Photo by Paolo Ferla

Fashion Museum

Home to a collection of over 100,000 items of clothing, the museum displays pieces spanning the past 400 years

  • Heritage
  • Museums

Situated in the majestic Assembly Rooms is Bath’s world-renowned Fashion Museum. Opened in the early 1960s, the museum displays a remarkable collection from historic Regency gowns to current fashion from leading designers.

The historic rooms are lined with some of the worlds most impressive and notable items of clothing, reminding visitors of the impact that fashion has had on societies for generations. Alongside this the Dress of the Year exhibition allows a leading fashion journalist to choose one ensemble that they think sums up the year - gives an impression of the societal and political changes that have impacted on trends year on year. The oldest ensemble from this part of the collection is a Mary Quant pinafore and shirt, dating back to the museum’s opening in 1963.

The museum shop has a fantastic range of souvenirs, and the Assembly Rooms cafe, with its sunny garden, is the perfect place to pause and refresh. 

Don't miss

The dressing up box is an opportunity to discover what it’s like to wear Regency, Georgian and Victorian fashions. Try on coats and hats, dresses and bonnets - and yes, it's for adults and not just children!

Location

Accessibility

  • Accessible to wheelchair users
  • Disabled parking
  • Discounted/ Complimentary entry for carers
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Facilities for deaf and hard of hearing people
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
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