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“Worth an hour or two in Bath”

Museum of Bath Architecture
Ranked #42 of 171 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 30, 2013

I was in Bath for the Jane Austen Festival (Sept. 2013) and went on a number of walking tours where I learned just a tiny bit about how the city was constructed and some of the challenges the planners of Georgian Bath had to overcome. So I made a point of squeezing in a trip to the Building of Bath museum to try to get a better understanding of the construction of the houses and the city itself. It was definitely worth the time.

I also was interested in the history of the building the collection is housed in...the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel. This woman's interest Methodist Christianity and the chapels she built around the country is a fascinating story in itself.

I'm not a construction or architecture buff, particularly. Mostly a history enthusiast, really. I thought the exhibits were quite clear and interesting for someone without a tremendous amount of technical background.

1  Thank Debra A
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Keep in mind that this place is of the most interest for those who like building, construction, renovation, and urban planning history. For me it was great! You get to see the evolution of the city of Bath, how the layout was planned, and then how all those gorgeous buildlings were constructed. I loved the latter exhibits that showed the cross sections of the walls,and the hand tools that were used to build doors and windows 100 years ago. It is probably not an all day visit, but a good 2-4 hours can be spent if you like trade crafts such as structural work, carpentry, both stoen and brick masonry, and fine interior finish work. It's best to visit after you've seen some of Bath, but before you finish your stay, so that you can take a second look at buildings with what you've learned in the museum. This is very much worth the £5 admission.

2  Thank Doug_B_from_Texas
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Can only echo what others say - Visit this early doors so you understand what Bath is all about and how it evolved!

Only £5 admission per person (and if you visit 1 Royal Crescent too, you get a joint discount ticket) and the price for what you get is about right.

We went on a Sunday afternoon when it was empty - Absolutely no one else was there - You start with a 20 minute DVD on Bath which if you have time to watch, is worthwhile. You then move onto the exhibition and mainly placard boards to read alongside displays. There is a large model of Bath in the middle of the room which is stunning. It's awesome just looking at it and the detail included.

A good little hidden museum about 5 minutes out of the city centre.

2  Thank siramisp
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Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

This museum interestingly captures how the beautiful Georgian structures that comprise Bath came to be built. For example, house basements were built on grade, then the street filled in to meet the level of the entry doors above. The planning and layout of the city were fascinating, especially for their day. Agree with earlier comments to see this early in one's stay.

Thank 56Fiona
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

This museum is very suited for those interested in building techniques for the houses in Bath. Explains the construction as well as the reasons and materials used. Spend about an hour

Thank BenPon
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