Barbara Hepworth Museum

Barbara Hepworth Museum

Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a unique experience, offering a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the Museum and Garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.

Barbara Hepworth first came to live in Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson and their young family at the outbreak of war in 1939. She lived and worked in Trewyn studios, now the Hepworth Museum, from 1949 until her death in 1975. Following her wish to establish her home and studio as a museum of her work, Trewyn Studio and much of the artist's work remaining there was given to the nation and placed in the care of the Tate Gallery in 1980.

'Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic', wrote Barbara Hepworth; 'here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space'. When she first arrived at Trewyn Studio, Hepworth was still largely preoccupied with stone and wood carving, but during the 1950s she increasingly made sculpture in bronze as well. This led her to create works on a more monumental scale, for which she used the garden as a viewing area. The bronzes now in the garden are seen in the environment for which they were created, and most are in the positions in which the artist herself placed them. The garden itself was laid out by Barbara Hepworth with help from a friend, the composer Priaulx Rainier.



  • Facilities


  • Disabled access

Access Statement

Entrance to the Museum There are steps and uneven surfaces at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which makes access difficult. For this reason wheelchair access is by prior appointment only, please call 01736 796226 or 01736 791102 Wheelchair provision If you require a wheelchair, please let us know before you visit. Call us on 01736 796226 or 01736 791102 Guide and hearing dogs We welcome guide dogs and hearing dogs at the Museum. Concessionary tickets and carers' entry There is an admission charge at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. There is a concessionary rate for visitors with a disability, and carers’ entrance is free. Hepworth Audio Guide An audio walking tour of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden specifically designed for blind and partially sighted visitors. The audio guide is free and available anytime during gallery hours.

Opening Times

Open all year

November 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016
10:00 am - 16:20 pm

Open daily

March 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015
10:00 am - 17:20 pm

Open daily


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