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“A boutique museum with some stunning pieces”

Museum of East Asian Art
Ranked #38 of 156 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The mysteries and beauty of the Eastern world are preserved and artfully displayed in this Georgian house, which houses a collection of Oriental Art and Treasures dating from 5000 BC up to the present day.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A boutique museum with some stunning pieces”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

This is a small but exquisite museum. Its collection is dominated by porcelain, pots and other smaller objects some of which are over 3000 years old. Amidst Bath's Georgian and Regency overload it's wonderful to escape to the other side of the world and be reminded of the world beyond the eighteenth-century elites.

Visited April 2013
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English first
Denver, Colorado
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2013

The museum itself was fairly small which limited the pieces they could display. What they did have though was absolutely incredible. If you have a few days, it's worth a visit but I wouldn't call it a must see.

Visited December 2012
Thank Ryan S
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Bad Honnef, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We have seldom seen such exquisite Asian art outside China. Pity the rooms are so cramped, but the collection is certainly not sparse, on the contrary.

Visited December 2012
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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Beautiful and culturally interesting art”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Positives: Many of the attractions we wanted to visit in Bath were closed for December and after traipsing round town looking for something to do, we came across MEAA and were relieved to find that it was open! The pieces in this museum are incredible! There is a wonderful mix of ancient and modern art dating back to the 1st century AD) from all over East Asia (including Thailand, Korea, China, Vietnam and Japan). There is also a lot to learn about East Asian culture such as Chinese New Year and what different animals represent in the Chinese culture. It’s only 3 floors so there’s a lot to see- but not so much that you have to spend hours on end there. The location is great as the museum is very easy to find. The museum’s shop has some lovely East Asian things (ornaments, clothes, cards etc.) Finally, the staff are helpful, chatty, polite, interested and very friendly.

Negatives: Not really a negative, but it would be nicer if they had pieces from a wider variety of East Asian countries. I didn’t see anything from Malaysia, Indonesia or the Philippines.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank MadaTamberl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Workshop ok, but museum was sparse”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

I think they're doing a lot of remodeling on this museum, so perhaps I didn't visit it when it was at its optimum. We had a workshop about Chinese writing which went well, and a short introduction by looking at some of their porcelain animals (based on the Chinese zodiac). The painting exhibition they have right now had some nice pictures, but the whole thing is currently underwhelming.

Visited April 2012
Thank katpat23
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