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Holburne Museum, Bath

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The collection of Sir William Holburne is housed in Holburne Museum, also the city's first public art gallery. The collection includes works by Gainsborough, Stubbs, Zoffany, and Guardi, as well as decorative arts. The building is the former Sydney Hotel, constructed to serve guests of the Sydney Gardens, the only remaining pleasure gardens in England. Check the museum calendar of events for music, lectures, and creative workshops. Relax at the end of your visit in the cafe and bookshop. Plan to visit Holburne Museum during your Bath vacation using our convenient Bath trip planner .
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  • For a private collection, the museum was well organised and appealing. There were several interactive activities which made a potentially boring exhibition more fun and interesting. There is a coffee ...  more »
  • we were staying close by in Great Pulteney Street, so it was a bit of a no-brainer to visit this place. It was well worth it, the temporary exhibition was interesting and the permanent displays were V...  more »
  • This is wonderful museum and worthy of a visit for all ages.highly recommend Had lunch there today prior to a visit Sadly I think the cafe is grossly overpriced for what it offers. Very off putting fo...  more »
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  • My favourite small gallery. Housed in one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Permanent collection is a must for lovers of Gainsborough and contemporaries. Currently showing a splendid exhibition in the modern extension to the rear, excellent. Cafe is worth a trip on its own, being in a modern glass extension where you are surrounded by the gardens. Great place
  • Great museum in a lovely house, with small garden behind (although there is also a large park area directly behind garden too). Range of interesting paintings, ceramics and other exhibits. Only complaint is that it's not a larger museum!
  • The building itself - old and new parts - and grounds are beautiful. However the permanent collection is pretty dull to anyone without a serious interest in techniques, and I wouldn't bring kids here unless there's a specific exhibition aimed at children. The cafe is really nice but posh. And expensive. And if your kid wants an ice lolly, you're out of luck - it's posh ice cream or nothing!
  • Wonderful helpful staff. Some extraordinary items, Paintings,ceramics,needlwork,minerals,mimiatures. Not too overpowering-a nice scale. We liked the hidden pianist, the views of Bath and the gardens -it was a fine day...and those scones!!
  • Spectacular gallery / museum, wonderful pieces and curation with some truly interesting features. Well worth a visit and the walk from the city centre.

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