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American Museum

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Address: Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 460503
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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. Cafe & Gardens open from 10.30am. Closed Mondays except during August and Bank Holidays. Christmas season Mid-November to Mid-December, Tuesday -Sunday, 12-4.30pm. Cafe open from 11am. Closed Mondays. Free shuttle bus from Bath city centre to the museum throughout afternoon, see website for schedule.

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This museum is an interesting piece of American history in the UK. One of the guides said it was the only American museum outside of America! I like that the museum does not focus... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Emmeline P
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is an interesting piece of American history in the UK. One of the guides said it was the only American museum outside of America! I like that the museum does not focus on one aspect of US history, but rather has lots of information about US history throughout the years since colonisation. It also has an excellent section... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Free shuttlebus from the centre of Bath to the Museum. We went as it was "something to do", not something we desperately wanted to see. However we are really glad we went. It is fascinating, not at all what we expected. The exhibition in the Museum starts in the basement and follows the progress of America starting with the Red... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Stumbled across this on the way to Bath, and so glad I did. It's not the grandest of museums, but it's well planned, interactive, and full of helpful guides. The special exhibit was underwhelming, but the permanent collection was lovely. A bit off the beaten path, so not swamped with people... making it one of the few places I was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located on the grounds of Bath university the museum occupies he former Claverton Manor. Laid out in a series of authentic rooms featuring actual furniture and wood panelling it takes the visitor on a time travel experience from the Pilgrim fathers to the eve of the American civil war. There are beautiful gardens (a recreation of George Washington's own) together... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here on a lovely sunny day, the gardens are beautiful and lovely to stroll around. The cafe have tables out doors as well so you can enjoy a coffee and take in the views of the country side. We went primarily for the American toy story expo but it was disappointing and small. If your a hard core... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spend a pleasant time visiting different periods in American history and learn painlessly about the the Settlers and their part in America. The museum has a Bengo restaurant that provides light refreshments. The museum is in quite extensive gardens.

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Thank John B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not the best. We went specifically to see the toy story collection. It was a very small collection & we were not allowed to take photos during our visit. There was only 1 guide who seemed happy to interact with visitors & that was the lovely gentleman in the tavern. The cafe was over priced with a carton of juice,... More 

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Thank Josannestapeley
AmericanMuseum, Head of Visitor Experience at American Museum, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed in your visit. Unfortunately we have had to ask visitors to refrain from taking photos in An American Toy Story because so many of the objects on display are licensed and affected by copyright law. Visitors are encouraged to take photos in the interactive area and throughout the Museum itself. I will pass... More 

Bedale
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to take the free shuttle bus from the centre of Bath and visit the American Musuem. Told if was the only one of its kind in the world outsid the USA. The driver was very knowledgeable about throw the museum was set up, and any potential future happenings, well worth turning up few minutes early to get the latest... More 

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Thank Andy L
AmericanMuseum, Head of Visitor Experience at American Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. Our shuttle bus driver really enjoys talking to visitors about the history of the Museum, so you always get a little extra information if you come by bus! More 

Brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fabulous and well interprepreted museum, taking you from the 17th Centuary to the pleasent day. Illustrating the history of America through demonstration rooms, and an interactive timeline, I really enjoyed my visit - my last was in 1987! The highlight today, as in 1987, were the quilts and tapestries. Refreshments are available, inbuding a cup of Boston Tea Party... More 

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AmericanMuseum, Head of Visitor Experience at American Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. We try and offer plenty to keep young visitors busy too— our Museum Explorer backpacks are available to borrow and are full of activities to help under 11s enjoy the Museum. Hope to see you again soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a nice outing! Excellent location for nature views in quiet and beautiful surroundings. Large house containing the museum of the history of Noth America colonisation with reproduction of several rooms of different class ambience, videos and objects from the american natives. Worthwhile paying the price ticket! Free 10" drive shuttle bus from Bath center so you still can get... More 

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AmericanMuseum, Head of Visitor Experience at American Museum, responded to this review

So glad to hear you enjoyed the Museum. We love the Folk Art Gallery too! More 

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