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“Lovely house and setting, over dense displays and wooden faced guides”
Review of American Museum

American Museum
Ranked #14 of 156 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.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Lovely house and setting, over dense displays and wooden faced guides”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

Very lovely house and gorgeous settingl Tea on terrace a must, but the very static exhibitions are marred by the wooden faced "guides" or rather "guards" in each room that made us feel like intruders...

Visited October 2013
Thank 22Mat
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AmericanMuseum, Marketing Manager at American Museum, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your views; we are disappointed that our Room Guides made you feel unwelcome as this is never our intention, quite the opposite.
Our helpful corps of volunteer guides are asked to respect our guests and ensure that everyone has an enjoyable visit; we shall take time in our training schedule to ask them to find the balance between too little interaction and too much.
Please return to enjoy more tea on the terrace with the views that seemed to fulfill your visit.
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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“Innovative, informative; a uniquely American museum.”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

I was in Bath with my 3 kids over 10 years old and wanted to do something a bit different with them. We thought the American Museum might be worth a look, figuring it was near enough to town to do something else if it turned out to be a bit 'pants' as they would say. No such worries! We could have spent HOURS there. The Tardis like interior of the gorgeously Georgian big house goes on and on, with displays and interactive areas that cover the entire human history of the USA. If there's an exhibition in the courtyard building, go and look, we were all amazed at the quality and rarity of the displays. Try to give yourself enough time to enjoy the garden too, it is stunning and even more breathtaking, set as it is in the rolling hills of the countryside, around one of Britain's most visually appealing cities. I'd love to take my American relatives there to get their take on everything from the sumptuously detailed quilts, to the pilgrim fathers dressing up area... such fun! Definitely worth another visit.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Helsbiggerpicture
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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“An eclectic mix of Americana”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

A delightful place, with stunning views around and from the garden and an interesting collection of artefacts, images and historical facts about early America. Well worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Neil M
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Letchworth ,
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“Spent much longer than we expected to.”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

We really enjoyed a visit to the American Museum .We ended up spending much longer there than we had anticipated as it was so interesting and there was so much to see .The museum is presented in Rooms of different periods .Al the volunteers were very friendly and informative .Wr also enjoyed the Gangsters and Gunslingers exhibition which is housed in a separate building .

Visited October 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Unique museum of American & native red-indian culture”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

This museum is off the beaten track in the hills to the East of Bath, but well worth an excursion (close to the Bath university campus and Bath cat & dogs Home).

The museum occupies the early 19th century Claverton Manor house and its grounds, purchased in the 1950's by the founders of the American Museum in Britain; which is unique outside of the US.

The museum charts the history of the USA, and displays many folk and decorative arts from native red-indians and the early settlers through to 20th century artifacts, including reconstructed rooms and dwellings of each period of American history, shipped over from the US.

There is a purpose built exhibition centre that currently has an interesting and fun exhibition on Gansters and Gunslingers, with many of the weapons and accoutrements of the infamous and famous people depicted. A shop is located in the exhibition centre with interesting books, toys, games and souvenirs.

The manor house has a cafe open from mid-morning, and there are regular and special events arranged throughout the year. Many locals go for lunch in the Orangery Cafe on a regular basis. There is also a shop with many North American produce and demonstrations in the grounds.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped and offer botanical and horticultural interests throughout the year, and there is a good children's play area.

Highly recommended, and worth revisiting at different times of the year.

NOTE: at the time of writing, the access road from the A36 Warminster Road is closed (for several months in 2013), so access is via the Bath University entrance on Claverton Down.

Visited May 2013
3 Thank BoABeauBear
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