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American Museum

Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
+44 1225 460503
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Ranked #12 of 69 Attractions in Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Situated in a glorious Georgian manor house within 120 acres of wonderful grounds and stunning...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Situated in a glorious Georgian manor house within 120 acres of wonderful grounds and stunning scenery, the American Museum in Britain is home to the finest collection of Americana outside of the United States. Visitors learn about the Founding Fathers, the pioneers West, Native Americans and the Slavery issue which lead to the Civil War in the new interactive American Heritage Exhibition. This precedes a series of attractive period rooms dating from colonial times until the eve of the Civil War. These rooms set the scene on domestic life throughout the exciting settlement and independence years of America and are accessible via a lift for those who have difficultly with the manor house stairs. The museum has an outstanding quilt collection which allows us to alter the permanent textile display from time to time (40-50 quilts are on show each year) and an inspiring Folk Art gallery intrigues visitors with whirligigs, cigar store Indians, weathervanes and even a Mohawk ship figurehead! Main season Mid-March to November, Tuesday -Sunday, 12-5pm. Closed Mondays except during August and Bank Holidays. Christmas season Mid-November to Mid-December, Tuesday -Sunday, 12-4.30Pm. Closed Mondays.

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carlow
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Wonderful collection of vintage American quilts. I visited to go to a temporary exhibition and sadly didn't have time to view the rest of the museum. It would be worth returning to Bath to visit the whole collection.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We visited on the museum's last day of the season and maybe this is why it went wrong. I have visited several times before so was really disappointed to find the fact sheets removed from the period rooms. Instead there was a scene from an American novel or poem as a theme for Christmas. No guides in rooms except for... More 

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Raglan, United Kingdom
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126 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Although I don't have any special interest in American history, I enjoyed my visit to this museum and wish that I'd given myself more time to take everything in. The information displays are very modern and don't overwhelm you with too much writing, and there are staff on hand if you have any questions. The collections of quilts, rugs, and... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

An amazing collection of early American furniture and wonderful quilts and rugs , Nothing to dislike

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Voorburg, The Netherlands
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

So much info on the history of the USA. With settlers, the native americans, mexicans. Beautiful rooms. And wonderful folk art. The gardens around it and views are stunning. So worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

There is a lot to look at in this museum. The quilt exhibition is outstanding,if you can get near. The cafe was very busy and tables were not cleared very quickly.

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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We spent half a day at this museum and wished it could have been longer. The layout is good and the history of the USA is explained in a variety of ways. The exhibits are fascinating and we cannot wait to go back and take in more of this museum.

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Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

lots to see, very different, helpful staff, could do with more display information, nice restaurant, free shuttle bus from Bath city centre

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

restaurant was very good. most of it was easy for a wheelchair, but the information area was inaccessible

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AmericanMuseum, Marketing Manager at American Museum, responded to this review

Very pleased to learn that you liked our cafe and felt most areas were wheelchair friendly, but could you elaborate on the area you felt was inaccessible please as we have a lift to all three floors and ramps into each building. Your feedback will allow us to review the area you feel was inaccessible and see if anything can... More 

Southam, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

The rooms individually are well presented but I found it difficult to see any underlying theme that connected them. The house was being decorated for Christmas so looked beautiful. The staff were friendly and helpful.

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