Holburne Museum

Holburne Museum


Located in a Grade I listed building in Sydney Pleasure Gardens, Bath, Somerset. The Holburne Museum is the city's first public art gallery and is home to fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne.

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    HOLBURNE MUSEUM

    The Holburne Museum, previously known as the Holburne of Menstrie Museum and the Holburne Museum of Art is a Grade I listed building in Sydney Pleasure Gardens, Bath, Somerset. The Holburne Museum is the city's first public art gallery and is home to fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne. Artists in the collection include Gainsborough, Guardi, Stubbs, Ramsay and Zoffany. 

    The museum also provides a programme of temporary exhibitions, music performances, creative workshops, family events, talks and lectures. There is a bookshop and a café that opens out onto Sydney Gardens. The museum reopened in May 2011 after restoration and an extension designed by Eric Parry Architects, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    THE HOLBURNE MUSEUM

    Set in a beautiful Grade I listed building, The Holburne Museum is Baths first public art gallery. It is home to fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne. The heart of the present day Collection was formed by Sir Thomas William Holburne (1793-1874).

    Thomas William (known as William) first pursued a naval career. He inherited the Baronetcy in 1820 following the death of his elder brother, Francis, at the Battle of Bayonne in 1814. In 1882 this collection of over 4,000 objects, pictures and books was bequeathed to the people of Bath by Holburne’s sister, Mary Anne Barbara Holburne. One of The Holburne museums main purposes is to preserve the things that have been entrusted in their care.

    YOUR HOLBURNE EXPERIENCE

    To really enhance your Holburne musueum experience, enjoy a privately guided tour of the Holburne Museum with an expert guide. After your visit to the museum, visit the Garden café for a delicious coffee, cup of tea and a wonderfully British Scone with clotted cream and jam. The café is filled with natural light, opens onto the historic Sydney Gardens.

    While you are visiting the museum, be sure to spend a day visiting the city of Bath and all it has to offer.