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Museum of Bath Architecture

Address: | The Vineyards, Bath BA1 5NA, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 333 895
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Ranked #55 of 160 things to do in Bath
Type: Art museums, Specialty museums, History museums, Museums
Owner description: This unique collection interprets the rich architectural history of Bath and the men who...
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Type: Art museums, Specialty museums, History museums, Museums
Owner description: This unique collection interprets the rich architectural history of Bath and the men who transformed a provincial town into the world famous Georgian Spa. It demonstrates how classical design influenced the buildings and illustrates the construction of a house from the cellars to the rafters. Based in the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, the building is also home to the Bath Model, a fully detailed architectural model of the historic city centre, giving a unique insight into the layout of the Georgian City.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a small museum but well worth an hour or so. Pride of place is the fascinating scale model of Bath itself, but there are also interesting and well presented exhibits about the construction of Bath. Staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. The only irritant were two video presentations, interesting in themselves but on a continuous loop so they... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

After living in Bath all our lives we have never been here before. Quite interesting to wander around for an hour or so looking at how Bath was built and the techniques used. The illuminated map is quite good, but could do with some more lights on specific areas and a guide to where places are on the map itself.... More 

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Blaenau Ffestiniog, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This museum is housed in an old chapel built by the Countess of Huntingdon. There is an interesting room showing how she lived her life. The actual exhibition is not big but for anyone interested in how Bath was built it is well worth a visit. I was there about an hour mainly because I spent a long time viewing... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This museum only opens from 2-5pm daily with the exception of when there are events taking place. It has lot of information to absorb so best to allow more than 1 hour because mainly you'll be reading apart from one video that had speakers the rest of the videos was just demonstrating. It wouldn't suit people who can't be bothered... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Not for the very young, but anyone interested in building and construction should visit and as others have said the Rosalind Hudson model buildings are superb. Worth a visit especially on a wet, windy or cold day.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This museum is housed in the Countess of Huntingdon's chapel - a very interesting woman in her own right. The museum gives a detailed insight into the various crafts and techniques employed in building Bath. There are some videos however most of the collection consists of beautifully built models and information. We went late in the afternoon so only had... More 

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Surrey, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Very interesting collection showcasing the history of Bath's architecture. The museum houses a collection of wooden architectural models of famous Bath buildings created by Rosalind Hudson, former British codebreaker. These models are awe-inspiring in their detail, and were my favourite part of the collection.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This museum is ok if you have enough time to read everything but all in all not that entertaining. I definitely would not recommend it for children... although the people running the museum were lovely! We went on one of our last afternoons in Bath and in hindsight the time would have been better spent elsewhere at one of the... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This is a small museum, but it provides a good overview of the creation of Bath as we know it today. I wish it had more about the WWII destruction, urban renewal, and more recent restorations, though; it pretty much just focuses on the Georgian era of building.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The Building of Bath Collection is slightly out of the way, located a little way along the Paragon. Fortunately, for those that make the journey there are plenty of items and exhibits in the museum which really add to one's experience of the city. As well as physical exhibits and parts of original Georgian buildings, there are models to guide... More 

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