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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. 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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  • August 21, 2017
    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 »
  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • August 14, 2017
    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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  • Nice gallery with varied and interesting exhibits. Great little cafe with nice outside space, an oasis when Bath gets too busy.
  • Great smallish museum in Bath. Nice paintings and artifacts from 18th and 19th centuries. Very friendly and informative staff. Nice modern café, toilets, gift shop, outside seating and free entry. Pay and display carpark. Concerts and workshops throughout the year.
  • Small and cozy. Great park behind. Cafe with the terrace.
  • Lovely mix of art, sculpture and historical furniture, with impressive visiting exhibitions of both modern and historical artists. Visit the cafe for a cream tea to enjoy the well-married modern extension. Also a must for architectural fundi's who enjoy Bath buildings.
  • Great Museum just outside of the main town area. Free entry to the main collection with a charge for any visiting exhibits. Lovely cafe downstairs. Great examples of traditional oil on canvas work and various displays of porcelain, silver and bronze work. There was a scattering of work by Djorde Ozbolt depicting the artists versions of numerous pieces from the main collection

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