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Address: Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 460503
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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.
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Great contempary Native American culture

The photos capture the spirit of native American people, the images of these people the diverse heritage. Great for familys as children and adults can dress up in costums and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The photos capture the spirit of native American people, the images of these people the diverse heritage. Great for familys as children and adults can dress up in costums and the guids are very good.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

Attended the opening of the new exhibition: Hatched, Matched, Dispatched and Patched. If you love textiles and are sensitive to their emotional language, this will delight you! A wonderfully warm and beautiful display - congratulations!!

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

Thank you! What wonderful comments. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and are helping to spread the word. Hope to welcome you again in the future. More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

Visited for the Kafe Fasset exhibition and it was fantastic as it is every year. House and gardens are stunning, and the Tea room is reasonable and comfortable. Not one for very young/excitable children.

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

So pleased you enjoyed last year's exhibition. The 2015 exhibition is textiles again should it be of interest to you: http://americanmuseum.org/about-the-museum/current-exhibitions/hatched-matched-dispatched-patched-2/ we also have new menus in the cafe. We would appreciate any constructive feedback you can offer in regards to your comment about children. We are concentrating on making the Museum more family friendly and introduced activity backpacks last... More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This was much bigger than I envisage with a country house, nice gardens and an arts exhibition centre. Bizarre place to have a tribute to American culture but it fits with the Bath georgian theme. The free bus from centre of town is worth taking but fills up fast so arrive early or you could find yourself with an hour... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We are a surprise to many, not just for our unique focus & location but how much there is to see! In regards to the free shuttlebus, we have listened to our visitors and have reviewed the timetable for the new season, it now runs more frequently and the first run brings people up in... More 

Hungerford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great views and lots of interesting and different stuff. Great cafe too. The wagon exhibit was quite cool

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

Thank you for taking time to review, we're pleased you enjoyed your visit and you felt refreshed by our cafe offerings. The Conestoga Wagon is certainly a talking point, as is our wonderful view - always worth a second look don't you think! More 

Torbay
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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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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Shoreham
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
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
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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 

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