The Holburne Museum

Great Pulteney Street, Bathwick, Bath, BA2 4DB
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The Holburne Museum
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The Holburne Museum’s mission statement is 'Changing Lives through Art', signalling its commitment to opening up the enjoyment of art to people of all ages and from every walk of life. The Holburne was founded in 1882 with the gift of Sir William Holburne’s collection of 16th and 17th century Italian and Dutch paintings, silver, sculpture, furniture, porcelain and diverse objets d’art of national and international significance. That founding gift has been augmented with a collection of 18th century paintings by such artists as Gainsborough, Lawrence, Ramsay, Stubbs and Zoffany. Set within the historic Sydney Pleasure Gardens, the Museum reopened in May 2011 after ambitious renovations and with a new, award-winning extension by Eric Parry Architects. The Holburne has since secured a national reputation as an outstanding museum which holds critically acclaimed exhibitions. Its programme of exhibitions, commissions and events sets out to bring to Bath great art of all periods and from around the world, seeking to set the art of the past in dialogue with contemporary practice in exciting and dynamic new ways.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Art Fund/ NUS card holders/ 19-25 year olds - Concession£5.50 per person per day
Full Price - Adult£11.00 per person per day
Groups (10+) - Ticket£10.00 per person per day

Free admission from 3 to 5pm every Wednesday afternoon and from 5 to 9pm the last Friday in the month.
Free for 18 and under, friends and patrons of the Holburne, staff and students from the University of Bath and Bath Spa University and adult accompanying a disabled visitor.
The Shop, Garden and Cafe are free to enter.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From M4 junction 18 take A46 then A4 towards Bath. Once on the A4 turn left at third major set of traffic lights towards the A36, then at the lights at the end of the road turn right on to the A36 towards Bristol. The museum is a short distance on the left.

Public Transport Directions

No 18 bus from Bus Station/City Centre to Great Pulteney Street.



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Level access, ramp or lift to a public toilet
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Restaurant

Children & Infants

  • Cot Available

Establishment Features

  • Event venue
  • Gift shop

Key Features

  • Film or TV location

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On Bus Route

Opening Times

2022 Opening (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00*
Sunday11:00 - 17:00*

* (Museum is closed 24-26 December 2020 and 1 January 2020)

There’s an admission charge to visit the Holburne’s collection, displays and exhibitions on the first and second floor galleries.

- Full Price £11 (£12.50 includes a £1.50 Gift Aid donation).
- Concessions Art Fund | NUS card holders | 19 to 25 year olds £5.50 (£7 includes a £1.50 Gift Aid donation).
- Groups 10+ £10 (£11.50 includes a £1.50 Gift Aid donation).
- FREE admission from 3 to 5pm every Wednesday afternoon and from 5 to 9pm the last Friday in the month.
- FREE for 18 and under | Friends and Patrons of the Holburne | Staff and Students from the University of Bath and Bath Spa University | Adult accompanying a disabled visitor.

The Shop, Garden and Cafe are free to enter.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change



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