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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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Stunning views from beautiful grounds. Very quiet and peaceful. Well informed guides throughout property which is full of interesting items. Admission prices rather high, although... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
royaloak2015
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Stunning views from beautiful grounds. Very quiet and peaceful. Well informed guides throughout property which is full of interesting items. Admission prices rather high, although we had 2 for 1 vouchers for our visit.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I see the American Museum as an extension to my garden. The membership is excellent value and there is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than lolling around the grounds while the kids climb trees and play hide and seek. There are especially magical moments during their evening soirées and at Christmas time- particularly when there is Jazz... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had a very interesting and informative day out at the Museum, with a tasty lunch in the cafe. The staff were very informative and interesting to listen to.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Liked - the beautiful grounds and gardens including the Teepee and Lincoln head. The house with all its different period rooms was fascinating and we spent a good few hours going through each room and listening to the audio. We thought it was all very well put together and found it all very interesting. We liked dressing up as pilgrims... More 

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Wales, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Was not expecting it to be fantastic after seeing the basic website but found the history severely lacking. Displays were centred on quilt toppings and little evidence on America itself, it's people or the tribes. Emphasis on 1800-1960. Furniture I've seen at loads of other attractions so nothing historical there. The restaurant food was tasty but menu very limited and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I have wanted to visit this musum for some time so had high expectations. Unfortunately a bit disappointing, the exhibits are dated in the way they are presented , it all seems as no one has looked at them objectively for ages. The cafe is just dreadful, little attempt to make it authentic american and lukewarm weak coffee - come... More 

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Iver, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The American Museum was a family favourite in the 90's. My wife and I decided to revisit and were not disappointed. It is interesting with a variety of exhibits and wonderful grounds with exceptional view across the countryside on a summers day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this Museum! It is packed with objects that most of the older generations 50 plus will immediately recognise. I particularly enjoyed the history of the Indians and their plight over the years. A lot of information relating to the different Indian tribes was fascinating. The museum is set in beautiful grounds and if you catch the weather... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Unusual & interesting place buried in the very Englich countryside. Fascinating perspective on the original founding of the USA, giving food for thought about the treatment of the indigenous peoples of the land. Exquisite examples of traditional quilting that take your breath away. The grounds are pleasant & the views across the valley are really stunning. Only disappointment was the... More 

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

We're sorry that we fell at the final hurdle after you had enjoyed everything else during your visit. Our lunch options, available between 12-2pm, try to accommodate most appetites and we are always grateful for feedback so if you have any particular suggestions for the cafe please do email us with them: catering@americanmuseum.org More 

Newport, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

it was a very relaxed trip with plenty of space and grounds to explore, fantastic view whilst having lunch outside, up market feel without being an expensive afternoon. US history well covered including plenty on the Indians.

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

Thank you for your review, we're delighted you had a 'relaxed trip' with us and hope you return on another occasion to enjoy lunch once again with our unique view - untouched by 21st century pylons, etc! More 

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