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Museum of East Asian Art

The Museum and Its Collection

The Museum of East Asian Art was founded in 1993 as the result of the vision of Brian McElney OBE, a retired solicitor who practised in Hong Kong for over 35 years. Pieces collected by Mr McElney formed the basis of the collection and today visitors will find ceramics from all the countries of East Asia, bamboo carvings and one of the most comprehensive Chinese jade collections in the UK. There are also fine examples of metalware and other decorative arts.

Exhibitions, Events & Education

The Museum offers access to an excellent and wide ranging collection, which has been interpreted in a lively and innovative manner. It is a resource for scholars, school children and the many leisure visitors to the City of Bath. Particular attention is given to the Museum's educational role with special exhibitions, an active events programme and new publications designed to encourage a greater understanding of East Asian art and culture.

The Museum also presents a series of special exhibitions. These change every few months and typically focus in more depth on a particular aspect of East Asian art and culture; often featuring photography as well as art objects. In the Museum Shop section, please remove "introductory video in six languages". Also please amend the "colourful lanterns" to "Colourful silk robes, ceramics, laquerware, cards, books and a range of gifts are also available including items inspired by the Museum's collection.

The Museum Shop

The shop sells an extensive range of cards, gifts and books, that continue the East Asian theme. Colourful lanterns, accessories and ceramics are also available including items inspired by the Museum's collection.

  • Illustrated gallery guides
  • Introductory video in six languages
  • Family resource area
  • Handling collection (by appointment)
  • Education programme
  • Lectures and workshops
  • Museum Gift Shop
  • Friends of the Museum

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  • Directions

    The Museum is located close to Bath's famous Circus and the Assembly Rooms. It is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from Bath Spa railway station and Avon Street Coach Park.

    By Car: The nearest place to park is in Charlotte Street, just off Queen Square.

    By Coach: Coaches may set down and pick up directly outside the museum but must then move on. Parking is available at Avon Street Coach Park.

    Information for Disabled Visitors:Those in possession of a Disabled Parking Permit (also known as a Blue Badge) may park in any car park, such as Charlotte Street car park (up to the maximum time limit), free of charge.

    Museum of East Asian Art Postcode for SatNav: BA1 2QJ


    +44 (0)1225 464 640
    +44 (0)1225 461 718

    12 Bennett Street
    BA1 2QJ

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