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American Museum

Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
+44 1225 460503
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Ranked #11 of 91 attractions in Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Dorset, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Visited the museum during our visit to Bath on a Tuesday. The four us thought it very interesting, visited mainly for the ladies, as it was for the quilt displays. Plenty more to see, the craft centre showing early American craft items and the impressive house informing the visitors of the early and later history of America. The lovely weather... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Really interesting place, and we are glad we went there. The museum has been modernised quite a bit since when I went there which was sometime ago, but still gives good value for money. Before you pay and enter the estate - if you wish to go into the manor please read the restriction below. NOTE - it does say... More

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Westbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A really great day out for all the family. Takes you back in time to the Wild West. Tells the story of the Native Indians who roamed the plains of the west. The great characters of the time. How they lived, and died. A very informative day out, you see and hear how it was back in the 1860's. Brilliant.... More

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Brockham, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Really interesting place to visit and always worth checking current exhibition. Would suggest two shuttle buses from the centre of Bath as current one only seats 14 and only runs hourly. Local bus can be caught but half a mile walk to get there and to get back.

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Great afternoon in the museum and fascinating depiction of American history through room sets and exhibits made all the more enjoyable by our superb tour guide, Sharon, who managed to bring the history to life with her interesting stories and thorough background knowledge. Would recommend the American Museum to anyone and only regret is we hadn't allowed more time to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I was a student at the University of Bath many years ago and never took the time to visit this beautiful place. My mother and I were especially interested in the Kaffe Fassett exhibition which is well worth a visit but we were also really impressed by the museum as a whole. From the first moment, the staff were welcoming... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A friend and I were headed to The American Museum to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibit there when we realized it was the 4th of July! The exhibit was fabulous....we toured the house, had tea in the garden...what spectacular views! We didn't have time to tour the gardens.....I guess I will have to save that for the next visit!

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lakeland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Eclectic mix of Americana, paintings, quilts, furniture. I thought the admission costs where a little steep. Nice restaurant, clean facilities.

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Boston
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Although this museum requires a bus (free) or taxi ride from Bath center to Claverton, it is worth it. A fine collection of early American art and craft, beautiful views of the countryside and special exhibitons that surprise and delight.

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Truro, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A lovely venue and interesting if you like decorative arts. The quilts are fantastic and there were many examples of settler crafts and interior decor. George Washington's garden was worth the visit and the café with its view is very homely. They are making a good effort to challenge long-held views on craft being inferior to high art. I did... More

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