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Address: Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 460503
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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.
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Visit with the grandchildren

Our visit was delightful. There was a special pack with 'things to do' for the children, targetted at the appropriate ages. I always enjoy a visit to this museum and on this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Julie I
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Bath, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Our visit was delightful. There was a special pack with 'things to do' for the children, targetted at the appropriate ages. I always enjoy a visit to this museum and on this occasion the trees outside were decorated with crochet work which gave the place an enchanted feel. There was also a craft workshop for the children at no extra... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Great museum. Naive art, quilts, great cafe, views. Lots of American art, special exhibits. Discount for EH members too

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We loved our visit to the museum and enjoyed looking around all the different exhibits and found the staff to be so helpful and friendly and they had lots of information we would not have spotted ourselves! The food was excellent and it was nice to see Tollhouse cookies! Having been to America several times it was a real treat... More 

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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This museum is excellent. You can catch the free shuttle bus from Bath centre. Really interesting history of America. Beautiful terrace to sit and have coffee with breathtaking views of the valley.

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The photos capture the spirit of native American people, the images of these people the diverse heritage. Great for familys as children and adults can dress up in costums and the guids are very good.

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

So pleased that this year's Spirit Hawk Eye exhibition within the main Museum inspired you to write this review. We're very appreciative that the photographer, Heidi Laughton, has enabled us to display these and that our supporters have helped raise funds for some of the Native Americans depicted in the photographs to come over in July for talks, workshops and... More 

Bath
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

A visit to the American Museum is always a pleasure. The woodland surroundings and views out over the Limpley Stoke valley are a lovely setting for a museum that gives tastes of american life and history.

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

We appreciate your review Jeff. The views in the spring sunshine are lovely and the Manor's Bath stone is shining, mind you in any weather it's s superb panorama. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Attended the opening of the new exhibition: Hatched, Matched, Dispatched and Patched. If you love textiles and are sensitive to their emotional language, this will delight you! A wonderfully warm and beautiful display - congratulations!!

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

Thank you! What wonderful comments. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and are helping to spread the word. Hope to welcome you again in the future. More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Visited for the Kafe Fasset exhibition and it was fantastic as it is every year. House and gardens are stunning, and the Tea room is reasonable and comfortable. Not one for very young/excitable children.

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

So pleased you enjoyed last year's exhibition. The 2015 exhibition is textiles again should it be of interest to you: http://americanmuseum.org/about-the-museum/current-exhibitions/hatched-matched-dispatched-patched-2/ we also have new menus in the cafe. We would appreciate any constructive feedback you can offer in regards to your comment about children. We are concentrating on making the Museum more family friendly and introduced activity backpacks last... More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This was much bigger than I envisage with a country house, nice gardens and an arts exhibition centre. Bizarre place to have a tribute to American culture but it fits with the Bath georgian theme. The free bus from centre of town is worth taking but fills up fast so arrive early or you could find yourself with an hour... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We are a surprise to many, not just for our unique focus & location but how much there is to see! In regards to the free shuttlebus, we have listened to our visitors and have reviewed the timetable for the new season, it now runs more frequently and the first run brings people up in... More 

Hungerford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great views and lots of interesting and different stuff. Great cafe too. The wagon exhibit was quite cool

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

Thank you for taking time to review, we're pleased you enjoyed your visit and you felt refreshed by our cafe offerings. The Conestoga Wagon is certainly a talking point, as is our wonderful view - always worth a second look don't you think! More 

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