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“Very nice -- but too expensive”
Review of American Museum

American Museum
Ranked #16 of 168 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 September 28, 2013

Nice collection, staff in costume, and many interesting exhibits, rooms, and pieces. Just too expensive -- perhaps having a ticket for multiple or annual visits in order to really have time to see everything would help add value.

Thank DC2florida
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AmericanMuseum, Marketing Manager at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share your views. We are constantly looking into how our admissions system works and are contented to find that we are a mid-priced attraction in the area. We are an independent charity that needs to charge admission and I hope that you are encouraged to learn that we are looking into the possibility of a season ticket for visitors who don't wish to become Members.
Having mentioned our Membership, if you live reasonably locally our membership scheme may be of interest. One single payment each year and you can visit as often as you like without paying admission and you would receive other benefits as well including discounts in the shops. Our membership is such good value for money, many people make use of this and are welcomed weekly, sometimes daily!
We're very pleased that you enjoyed the exhibits and hope that you do return to see future exhibitions and events.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Liked the layout of the rooms depicting various aspects of colonial life. It would have helped my appreciation if the rooms had carried a more visible timeline-I had to search out the information on small cards! There was a separate exhibition entitled "Gunslingers & Gangsters" which had many mementoes of the old wast as well as from the Roaring twenties-very enjoyable

Thank Yorkie46
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We've been going to Bath for a number of years but never made a visit to the American Museum before, so this time we thought we should make the effort. It was well wrorth it. Interesting displays of American history and the room displays were our highlights. The gunslingers and gangsters exhibition was also very enjoyable. The cafe was good value for money, with a lovely view across the grounds from the terrace. I could have sat there all afternoon. The Quilt collection was really interesting, and was enhanced by the room guide.

1  Thank Sue H
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Visited this museum two years ago and returned last weekend especially for the Gunslingers and Gangsters exhibition which I though was amazing , especially the Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia .A bonus was the American Civil war re-enacters in the garden , very authentic display , cannon fire and smoke included. The main building is well laid out, artefacts and room displays are eye catching and fairly easy to follow. As for the volunteers , they seemed to range from slightly indifferent to over cautious .Having re entered the main building after being in the garden ,the lady at the front desk seemed quite put out that I hadn't checked back in ! full marks go to the shuttle bus driver though... who was very helpful and informative ... telling us all about how the rooms are authentically decorated at Christmas time .Might plan a return visit for that !

1  Thank SurreyShamrock
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

The concept of rooms in early and colonial America gives one the feeling of what life was like for the early settlers. I really liked the way the whole museum was laid out. There was a guide in every room and their knowledge helped bring the exhibits to life. Well worth a visit. In addition I ate in the museum café and had very good value and filling lunch for a reasonable price.

1  Thank JohnA1943
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