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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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Brockham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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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 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My friend and I took the free shuttle bus from Bog Isle in the centre of Bath upto the museum. The driver was such an enthusiastic volunteer who gave a good insight into how the museum came to be and the founders relationship with Kaffe Fassett. My friend wanted to see the Kaffe Fassett collection in particular and she was... More

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AYLESBURY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

.This was one for my husband really, but we both enjoyed the museum,and it's contents. There was an exhibition on of the work by Kaffe Fasset,very interesting. The gardens were beautiful. We didn't have long enough to explore all of the grounds. Definitely one to go back to

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I went to the American Museum specifically to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition which was inspirational - so much colour and creativity in one place. I also visited the main museum which was fascinating and so interesting - the Native American displays in particular. The volunteer staff were so helpful and informatiive - I must pick out the lovely lady... More

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