Holburne Museum
Holburne Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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With an impressive collection of fine and decorative art, this newly transformed Museum, with Garden Cafe, is situated in lovely grounds and is set to become Bath's must-see attraction. Open daily, admission £12.50/£7. 10am to 5pm (11am on Sundays)
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  • Dan_MarthaMildenhall
    327 contributions
    Small but Adequate
    An interesting, somewhat eclectic, collection created by one man. Items are well displayed, some quite imaginatively, with some interaction using pulled out drawers and magnifying glasses. Worth a visit
    Visited January 2023
    Written 16 January 2023
  • Janet D
    Moorhead, Minnesota58 contributions
    The history of the building itself was as interesting as the collections.
    I spent a lovely couple of hours wandering through the eclectic collections of Sir William Holburne and other donors. Formerly the Sydney Hotel built in 1794, the grandeur of the building befitted the repurposing of it as a museum. The garden cafe and grounds were amazing as well. An oasis of quiet and grace in a busy city.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 20 May 2023
  • Laura H
    El Dorado Hills, California430 contributions
    Collection of Fine & Decorative Art
    The Holburne Museum in Bath is a place worth visiting. It houses the private collection of sir William Thomas Holburne. It’s not a huge museum, but it’s packed with decorative and fine art. During our visit, there was also an interesting show of contemporary art. On the beautiful grounds outside of the museum, a chorus of costumed singers preformed under a huge oak tree. It was quite beautiful.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Steph
    West Sussex, United Kingdom352 contributions
    A collection of paintings by some talented artists
    Decided to visit after it popped up on a ‘things to do in Bath’ article. It houses the private collection of William Holburne. I’d never heard of him so had no idea what I was going to see. The collection of paintings featured show paintings of theatre actors which was great, then a load of men who got their riches from the slave trade…. Which made me feel uncomfortable I’d paid to see that! Not keen on seeing paintings of rich, smug slave traders and their wives who look sad and dead between the eyes! The other collection featured portraits of kings and other senior members of society…. Many of whom took teenage brides…. Another bunch of people I don’t feel the need to celebrate! The artists however, were very talented and some of the pictures even looked 3D they were so real looking!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • M3Traveller
    Manchester, United Kingdom146 contributions
    Worth a visit - but smaller than you think !
    A beautiful building and some great works of art - a few impressive Gainsborough’s were a treat. It’s a little on the smaller side than I thought, but brilliantly laid out and informative signage. The collection of Holbourne himself was very interesting. A must for this who like old masters and curiosities.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Nat M
    1 contribution
    Wonderful but I used to like it better
    This is a fantastic museum. Just the architecture and the cafe are worth going. But I think I can recall going for free in 2016 and now it has a steep price but the exhibitions are less adventurous or surprising than the used to be. Volunteers and everyone were excellent. When they suggested that I donate part of the price of the ticket, it was not as a gift-aid, so it feels like it has changed since the pandemic for one or other reason. It might be that the times have made it change. Still worth it, though. Just a bit steep and no unexpected wonder.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 September 2023
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dvdgurr04
Pevensey, UK378 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
I wish I had come here before, when I was at uni in Bath. Apart from the amazing Holburne collection, there was a lovely exhibition by Lucy Rie, the potter. Loved the visit.
Written 10 October 2023
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Nat M
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Family
This is a fantastic museum. Just the architecture and the cafe are worth going. But I think I can recall going for free in 2016 and now it has a steep price but the exhibitions are less adventurous or surprising than the used to be. Volunteers and everyone were excellent. When they suggested that I donate part of the price of the ticket, it was not as a gift-aid, so it feels like it has changed since the pandemic for one or other reason. It might be that the times have made it change. Still worth it, though. Just a bit steep and no unexpected wonder.
Written 30 September 2023
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Anne M
Kemnay, UK179 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Have visited the museum before but this time only popped into the cafe for a coffee and snack. It was inordinately busy and so the service was slow . But when it arrived the coffee was very good and the vegan sausage roll very tasty
Written 6 August 2023
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M3Traveller
Manchester, UK146 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A beautiful building and some great works of art - a few impressive Gainsborough’s were a treat. It’s a little on the smaller side than I thought, but brilliantly laid out and informative signage. The collection of Holbourne himself was very interesting. A must for this who like old masters and curiosities.
Written 5 August 2023
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Steph
West Sussex, UK352 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Decided to visit after it popped up on a ‘things to do in Bath’ article.

It houses the private collection of William Holburne. I’d never heard of him so had no idea what I was going to see.

The collection of paintings featured show paintings of theatre actors which was great, then a load of men who got their riches from the slave trade…. Which made me feel uncomfortable I’d paid to see that! Not keen on seeing paintings of rich, smug slave traders and their wives who look sad and dead between the eyes!

The other collection featured portraits of kings and other senior members of society…. Many of whom took teenage brides…. Another bunch of people I don’t feel the need to celebrate!

The artists however, were very talented and some of the pictures even looked 3D they were so real looking!
Written 23 July 2023
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Laura H
El Dorado Hills, CA430 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
The Holburne Museum in Bath is a place worth visiting. It houses the private collection of sir William Thomas Holburne. It’s not a huge museum, but it’s packed with decorative and fine art. During our visit, there was also an interesting show of contemporary art. On the beautiful grounds outside of the museum, a chorus of costumed singers preformed under a huge oak tree. It was quite beautiful.
Written 1 July 2023
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Suzanne T
21 contributions
Jun 2023
Excellent and worth the trip - this is a museum at the end of Great Pulteney Street in Sydney Gardens. Holburne was a really rich guy - sorry family wealth from slave labor in the Caribbean - and he collected so many lovely and interesting items. We were here for the Marriage Portraits exhibit which was excellent.
Main museum has some significant works including Gainsborough and Bruegel.
We are so glad we took Walking Tour guide's recommendation to come visit.
Written 21 June 2023
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alanthenomad
Pershore, UK15 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
A walk around Sydney Gardens followed by a visit to the cafe of this museum is a lovely combination. Very relaxing venue with some nice exhibits too.
Written 12 June 2023
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helen5634
Greater London, UK6 contributions
May 2023
The gardens are beautiful and peaceful, did not go in the museum just walked around the gardens. I will visit the museum the next time I am in Bath,
Written 3 June 2023
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Janet D
Moorhead, MN58 contributions
May 2023
I spent a lovely couple of hours wandering through the eclectic collections of Sir William Holburne and other donors. Formerly the Sydney Hotel built in 1794, the grandeur of the building befitted the repurposing of it as a museum. The garden cafe and grounds were amazing as well. An oasis of quiet and grace in a busy city.
Written 20 May 2023
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