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
- 17 May 2019 — 16 May 2020 *on now
There are hundreds of fascinating individual stories within the Fashion Museum collection. Collection Stories uncovers some of the hidden narratives that make up the collection.
Each star object on display has been chosen for the story it tells and to represent each area of the Fashion Museum collection stored in the gallery. From shoes and bonnets to lace and wedding dresses, the treasured pieces specially selected for display hint at the astonishing size and depth of the Fashion Museum’s Designated collection of around 100,000 objects.
Exploring them in detail offers an opportunity to discover more about the people who wore them, the people who collected them and what they tell us about the history of fashionable dress.
Each display case is dedicated to a different element of the Fashion Museum’s collection: shawls, stoles and scarves; lace and whitework; bonnets and hats; wedding dresses; underwear; parasols and umbrellas; men’s waistcoats and hats; shoes and boots will all be on show, displayed amongst the storage boxes and acid-free tissues used to preserve them.
The Collection Stories gallery also showcases a special space for regularly changing displays called Fashion Focus.
The first Fashion Focus display is called Little and Large and showcases the Fashion Museum’s enchanting collection of antique “fashion” dolls displayed alongside beautiful life size fashions from the same historical period.
- Any age
Fashion Museum Bath