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Holburne Museum, Bath

(4.3/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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. A visit to Holburne Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Bath itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This small museum is a must when visiting Bath. The collection is small but tastefully displayed in the most exquisiste house, which started life as the Sydney Hotel. In addition to the permanent coll...  more »
  • The coffee shop/ eatery is atractive but the service is totslly disorganised and chaotic. But the Brueghel Exhibtion although small is very good. 
  • Recently refurbished, this pint sized museum has free access to its permanent collections. The number of items on display is not great, but means it feels more manageable and you spend more time on ea...  more »
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  • Nice art museum with wonderful classical paintings of Bath artists and other decorative cutlery for good measure. It is not as huge as the National Gallery in London but it is free after all and worth making a humble donation if you love traditional fine portraits.
  • Always interesting and worth a visit. Free entrance. Great cafe.
  • A rare architectural treat. Hidden from the street lies a beautiful modern Eric Parry extension to the rear, allowing the museum to spill out in to and connect with the calm and tranquility of Sydney Gardens. Take a picnic and enjoy a stroll.
  • Nice Museum with lovely garden. Was smaller museum than expected, but it still had a good range of collections. I was able to fulfil an ambition to see some of George Stubbs work so that was nice. But in my opinion the Stubbs exhibition was a tad overpriced for the limited number of works on display.
  • Really enjoyed this little museum. A wealth of exhibits for a place this size. Loved it and hope that they keep up the good work.