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American Museum

Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
+44 1225 460503
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Ranked #14 of 87 attractions in Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History 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... more » 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. « less
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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

it is quite expensive and didn't feel value for money there is a lovely exhibition but I would not say it was worth the price. The grounds are lovely though and there is a nice coffee shop there too. We took several children with us who enjoyed running around outside but not the visit to the house!!

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Melksham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Went because the wife is interested in quilting and knitting and there is a collection of american quilts to see. The bonus was the Kaffe Fassett exhibition which was enjoyed very much. The house tour with good audio guides give much information about the history of America and we both came away saying that we had learnt more than we... More

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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I went specifically to see this exhibition (having come all the way from Dubai). It was enchanting if a little smaller than expected. My husband also enjoyed the map exhibition whilst I was drooling over the textiles. The views from the terrace cafe are stunning

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Wadebridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Visited this museum with my two grandchildren, 16 and 9 years old. We really enjoyed the museum with all the different rooms. The guides in each room explained about the furniture etc and where the articles came from. The quilts were interesting. There was also an exhibition by Kaffeeklatsch Fassett, vibrant and interesting. We were able to take photographers of... More

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Derbyshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Wow. It was everything I had hoped it would. Amazing colours, all the things I had seen photographed in books were there. It was a magical, inspiration experience. I took loads of photographs and look forward to seeing them on my screen at home. It is something I have always wanted to see and I am not disappointed. The exhibitors... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I visited this exhibition today displaying the work of Kaffe Fassett. An explosion of colour met you at the first lamppost. It was fantastic. It was extremely well organised and brilliantly presented. The staff were helpful. Well worth a visit.

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Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The American museum never fails to please, Its a long way to go but worth every mile. The Kaffe Fassett exhibition was well worth the journey from Scotland. A feast of colour even my husband was impressed. Staff were very friendly and helpful. I came away with books, fabric and other goodies. We had a quick look round the Museum,... More

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Wimborne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Quite by chance one evening, I checked out the Museum's website and found a Kaffe Fassett exhibition had started just days before. The next day, my husband and I were there looking at it! In the 1980's/90's, our house was full of every shade and texture of yarn, as I made KF-inspired garments, read his books, visited his exhibitions, went... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

As we were part of a Costume and Textile Assn Group, they opened the Museum specially for us on Sunday morning and provided very knowledgeable guides to take us round in small groups. We saw it all, but they concentrated in the Textiles which we were particularly interested in. The collections and displays were mind blowing - absolutely fabulous -... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyable, fascinating exhibitions, friendly staff [we did not find them overbearing] excellent food in the cafe with American undertones. Don't miss the knitted covers for the street lamps! Kenneth Horne served here in WWII My only moan is that they try to charge an EXTRA £1 tor Gift Aid! What a cheek! My local attraction charges no more and... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to post a review, we're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us. We appreciate your comments about Gift Aid and are looking into what changes can be made here. Charitable attractions like us are given two choices for Gift Aid and, at the time we signed up for Gift Aid returns, the... More

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