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American Museum

Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
+44 1225 460503
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Ranked #13 of 92 Attractions in Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History 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... more » 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. « less
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

If you love quilts, historical interiors, maps, colour and fabric then this is the place to visit near Bath. There is also much of interest for those who are interested in American history, furniture, interior design and folk art. You can get a shuttle bus from Bath and it is well worth it. They have an exhibition hall where the... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

My wife dragged me to Claverton Manor because she wanted to see an exhibition of Goldwork and a second exhibition by some guy called Kaffe Fassett........ Well I have to confess I enjoyed the several hours we spent there! The exhibitions were very well staged and had very helpful staff. The museum was well put together in period rooms. The... More

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London, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Would not recommend getting caught up behind a tour if you can help it. On the whole very interesting and a lot of fun.

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Yateley, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The location and the content of the museum was fascinating. The room stewards were very interesting and knowledgable . I really liked the Kaffe Fassett exhibition all his designs are so colourful. One useful service they offer is the free mini bus ride from the centre of Bath to the museum and back.

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s-o-t
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

very interesting exhibitions at the museum, a free minibus ride from bog island takes 10-15mins to get to Claverton Manor the grounds are spectacular , the Manor has wonderful Georgian architecture.

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

we caught American Museum free minibus from bog Island which is situated just in front of Parade Gardens in the centre of the city. We found the driver to be very courteous, friendly and very knowledgeable of any queries we had regarding our surroundings and the museum itself, meaning before we had arrived we were already off to a good... More

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Rugby
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

There was a staggering display of gold work of traditional and contemporary design. The permanent exhibition of american history changes ones view of the "wild west".

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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Visited especially to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition, which was not disappointing. Amazing riots of colour and design - worth seeing. The main exhibition was also very good. The layout is a bit confusing, but it doesn't detract from the visitor experience. Very good interpretations of American interiors throughout history - loved the New Orleans boudoir!! Very reasonably priced £9... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I went to the American Museum to see an exhibition by Kaffe Fassett in a different part of the campus. How utterly enthralled and delighted by the contents of the museum I became. A wonderful mishmash of history, costume, interiors art, music and so much more. I was particularly moved by the Native American exhibits and memorabilia. A beautiful old... More

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I found plenty of interest here to keep me busy for two hours, the highlight for me being the beautiful quilts. The exhibits are well displayed and there are plenty of interactive items and dressing-up opportunities for children. Current Kaffe Faccett exhibition an added attraction for knitters and crafters, and lovely gardens to wander round or view from the cafe.... More

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