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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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We hired the stable block for our daughter's wedding and had the most amazing time. Julian was an absolute gem as an organiser and facilitator of their plans and I cannot praise... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Bath, United Kingdom

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We hired the stable block for our daughter's wedding and had the most amazing time. Julian was an absolute gem as an organiser and facilitator of their plans and I cannot praise him highly enough for his calm demeanour. We were given access the day before to decorate and again the day after to dismantle it all. Basically, whatever the... More 

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Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A delightful museum in a lovely setting, a pleasure to visit. Warm, friendly informative staff with genuine enthusiasm. Delicious cafe. Would recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you plan to visit check with the Information Centre for free shuttle bus times to get up to the museum. It is well worth a visit offering a hefty slice of Americana in a wonderful building with great views of the countryside from the terrace. The grounds themselves are extensive and worth exploring if the weather is good. There... More 

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

The American Museum is a hidden gem . Someway out of town by the University but there is a free shuttle bus. Pleasant gardens and tea room on the terrace the museum holds some interesting pieces and tributes to American Colonial Life - worth a detour

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

Thanks for the review. The Museum is indeed a little tucked away, but we feel this adds to our charm! Please do help us spread the word by telling friends and family. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Hopewell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The American Museum enjoys a gorgeous setting overlooking Bath and has put together a comprehensive series of rooms to tell the story of America. It's great for anyone wanting to know more about American history. It has a cafe, beautiful gardens, an herb shop, and a separate exhibit space. There is a free shuttle that leaves from downtown Bath that... More 

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

We're really glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Its always interesting to have an American perspective on the Museum! Hope to see you again. More 

Horley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited as part of a coach group and found the museum extremely interesting especially the room settings also it was obviously good for families with lots of things for children to do. The cafe was very good and the outside terrace was a brilliant place to sit with a cup of tea and admire a stunning view

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

So glad you all enjoyed your trip, and had good weather in which to admire our view! More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is a few miles outside of Bath, reached by a narrow country road. The ticket booth is at the entrance of the car park. There was plenty of parking available when we were there. If you live locally you can get a 2 for 1 admission with the Bath card. You can just pay to go in the... More 

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

Many thanks for the review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having been to Bath a couple of times before I was keen to step off the Georgian/Roman trail & am glad I picked the American Museum! A big plus for this place is all the wonderful and friendly staff. Every time you walk into the room there is someone to talk you through interesting facts or features of the displays.... More 

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

Delighted you enjoyed your trip, and found our volunteers helpful. They are a very knowledgeable bunch, the Museum wouldn't be the same without them! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Log cabin quilts, rag rugs, great vignettes to early American settler life and Shaker living in a beautiful setting. Lovely gardens too.

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Glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks! More 

Melksham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My Son visited with his gran parents with stroke club and had a very entertaining visit and wasnt bored once. He was very exited on his return and loved it. We have been there ourselves and it is very good to visit if your in the Bath area

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

Glad to hear that all generations have enjoyed the Museum! Hope to see you again soon. More 

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