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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...

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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Bath American Museum

On a visit to Bath I decided to venture out to see the American Museum. I was not too sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised when I was lucky enough to come across an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Martin D
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

On a visit to Bath I decided to venture out to see the American Museum. I was not too sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised when I was lucky enough to come across an exhibition of items from the old West. The Museum appears to have a standard exhibition with an out building which hosts various visiting guest... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting and informative location. It was a pleasure to wander around the exhibits and grounds. The museum is made all the more interesting by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the staff and guides.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here because I am an avid patchworker and quilter. Their quilt display is fabulous. I did go on a tour of the museum and the special textile exhibition was very well done. As an Australian who has travelled widely including the USA I thought it was a bit odd seeing the replicas of historical periods of European settlement... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended on a drizzly Sunday, 1st November 2015. We drove there and it was very easy to find. We were amazed to find we'd stayed for 3 hours when we looked at our watches! We ate at the cafe and the food was standard tourist cafe stuff, but very reasonable. It's really worth a visit.

Thank RuthChester85
Romantic Cornwall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing museum. I gad forgotten so much about Native American history and a visit here rekindled my thirst to learn it. The photographic display was incredible and the huge collection of artefacts was impressive and so interesting. The staff I met were really helpful, knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the museum and History . I highly recommend visiting.

Thank Roma021
Frome, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good venue for a wet day ,very interesting exhibits about American history Beautiful quilts on display Large restaurant Large grounds for a sunny day

Thank sandy504128
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful building perched on the top of the hills overlooking Bath. Lovely interior to wander around and a great exhibition of quilts.

Thank Datchet
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

friendly staff all very knowledgable about the subject they was showing you. kids are given a backpack with activities to do as you progress around the museum. worth a visit.

Thank Mrtn13
Andover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My Wife wanted to visit an Exhibition at the American Museum which we did but at the same time took the opportunity to visit the Museum proper. We were very impressed, clearly it is about American history but the exhibits are very well laid out with excellent explanatory panels, if you are lost for something to do on a wet... More 

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Westbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Set in superbly manicured grounds There is something for everyone, History, Fashions. The Old Wild West is brought to life with pictures and scripts from the time that the 'Cowboys and Indians' roamed the prairie. There is an authentic 'Totem Pole' which in it's self tells a story. Well worth a couple of hours wandering around. It's situated just outside... More 

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