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American Museum

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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

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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Something a bit different on the edge of Bath. Lovely grounds and a very informative exhibition. I would also recommend the cafe for lunch or just coffee and a snack.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Something a bit different on the edge of Bath. Lovely grounds and a very informative exhibition. I would also recommend the cafe for lunch or just coffee and a snack.

Thank Graham51
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took friends here just before Christmas and the staff had really gone to town to make the museum Christmassy as it would have been 100 years or so ago. There was also a challenge to find hidden creatures in the displays, meant for children but we searched as well. Each tableau had a Christmas theme and the Christmas Tree... More 

Thank BristolGrace
North Stradbroke Island, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely weather helped our enjoyment in this great museum. Lots of history to soak in. Very enjoyable experience

Thank Diane G
Lusaka, Zambia
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99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Off the beaten path, but easy enough to get to from Bath. Museum of American decorative arts, and most interesting are the period rooms. Definitely worth a look!

Thank CheapianoZam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

I went with a WI group and we were given a guided tour, with ample time afterwards to go back and explore the gems of each of the room exhibits and the detailed artefacts within them. I loved the way that each room was given a scenario which explained why certain objects were there - a great way to bring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

A remarkable collection of interesting and rare Americana in a lovely old building spectacularly located outside Bath. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the displays and interpretations interesting and informative. There is a good cafe (but no pecan pie, why?), two well-resourced shops with quality items, and lovely grounds in better weather. Best to drive there but there is a... More 

Thank toomanybeds
Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Very informative about early American history..interesting sections about Native Americans, and early settlers. Several settlers rooms are recreated.the room guides are friendly and happy to answer any questions. The quilt room has lots of different types of quilt, the exhibition changes.

Thank angela N
Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

I went here with my sister recently and we really enjoyed ourselves. We especially liked the American Indian exhibit. The rest of the house is set up like Christmas in different parts of America that was lovely. The staff were very friendly and full of information. The cafe was hugely expensive, £6 for two small drinks. That was disappointing.

Thank UnusualGlobeTrotters
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

It has many exhibition's. The whole place has so much character, so much to see, and such lovely views. Lovely little gift shop.

Thank Heidi H
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

This is ab out 4 miles out of town up a very steep hill, but a free shuttle bus runs from the centre to the Museum. We expected it to contain a lot moire quilts so were slightly disappointed as this is what we wanted to see. However out husbands really enjoyed it.

Thank John N
AmericanMuseum, Chief Curator at American Museum, responded to this review

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We have over 250 quilts in our collection and about one fifth is on display. Each year we change some of the quilts that are on display. Keep an eye on our website and social media in the new year. We are about to launch our collections online. Most of our quilts... More 

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