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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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Snapshot of American history in the Somerset countryside

Unusual & interesting place buried in the very Englich countryside. Fascinating perspective on the original founding of the USA, giving food for thought about the treatment of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Wales
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Unusual & interesting place buried in the very Englich countryside. Fascinating perspective on the original founding of the USA, giving food for thought about the treatment of the indigenous peoples of the land. Exquisite examples of traditional quilting that take your breath away. The grounds are pleasant & the views across the valley are really stunning. Only disappointment was the... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

it was a very relaxed trip with plenty of space and grounds to explore, fantastic view whilst having lunch outside, up market feel without being an expensive afternoon. US history well covered including plenty on the Indians.

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23 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Having grown up in the area but never visited, I figured it was about time for a trip to the American museum. As a qualifier, I do know a reasonable amount about the US. I've visited 40+ states and visited all sorts of museums such as the Smithsonians in Washington DC, and so on. All that is possibly why the... More 

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

We're sorry you were disappointed. We're a niche museum, founded to tell the history of America through American folk art and decorative art; this does include quilts and our Textile Room is popular but it is not the extent of our collection. When the Museum opened in 1961, the founders felt that the 1860s was a sensible cut-off date for... More 

Stockport, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

On a short trip to Bath, we were a bit unsure whether this museum would engage us - but it certainly did. Right from the free bus service (with a very friendly and enthusiastic driver), to the exhibits and the lovely setting of the entire venue. There are so many interesting exhibits, and I particularly loved the moving photographic show... More 

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

Appreciate your delightful review and pleased that we were able to turn your expectations around. We look forward to welcoming you back as those views are worth a second look! More 

Chichester, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Arguably the best American museum outside the US. Located in a lovely setting as well. A really comprehensive introduction to US history.

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

A pleasure to read this review and know that we're held in high esteem. Very thankful to you. More 

Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This museum is situated about fifteen minutes drive from the County Hotel and on the site of Bath University. The address is Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD. Ample parking. If you have difficulty with steps from the car park there is a buggy that will take you to the main entrance. There is lift access to the different floors of... More 

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

What a lovely and insightful review! We're pleased you enjoyed your visit with us and found us easily located next door to the University of Bath. Accessibility is paramount so we are glad the golf buggy and lift were of use to you and you found the audio guides, situated in the first Period Room, readily available. The gardens continue... More 

Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
46 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Could have stayed longer, the History of American exhibition was amazing I learned a lot, The guides in the rooms were full of information and the cafe food was really good homemade and not that expensive. Did not have time to see the gardens as the museum it self had so much to see and as I was with a... More 

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

We're chuffed that you had such a delightful time when visiting with your group recently. Maybe you'll be able to explore the gardens in a future visit, there is plenty of them to see! More 

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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The man in the ticket booth will be extremely rude to you if you do. Other than him almost making us and several other visitors turn away we had a nice visit. 2 for 1 with a Big Ben card.

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

Thank you for the sound advice encouraging others towards our 12noon-5pm opening hours although we are alarmed that you were met with rudeness as this is not acceptable. It would be appreciated if you could email us with the date of your visit and specifics about the way you were greeted so we can look at the rota to see... More 

Chippenham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I first took my children here when they were at school. It became a summer holiday treat every year. They loved it especially the little shop and the tea room. On a nice day sitting outside is a must for the magnificent views. The gardens are also lovely in the summer. There have been many changes over the years but... More 

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

It is a joy to welcome visitors, both new and returning, and we thank you for being an ambassador in writing this review to encourage others to visit again and again. As with all attractions there are parts of us that we cannot change and there are things that we must change to keep up with modern expectations - the... More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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

We're so pleased that you enjoyed our family experience during your visit . Our craft activities are linked where possible to the Museum collection or exhibition and the crochet decorations were for our Easter Yarn Bombing weekend - all made by our talented volunteers! The backpacks were introduced last year and have been a huge success so thank you for... More 

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