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“A great museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holburne Museum

Holburne Museum
Great Pulteney St., Bath BA2 4DB, England
44-1225-388588
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Ranked #10 of 136 things to do in Bath
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Owner description: With an impressive collection of fine and decorative art, this newly transformed Museum, with Garden Cafe, is situated in lovely grounds and is set to become Bath's must-see attraction. Open daily, admission free. 10am to 5pm (11am on Sundays)
Kent
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“A great museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We had some time to kill in Bath and came across the Holburne Museum. It consists of a eclectic collection of 4000 items collected Sir Thomas Holburne in the C19th and 2000 items added since the collection was left to the City of Bath. It includes everything from paintings by Gainsborough and Stubbs to porcelain, books, miniatures, Roman relics, coins, clothing and furniture.

The items are well presented, and there is a decent restaurant on site, with seating both inside and outside.

Well worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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banbridge
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“go primarily for the walk and the cafe”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

we walked over in the summer sun through stunning rows of houses and crescents, up to the striking front of the house. We sat waiting for friends in the beautiful modern glass add on at the back drinking coffee and watching the walkers through the gardens. Lovely way to while away an hour or so. the museum itself is quite eccentric in that it reflects the taste of the collector rather than having a single theme. That can make it a bit overwhelming if you try to do it all.
Do go to the section about the family who owned and built the collection and listen to the audio - it's a good scene setter. Thereafter I would recommend you pick one or two areas that interest you and spend a little time looking at the panels and info - don't forget to look at the bottom of the display panels and check if the drawers open.

Visited July 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Fine Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Excellent Art display including special exhibition of modern English paintings. Additionally a gallery of Bath life and its artisitys, p-lus a small but fine ceramic display.

Visited October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Free”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

What a pleasant surprise - free entry (except to the special exhibitions).

This is a very interesting museum, with a good collection of objects and well designed displays. I especially enjoyed the extra items hidden away in drawers. The text panels are clear, well placed, and easy to read, except for a few where the text seemed a little 'greyer' making it harder to read. Perhaps it was the light in that area.

I didn't eat in the cafe, but the view from its windows of the grounds was very nice. Well worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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“Nice place to have a look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

I'm not the biggest fan of art, but this museum had some interesting exhibitions. They had the portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge on display when I was there, and had a "host" in the room, ready for discussion and armed with a book of the artists other works, which was fascinating to see. A lovely museum to look around - I'd allow 30-60 minutes as an average visit time.

Visited October 2013
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