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Address: Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 460503
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: Situated in a glorious Georgian manor house within 120 acres of wonderful...
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. Free shuttle bus from Bath city centre to the museum throughout afternoon, see website for schedule.
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A very enjoyable excursion into American History

We had an interesting visit which was very informative as it guided us through the various periods of American history.The folk art room,the museum and the special exhibitions... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Yeovil, United Kingdom

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We had an interesting visit which was very informative as it guided us through the various periods of American history.The folk art room,the museum and the special exhibitions made our visit well worth while.The house and grounds are superb and we had coffee on the terrace whilst enjoying the beautiful view.The staff were all extremely pleasant and very helpful.We will... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We visited this lovely museum on a trip to Bath this week. It was genuinely interesting and the grounds were a lovely surprise. We spent several hours here and enjoyed a cookie from the cafe! The shuttle bus was great as well.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

A wonderful and important Bath attraction that should be valued not just for the contents of the wide-ranging collections, but the house and grounds too, which are stunning on a summer's day. The museum guides you through various themes in American history, usually in an interactive fashion, but the real treat is the collection of fully furnished "rooms" moved from... More 

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Keynsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We have visited the American Museum a few times. Why? because of every changing sometimes quirky exhibitions lovely building and extensive grounds also nice cafe. You can easily spend the whole day

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

Thank you for the five star review and sharing your thoughts with others. We look forward to seeing you again for future exhibitions and changes in the gardens. More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I initially thought that it would simply be "Americanism" - overly patriotic displays that I simply didn't care about. It actually was the opposite, rather focusing on fashions, history, architectiure and the land of the American continent. Fantastic information about American history and the house itself. The information provided throughotu the museum, including audioguides, is fantastic. I would like to... More 

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

What an inspiring visit you had, thank you for sharing the experience - especially as it was not what you expected! The three Native American galleries display all that we hold in our collection, should we receive objects by donation in the future we shall delight in adding to this area. Hopefully the temporary 'Spirit Hawk Eye' photographic exhibition helps... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The only bad thing about this place is that it isn't open for very long, only 12pm - 5pm due to it not being very busy, this is a shame as it's great, there is so much to learn and all the property in the museum is genuine and from America. We definitely learnt some things about America and its... More 

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

Thank you for reviewing and enjoying our museum so much! When we extended our hours from 2-5.30pm a few years ago we saw the difference of how our visitation spread over the five hours which allowed our visitors to have a more relaxed and comfortable visit between 12-5pm. It amazes us that we can have 300+ people onsite and feel... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

not what I expected but in a nice way, no Hollywood stuff here, only a realistic display of the homes and art of real USA, the America off the commercial path, the homes and art of the many, with a good insight into the First Nations People.

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

Thank you for taking the time to place a review, we're happy that you felt that you were seeing the 'real America' rather than the Hollywood stereotype - completely what our founders had wanted. More 

Broadway, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My wife insisted that we went to see this and I was not too keen, but came away with a very good impression of the place. maybe a few to Red Indians (can I use that term?) for my liking but the overall presentation of the history was excellent.

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

We're thrilled that we were able to turn your expectations around so that you were pleased to have ventured through our doors. The Native American Indian photographic exhibition is temporary although the galleries telling the story of the Indians' way of life is permanent. As you asked, 'Red Indian' is no longer acceptable and you would interested to learn that... More 

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

A hidden gem outside B ath. every room is a different period in American history and the quilt collection is priceless. The reconstruction of George Washington's garden in the grounds is very interesting. Good food in the Orangery. The 18 bus only takes you so far, then a LONG walk down a country lane with no pavements.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and complimenting us on the displays, gardens and cafe. We are on the verge of an exciting new garden project so please return to see the result! We're sorry you didn't know about our free shuttle bus which would have brought you from the city centre to our doorstep -... More 

Superpig
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Something for everyone from American history to needlework. Check out the special exhibitions. Free bus service from Laura Place to the museum in Claverton or walk. Highly recommended.

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

Thank you for your high recommendation, we're pleased you found us so interesting and appealing to so many. We admire your robustness for the three-mile walk to us from Bath city centre - the shuttle bus may be easier on the feet! More 

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Additional Information about American Museum

Address: Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 460503
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Bath
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 25

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