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Bath At Work Museum

a.k.a. Mr. Bowler's Business | Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RL, England
44-1225-318348
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Ranked #33 of 87 attractions in Bath
Type: History Museums
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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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251 reviews 251 reviews
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This museum is composed of a shop and works moved from corn Street, right by the river and very prone to flooding. We were entertained by the very enthusiastic lady at the entrance who asked us if we knew that plasticine, a famous plaything in the middle of the 20th century was manufactured in a factory near here. Younger people... More

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Had not been to this museum for twenty years and have been meaning to return for a few years. Took a slightly reluctant 8 year old with me. As soon as we walked through the door, he spotted some wheels on a car and we were off! Machinery that you can make work with a push of a button, a... More

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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Where is the history about Book binding and printing such a small area about Pitman's Chivers ,George Baytons etc seems to all about one person surely if asked local people have loads of membramelia hidden away .l thought the museum was about Bath at Work?

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Salt Lake City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

This was a highlight of my trip to Bath. Clearly, the prior reviews were written by people who didn't enjoy it as much as I did, but I found it a fascinating exhibition of social history. Comprising the story of an individual machining and bottling business active over a hundred years in Bath, it tells the story of one family,... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

As other reviewers said, it's really mostly about one business. But the business did so many things, and the workshop was preserved so well, that we enjoyed it a lot. I wouldn't travel far to see it, but if you're in Bath, and have some time, it's well worth a visit. I now have a much better idea how brass... More

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everett, wa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Interesting to my wife and I. It is really a collection of the relics of a personal business, run by - apparently - a cheapskate who did very well for himself. I was interested in the factory as it was before government safety regs! No guards or safety details in this shop - no one thought of it back then!... More

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essex england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We enjoyed it , but it was mostly about one old business in Bath that they manage to buy the remnants of.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The faithfully reproduced factory settings were fascinating and gave real insight into the workings of a mid-1900s workshop. There was lots of information available and the displays were all wonderfully set out and visually appealing. This will delight anyone who is mechanically inclined or interested in how industry can shape a city.

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Adelaide, South Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This museum is different and very interesting. As the brochure says, 'The Bath engineering workshops and fizzy-pop factory of Victorian businessman J B Bowler closed in 1969 after nearly 100 years of trading. Tens of thousands of objects - from sealing wax to steam engines - are displayed in authentic settings.' In fact, the whole lot was carefully photographed and... More

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Basildon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This Museum all about Bath as it was many years ago. was excellent value for money. and totally absorbing!

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