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American Museum
Ranked #19 of 178 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 5, 2012

The Christmas rooms were lovely! There are also 2 excellent gift shops and a very nice cafe. The cookies are superb!

1  Thank RaymondoSurrey
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

I have been an infrequent visitor. ever since my Aunt Peggy used to get us in for free, back in the 60's when she worked as a hostess, handing out ginger bread to visitors. Great re-enactments, the museum is as great as it is to see the beautiful house and grounds.

Thank Chris R
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Could spend all day here! So much to see, some interactive things for children, so much information all beautifully laid out. They do nice lunches and snacks and a demonstration of period soldiers marching and firing guns!

1  Thank Emma P
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

I'm still slightly confused as to why there should be an American Museum in Bath. It's a nice building, but I've never though much else about it.

1  Thank TheGorrilla
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AmericanMuseum, Marketing Manager at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2012

You are not alone in your confusion, many visitors come along as they are intrigued as to why there should be such a museum here and happily go away having enjoyed what they found. Our origin was back in the late 1950s when two gentlemen felt that Britain should see how America had evolved since the early settlers, especially in the aspect of the Decorative Arts. Inspired by different museums in the States, they decided to use original rooms and furniture from America and place them in date order through Claverton Manor. It became apparent that visitors wanted to know the history of America as well as being able to see how families lived and exhibition areas have been added and events scheduled to show this.
More information can be found on our website or please come along to see for yourself; either for the Christmas displays over the next three weeks or next year when we re-open in March with our Gangsters & Gunslingers special exhibition.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

My partner and I visited the American Museum last month, it was for the American Civil War re-enactment day. Which i hasten to add, was a waste of time and really wasn't realistic. However, the museum made up for the disappointment, the house was fascinating. Its changed! We use to go to the museum alot a few years ago, but the prices went up and the museum seemed to be stuck in time and didnt change the inside. It was nice to see besides the quilts, there was alot more interesting things to see this time. They've done away with the working kitchen which is rather disappointing, and made it into a children's games room. Although it still looks like a kitchen. There are alot more to do, including the exhibition at the time held in the stables. There's certainly alot more there for your money, and I would say if you paid the £9 entry fee these days to get in, you wont be disappointed. It will take at least an afternoon to get around it all.
I would recommend it for families and couples, its a lovely day out and can be very relaxing.
Restaurant is in the orangery and on a nice day you can sit outside on the patio which governs a fantastic view of the valley.

i recommend going there when they have their Christmas deco's up. Thats a time not to be missed, and being American its all about being bigger and Better, which it has been in the past, so i doubt if they will disappoint this time. All the decorations are normally grown in the garden. And when the museum celebrates July 4th.

Parking is close by, they have added a hand rail from the car park to the house. Which was very welcomed by myself. It isn't flat this place, so be prepared to walk up and down over slopes. Its not recommended if you struggle to walk or have hip pain (as I do) If you have a disabled buggy, then accessibility is limited, however not impossible. But you can park the car in the special areas for people who carry disabled badges..
There are washroom facilities and a disabled Toilet.

Thank radicol2001
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AmericanMuseum, Marketing Manager at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 9, 2012

Sorry to hear you were disappointed with our Civil War Re-enactment this year. The re-enactments have always been very popular but we are always looking for ways to improve our events and will keep your comments in mind when looking to plan a similar event in 2013.
The compliments you gave to the progress the Museum has made since your previous visit, are very much appreciated and we sincerely hope that your next visit won't be long away - especially as our Christmas season opens on 23 November and, as you say, it plans to be bigger and better!

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