OPEN LATER: 10.30am – 5pm

Enter the world of working Bath through a series of authentically reconstructed workplaces, workshops and display galleries. Two thousand years of working life are here to see:
furniture-making, J.B. Bowlers’ ironmongers, a soft drinks factory, even a Bath Stone mine – all on show in our amazing building, a 1777 former ‘Real Tennis’ Court. And we’ve got displays about Stothert & Pitt crane-makers, the Bath Press, and many local trades, shops and businesses.

Opening times

1 April – 31 October
Every day Monday – Sunday
10.30am – 5.00pm Last admission 4.00pm
Novembercontact us
December and January – Closed
February and March – Weekends only
10.30am – 5.00pm Last admission 4.00pm

10 minutes walk from Bath City Centre near Royal Crescent and Victoria Park

Every visitor is offered a free audio guide, and we often do free guided tours as well. There’s a brilliant gift shop with some unusual books and other gifts that you won’t find in other museums. We regularly have children’s activities, working machinery demonstrations, film screenings, talks and other events.

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We love to tell the stories of working people in Bath. The first part of your visit will take you through Bowlers’ factory, workshops and office – you’ll step back in time straightaway when you buy your ticket at his shop counter. Your visit next takes you to the floor above which shows how the city’s workers have served residents and visitors with goods and services since the time of the Romans. And the Hudson Gallery features a changing programme of exhibitions, designed and researched with local people.

Free audio guides • Gift shop • Children’s activities • Events • Talks • Films • Room hire
• Reconstructed workplaces • Demonstrations • Workshops • Display galleries