Holburne Museum, Bath

Holburne Museum, Bath

Charity information

Holburne Museum, Bath

The Holburne Museum in Bath is one of the UK’s best-loved small museums and has ambitions to become one of Europe's outstanding independent art museums.

Founded 1882

  • Mission statement

    Founded in 1882 as Bath’s first art museum, the Holburne is a treasure house of paintings, portrait miniatures, porcelain, Renaissance bronzes and ceramics, silver, furniture and embroidery and is renowned for its 18th-century British paintings, most notably by Ramsay, Stubbs, Raeburn, Zoffany and, of course, Gainsborough.

    As Bath’s art museum for everyone, we know from experience that engaging with art and culture enriches our lives and has the potential to increase confidence, self-esteem, build skills and change lives.

    Re-opened in May 2011, after an £11. 2million development project that restored its Grade I listed building and constructed a spectacular modern extension, the Holburne welcomes over 160,000 visitors a year.

    The redevelopment has created new dedicated learning and community spaces and is fully accessible throughout for the first time in the building’s history, enabling the Holburne to deliver its inclusive policies more comprehensively.

    “The extension and renovation, designed by Eric Parry, is sensational, an architectural tour de force that stands out – even in this country, where a new museum, renovation or extension seems to open every month. ” ***** Richard Dorment, The Daily Telegraph

    The development has won the 2012 Museums and Heritage Award for the best new permanent exhibition, the Civic Trust Michael Middleton Award 2012, the RIBA 2012 South West Building of the Year, was long-listed for the Art Fund Museum of the Year and RIBA Sterling prize.

  • Aims

    Holburne Museum, Bath aims to:

    • Along with the provision & maintenance of a museum & its collection in Bath, the promotion of education in the arts is a vital element of the Museum’s founding charitable objectives achieved by:
    • being confident, adventurous and innovative.
    • reaching as wide a public as possible by providing a welcoming, intimate experience of the arts for people of all ages and abilities
    • caring for, understanding, enhancing, displaying and interpreting the collection, the building and position in an unrivalled site (in the UK’s only remaining eighteenth century pleasure garden and the
    • staging exhibitions, events and educational activities of outstanding quality and imagination
  • Overview

    Established: January 1882

    Registered Charity Number: 310288

    Board members: 16

    Full time staff: 10

    Part time staff: 12

    Volunteers: 220

    Phone number: 01225 388545

    Address: The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB

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  • Building for the future

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