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Exhibition:Thomas Baines: Art, Exploration and Empire at Lynn Museum

Exhibition, Mon 24 May - Thu 30 Sep 2021, £1.50-£5.10

Bloemfontein 1852

Bloemfontein 1852

One of the Thomas Baines paintings on show in the exhibition.

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‘Thomas Baines: Art, Exploration and Empire’ uncovers the life and times of the 19th century artist and explorer Thomas Baines. Born in King’s Lynn on 27 November 1820, Baines was a prolific artist, writer, traveller and collector who led an extraordinary life. He spent much of his adulthood in southern Africa, where he painted scenes of British colonisation through the eyes of a white man, alongside views of landscapes and wildlife. He was the first European to paint Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'the Smoke that Thunders' (renamed Victoria Falls).

Baines accompanied David Livingstone on the Zambesi river expedition and was a war artist in the Hundred Year War between the British and the Xhosa people. He also accompanied the surveyor Charles Augustus Gregory on a major expedition in northern Australia.

Baines kept a record of his experiences in his journals, where his fascinating notes and sketches are now on display for visitors to see. Marking the bicentenary of his birth, this biographical exhibition looks at Thomas Baines’ life, work and the times in which he lived, while acknowledging the colonial perspective of his artworks.

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Children welcome

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Dates Times
Mon 24 May - Thu 30 Sep 2021
Lynn Museum is open from 10am to 4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday all year around. Additionally, we are open from 12pm to 4pm on Sundays from April to September.


Admission to Lynn Museum is £5.10 for adults, £4.86 for concessions and £4.70 for children. Cheaper family tickets are available for different combinations of adults and children, in addition to a Twilight Ticket valid one hour before closing time (£1.50). All tickets must be booked in advance and will not be available on the door - please visit

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Mon 24 May - Thu 30 Sep Thomas Baines: Art, Exploration and Empire


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King's Lynn,
PE30 1NL


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From King's Lynn station it is 5 minutes' walk to Lynn Museum.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome