students: £3.50
Family (2 adults & 2 children under 18): £12.00
Children (aged 6-12): £2.00
Children (under 6): FREE


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The Museum was founded in 1990 by Brian McElney OBE. Brian spent his entire working life practising law in Hong Kong and it was during this time that he began to be drawn to the beauty of Chinese art. In 1958 he bought his first piece, an ivory goat and kid, and Brian’s collection grew substantially during the 1960s and 1970s to include jades, ceramics, scholar’s studio objects and bronzes. After his retirement from law in 1983, Brian returned to England and generously donated his private collection to the museum which he had formed as a UK educational charity.

Since opening to the public in April 1993, the Museum has gone from strength to strength, and has become one of the most extensive collections of East Asian art outside London. With a collection of almost 2,000 objects, ranging in date from c.5000 BC to the present day, the Museum offers its visitors a wonderful insight into the art and culture from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. With one of the most comprehensive jade collections in the UK and some of the finest bamboo carvings in Europe, the collection uncovers the finest achievements in East Asian craftsmanship.

Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History, World Cultures