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American Museum

Address: Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 460503
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Ranked #11 of 83 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is a fascinating place, only slight disappointment was no american food served in the restaurant

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

So, the blurb tells us, in 1961, three men decided that as there was no museum of American Culture outside USA they would create one in Bath. Why? What can it bring to us? In a large Georgian house in a beautiful setting it is made up of four parts - Basement, interesting wall boards and displays on Native American... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

If you are keen on sewing, this place is for you. There is an enormous selection of hand sew patchwork quilts, and the building generally is of interest too. i really enjoyed my time here.

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Sunbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

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
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

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

Thank you for your review which gives us feedback that we need to improve how to explain our Christmas season more thoroughly. Due to Christmas decorations as we know today not entering the living room until the mid-1800s, and our Period Rooms dating long before this time, we are unable to portray Christmas through the ages in America; to get... More 

Raglan, United Kingdom
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132 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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