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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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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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Interesting combination of American folk artefacts and textile exhibitions. Good cafe. Well worth a visit. Free shuttle bus makes that visit easy from the centre of Bath.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Reading, United Kingdom

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Considering what you can see at National museums for free, this is a little overpriced. Also the cafe was disappointing. We were served luke warm coffee and weak hot chocolate. Saying that, the grounds are beautiful and worth a walk around.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Interesting combination of American folk artefacts and textile exhibitions. Good cafe. Well worth a visit. Free shuttle bus makes that visit easy from the centre of Bath.

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Catalonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

It is years since I have been here and I was pleasangly suprised at the change in emphasis to include works by First Nation tribes and the audioguide which was very helpful to set the scene of the rooms. I was there to enjoy the quilts in particular and had the chance to browse through the lot with many patient... More 

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Bath, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful stunning views that you can just sit in and admire. Pack a picnic or buy food from the cafe. Take time to sit and relax here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Met English lady at tearoom at Highclere Castle. Her mother was born in New Jersey. She said we had to visit the American Museum on our way back to Bath! We took her recommendation! Maybe she enjoyed because of her ties to America, but it was a little hokey for this American! As my husband said, some designer had American... More 

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AmericanMuseum, Director at American Museum, responded to this review

We appreciate your comments, even when they are critical. This is the first time our period rooms have been called ‘hokey,’ I believe; most Americans who visit here do so because of the international reputation of the furniture, the finest specimens outside the United States. We’d appreciate knowing what would have made your visit more interesting. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This museum is really worth visiting as it gives a very good insight into American history and culture. There are three floors of exhibits in the main house. Very comprehensive grounds and a very good cafe. It is interesting for all age groups.

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

Great review! Thank you for sharing your experience with others. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

For Americans, this is an interesting way to find out how American culture is presented in the U.K. Most of the focus is on colonial and early nineteenth century U.S. The recreated rooms are very well done, and I like the presentation of the Native American materials. The museum is in a lovely location. You can walk there, but it... More 

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

Wonderful five star review, many many thanks. Our shuttle bus schedule is available on our website and a free refreshment offer is available to Skyline Walkers within their admission ticket. More 

Chester-le-Street, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This museum was fascinating and cannot recommend it enough. Firstly there is a free bus service up to the Bath University campus where this museum is to be found. Very friends staff. Cafe was well stocked. The museum itself was amazing - full of artefacts of American history. The whole place was set out with a lot of thought and... More 

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

Wonderful five star review, thank you. Our shuttle bus picks up at Terrace Walk in Bath and brings people direct to our property next door to the University of Bath; timetable available on our website. More 

Cannock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We took the free shuttle bus from by the abbey hotel in Bath to get to the museum. We did intend to use the city tour bus but the driver said they no longer entered the university grounds and that it was agood half hour to walk from where he would drop us off to get to the museum. We... More 

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AmericanMuseum, Volunteer Coordinator at American Museum, responded to this review

We are delighted that you loved what we have to offer here at the American Museum but are very sorry that you felt your experience on entering the Exhibition was not so welcoming. It is our policy to check all visitor tickets as entrance to the Exhibition is part of the full house and grounds ticket. However we will take... More 

Warminster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Last time we visited was twenty years ago when our children were little, very informative place but could do with a few more hands on experiences for children A good place to show children the history of America, would suggest older children. The grounds were magnificent. My wife was most impressed with the quilt exhibition, and I see another project... More 

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AmericanMuseum, Head of Visitor Experience at American Museum, responded to this review

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We've been working hard to develop more interactive activities for children and young people, and now offer Museum Explorer backpacks to help families get more from their visit. This summer we've introduced handling objects into the Period Rooms themselves, which has been very popular with visitors. We look forward to developing and... More 

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