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Holburne Museum, Bath

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 750+ 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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  • I was disappointed. The collection is kind of quirky and not really very impressive over all. The cafe and gardens were very nice. 
  • The Holburne Museum - was quite a surprise. Formerly a hotel but the museum has excellent exhibits especially its paintings! I think the collection there are at least 5 or 6 Gainsburough paintings, as...  read more »
  • We spent an informative morning looking round this museum. I enjoyed the various paintings showing people & life from previous centuries. Our visit was nicely rounded off by refreshments in the cafe. 
  • What an amazing place. Living local I have passed by a million times without giving much thought. Behind the museum backing onto Sydney Gardens is an amazing cafe with outside seating. Well worth a visit!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Once you're done with the exhibitions, grab a coffee in the cafe downstairs. They've got nice views of the garden.
  • Superb small museum - good way to spend an afternoon in Bath, good mix of historic and contemporary exhibits
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