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Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden

  • St Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)

Last updated: 28 April, 2024

Barbara Hepworth and her husband Ben Nicholson moved to Cornwall in 1939 and quickly became part of a local art movement of international repute.

Hepworth studied with Henry Moore at the Leeds School of Art and went on to become one of Britain’s foremost modernist sculptors and one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century. Her early works are mainly of wood and stone, with larger bronze pieces later in her career. Many of her works are abstracted sculptures of the human form.

Her modernist sculptures are on display in the studio and garden where she lived and worked from 1949 until her death in a fire in 1975.

The site is managed by the Tate Gallery, but visiting remains an intimate experience, with tools and furnishings exactly as Hepworth left them.


Price from: £7
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The gallery is located on Barnoon Hill, a 5-minute walk from the Tate St Ives. Book tickets in advance on the website to avoid disappointment – places are limited.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, seven days a week.