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“Fascinating”

Museum of Bath at Work
Ranked #35 of 171 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

The faithfully reproduced factory settings were fascinating and gave real insight into the workings of a mid-1900s workshop. There was lots of information available and the displays were all wonderfully set out and visually appealing. This will delight anyone who is mechanically inclined or interested in how industry can shape a city.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

This museum is different and very interesting. As the brochure says, 'The Bath engineering workshops and fizzy-pop factory of Victorian businessman J B Bowler closed in 1969 after nearly 100 years of trading. Tens of thousands of objects - from sealing wax to steam engines - are displayed in authentic settings.' In fact, the whole lot was carefully photographed and set up again in this building so it's just like visiting the original - it even smells like a factory. I found the old 'shop front' and office particularly interesting, and there are other fascinating displays as well. I know nothing about manufacturing or tools or machinery, but I found it a fascinating step back in time.

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Reviewed January 26, 2013

This Museum all about Bath as it was many years ago. was excellent value for money. and totally absorbing!

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

As a local, I tend to know the local museums and sights; this is a museum worth hunting out as it shows a side of Bath far away from the romans, the georgians and all the other stuff the town is famous for.
Inside is a partial reconstruction of a factory that originally lived at the bottom end of town. Mr Bowler never threw anything away so you have a cornucopia of odd objects from a period of a 100 years or so. Give yourself time in the wonderfully reconstructed offices, shop, factory floor to absorb all of the details and tiny objects that were part of someone's working day - not Georgian ladies in hats, but ordinary working blokes, bosses in bowler hats, workers in caps. Also realise what we lost when people like this closed up, no more shops on the corner where you could get anything - rather than a trip to a chainstore shed with gormless staff.
There's a serve-yourself cafe on the top floor, a small shop with DVDs showing local events from the past (well worth £4) and knowledgeable staff that suceed in making you interested.
My wife and I visited during heritage week and we were glad we did.

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

You step back in time here just how it would have been the look smell dirt dust ,the busy old fashioned way,the original owners only bought secondhand machinery apart from two items. a great audio tour which you will be to, busy taking photos to hear it all and start again,this was great well worth a visit. For history or schools trips this is a a must, even the wife was very interested well worth the walk finding the place...

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