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“A Museum Celebrating Work. 5 Stars.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Bath at Work

Museum of Bath at Work
Camden Works | Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RH, England
+44-1225-318348
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Ranked #27 of 69 Attractions in Bath
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Brooklyn
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“A Museum Celebrating Work. 5 Stars.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

We arrived about 15 minutes early and just sat outside in the chill. An older gentleman arriving for work saw us and kindly just let us in. We were charmed immediately.

"This museum was established in 1978 to present the commercial development of Bath over the last 2000 years and includes displays on four floors. The main exhibit is the reconstruction of an engineering and mineral water making business set up by Victorian entrepreneur Jonathan Bowler in 1864." ~ Wikipedia

It began with a little talk with the curator at the very old front desk. They hit you over the head with history right off the bat as the entrance looks like it came right out of the 1800's. There are timeless artifacts everywhere. It's an onslaught on the senses and the pictures very well take themselves.

Different levels tell different stories and the sights are mostly at arm's length - but I don't advise you to try and touch them. This is valuable stuff here.

Not much more to say here. I'll upload some photos and you can have a look.

Visited September 2011
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English first
Exeter, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

Really interesting. Who knew that plasticine was invented in Bath! And, the chap on reception was great.

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Bath UK
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Bath's best museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2008

As a Bath resident, I may be biased - but I also know my local museums. Many of them are very good - but this one is excellent. It is easy to think of Bath itself as a museum, with tourism its only industry. This museum proves that to be wrong. The working lives of Bathonians through the ages are represented here, and represented in a way that makes the subject entertaining and full of interest.

How many people know that a local company not only invented timer switches but also made cars? That company was Horstmann's - and the museum recently organised a rally in Royal Victoria Park where there were several Horstmann cars, including one which had raced at Brooklands. Stone quarrying, engineering, coal mining, printing, cabinet-making - the story of all of these industries is told here. But at the heart of the museum is the Bowler collection - the artefacts from a remarkable shop and light engineering firm that turned its hand to mineral water making. If you've ever wondered what codswallop and twaddle were all about - you'll find out here!

This museum is not to be missed. Just five minutes walk from the Assembly Rooms, it's well worth the trip.

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