Fashion Museum Bath
The Fashion Museum Bath holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress located in a World Heritage City. The museum was founded by writer and collector Doris Langley Moore as the Museum of Costume, Bath and has been based in Bath’s Grade 1-listed 18th century Assembly Rooms since 1963.
Designated as a collection of outstanding national significance under the scheme administered by Arts Council England, the Fashion Museum is frequently included in ‘Top Ten’ lists of the world’s leading fashion museums.
January - February 10.30 - 16.00
March - October 10.30 - 17.00
November - December 10.30 - 16.00
Exit 1 hour after these times
The Assembly Rooms are free to view when not in use for booked functions. Hours as for Fashion Museum.
Adult single £9.00
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) £29.00
Saver ticket to Fashion Museum, Roman Baths and Victoria Art Gallery is also available.
Family ticket: £55.00
- Museums Association
- National Art Pass
Free audioguide in one of twelve languages
Café in the Assembly Rooms
Gift shop and fashion bookshop
Group discount (20+)
Child carriers and babychanging facilities
Special guided tours and illustrated talks
Fully accessible to wheelchair users
Study facilities need to be booked, see website for details
The Fashion Museum collection ranges from jewel-like pieces of 17th century embroidery to fashions by cutting edge 21st century designers; the museum also houses significant fashion archive collections, as well as prints, drawings and photographs. Highlights of the Fashion Museum collection include the early embroidered gloves on loan from the Glove Collection Trust, the Worth-Paquin Archive from the early 20th century, and the Dress of the Year collection, a contemporary collecting scheme which started in 1963, the year the museum opened in Bath.
The collection is presented on display on the lower ground floor of the Assembly Rooms. In addition, anyone can see any object in the collection for a self-directed study session during a pre-booked appointment at the Fashion Museum Study Facilities. For further details please visit www.fashionmuseum.co.uk
Costume and Textiles, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- Georgian costume
- Victorian costume
- 20th century fashion
- Mary Quant
- John Bates
- Ossie Clark
- Jean Muir
- Bill Gibb
- Georgio Armani
- John Galliano
- Ralph Lauren
- Alexander McQueen
- Donatella Versace
- Alber Elbaz
- Designated Collection
- 3 February 2018 — 28 April 2019 *on now
Wives and daughters, sisters and mothers; none of the Royal women featured in the exhibition was monarch; yet each played a key role in the British monarchy.
Royal Women will be a ‘family tree’ exhibition looking at the clothes worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret. Exhibition highlights include Alexandra, Princess of Wales’ wedding dress, dating from 1863, on loan from the Royal Collection, generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen.
Also on display is an an ensemble of gold and pale green velvet, worn by Queen Mary to the wedding of her granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth. A selection of royal accessories complement the fashions presented in the exhibition.
The fascinating stories behind the dresses and the choice of colour, cut or style can tell us much about Alexandra, Mary, Elizabeth, and Margaret, and how they chose to present themselves as royal women.
Fashion Museum Bath