The Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum of Art
Great Pulteney Street
Bath BA2 4DB
Tel: 01225 466669

The Holburne Museum of Art was founded to display the art collection of Sir William Holburne, a naval officer who grew up in Bath and spent his long retirement here studying and collecting works of art. It is housed in the Sydney Hotel, created as the centre of an 18th-century pleasure garden in Bath.

The Holburne Museum has a remarkably varied collection of fine and decorative art, mainly dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, and including Sir William’s notable Old Master paintings, Italian maiolica and bronzes, gems, European and English porcelain and silver from England and the Continent.

Since his time, the collection has been further enriched particularly with 18th-century painting and furniture from Ernest Cook’s collection; it is especially strong in portraiture.