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Museum of Bath Architecture

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Address: Bath BA1 5NA, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 333 895
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The Museum is now closed for the winter, reopening on 13 February 2016.

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The Museum is now closed for the winter, reopening on 13 February 2016.

This unique collection interprets the rich architectural history of Bath and the men who transformed a provincial town into the world famous Georgian Spa. It demonstrates how classical design influenced the buildings and illustrates the construction of a house from the cellars to the rafters. Based in the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, the building is also home to the Bath Model, a fully detailed architectural model of the historic city centre, giving a unique insight into the layout of the Georgian City.

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Small but really interesting

The museum is established in one room, a former Presbyterian Church founded by the Countess of Huntingdon. It presents the visitor with aspects of history into how the dominant... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2016
damienfinlayson
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Tatura, Australia

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my friend was visiting Bath for the Jane Austen festival and decided to check out some museums while we were there. At the Bath Fashion museum they had a campaign offering of three tickets,one to the fashion museum itself ,one to the Royal Crescent One and one to the Museum of Bath Architecture. Me and my friend made... More 

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Thank Sofia K
No1RoyalCrescent, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Bath Architecture, responded to this review

Dear Sofia. What a shame you didn't like the museum! It is the smallest of the three you visited, for certain, but along with No. 1 Royal Crescent and the Fashion Museum the idea of the combined 'Go Georgians' ticket is to reveal the whole story behind Bath's development as a fashionable and decadent destination. Jane Austen marvelled at the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't unfortunately. Paid for 2 tickets, walked for ages up steep cobbled hills only to find it closed for next 2 days. Next opening time would be the afternoon we travelled home.

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Thank Barry T
No1RoyalCrescent, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Bath Architecture, responded to this review

Dear Barry. We're sorry you found us closed and I'd really like to find out where you bought your tickets from as they should have told you the opening times there and then. Was it a combined ticket? Our opening times are clearly stated on our website and on the Visit Bath tourism website. I'm a bit confused because we... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly interactive and informative museum on architecture in Bath. Interesting demonstrations of building techniques as well as drawings and models of Georgian architecture. The Huntington chapel has an interesting pedigree of its own. Architecture is the heart of Bath and this museum tells you what it is about.

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Tatura, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

The museum is established in one room, a former Presbyterian Church founded by the Countess of Huntingdon. It presents the visitor with aspects of history into how the dominant 17th Century architecture for which Bath is famous (other than the Roman baths of course) came to be both through inception and execution. It's a great little museum, it doesn't take... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

I think this will become far better in time but it's obviously strapped for cash and cannot display much of its exhibits which you can see on the upper balcony but not get to.

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Thank mbryant2016
Janey A, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Bath Architecture, responded to this review

Dear M Bryant. I'm very sorry to sense your disappointment but just wanted to clarify that the museum does display its whole collection PLUS the temporary exhibitions on the panels in the middle of the room. The upstairs balcony (the building is a converted Chapel and these areas would have been seating for congregation and musicians) is a storage area... More 

Pontypool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

As I'm fascinated by the history of Bath's architecture, on the whole I enjoyed my visit to this museum. However, I did feel there was considerable room for improvement, especially for the layperson who has no prior knowledge of Bath's history. Having said that, I appreciate that there is probably next to no budget for re-developing the museum. On arrival... More 

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Thank PebbleL
Bath, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

My husband loved this museum, and he understood all the construction information about carving stone or plastering, but I was bored, although intrigued by the private back room where the Countess of Huntingdon sat in the chapel (now the museum). The building itself is awkward for a museum, and awfully designed, at odds with the beautiful buildings it describes being... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Worth an hour, especially looking at the maps. A good selection of books in the little shop. Hidden between some buildings.

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Thank Annabel44
Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

This museum is quite small (Actually one very large room), but I spent three hours just getting through it. It is well organized and full of interesting displays. You get to learn the history of how many things were madden the 17th and 18th century, from stone cutting, toglass blowing and plastering, to lead roof flashing. Everything was fascinating. For... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

The Museum is located on the Part of the A4 known as the Paragon, even as locals it took us a while to locate. If you are walking out from the city centre the left hand side of the road that is on a raised pavement is where you need to be heading, if you get to the Star Inn... More 

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