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American Museum

Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
+44 1225 460503
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Although out of the city and difficult to access without your own transport, it would be a shame to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
malcsaville
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Stroud, United Kingdom
Wonderful information

This museum provide a splendid overview of American history. Cowboy and Indian sections especially... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
trevorbart
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Umberleigh, United Kingdom
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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.
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Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Although out of the city and difficult to access without your own transport, it would be a shame to miss this little gem. The history of the place is interesting - why America in Britain? The displays are well done and of interest to all...More

Thank malcsaville
Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum provide a splendid overview of American history. Cowboy and Indian sections especially recommended. Special exhibition "The Jazz Age" somewht diappointing as it was really about clothing fashion and nothing to do with the wonderful lsic of the time.More

Thank trevorbart
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi trevorbart and thanks for coming to see us. Great to hear you enjoyed your day. We do try and name our exhibitions so as not to mislead in this case - 1920's Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs but feedback is always helpful and will...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to see with genuine whole room displays brought over from USA to prevent destruction by new town builders.

Thank Spymaster_13
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Spymaster_13 and thanks for the kind words. Hope you'll be back soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating history of America beautifully set up in the house. Rooms from different eras with original furniture. I loved the display of wilts and if you are interested in quuiting this is a must visit collection. Brilliant and well informed guides.

Thank Caroline P
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Caroline P and thanks for coming to see us again. Hope we can entice you back for a third time soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

At the time of visiting the museum there were 2 temporary exhibitions, Jazz era costumes and the amazing work of Bargello embroiderer Joyce Petschek. Both stunning and incredibly interesting. The museum also houses a fantastic collection of American quilts. In addition the history of settlers...More

Thank Fiona M
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Fiona M and thanks for the review. Great to hear you enjoyed your day with us and hope you'll be back for more exploring and cake soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We caught the free bus from the centre of bath mid afternoon on a Saturday. We spent about 2 hours there and visited the jazz exhibition (fabulous), all three floors of the main house and the folk art wing. We were quite pushed for time...More

Thank 2ER
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello 2ER and thanks for your review. Great top hear you enjoyed your afternoon with us and hope you'll pop back for more exploring soon. We definitely advise a full day!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A unique museum with rooms set out to reflect early American life. Many fascinating and valuable exhibits. A wonderful display of quilting - with examples changed from a large collection. Additional exhibitions are provided - one on costumes from the jazz age when we visited....More

Thank simondaunt
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello simondaunt and thanks for your kind words. Great to hear you enjoyed your day with us and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guides in the rooms are very good, which made the walk round a lot more enjoyable. Only drawback is the cost of getting in at £12 a bit pricey, if it was half the price i'm sure there would be ten times more visitors.More

1  Thank ray p
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi ray p and thanks for popping by to see us. Great to hear you enjoyed your day. We like to think our admission price is comparable with other (non government funded) Museums and historic destinations. The ticket price includes access to the permanent collection,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After reading about the museum cafe, we decided to visit just for lunch. We knew we would not have time to go round the museum, as had a busy schedule that day. We took the open top bus, which on the leaflet had a stop...More

Thank marymary27
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello marymary27 and thanks for the review. We're sorry to hear that you thought the 2 people you spoke to at the ticket office were unhelpful and not welcoming. We understand you might have been given incorrect information from the open top bus driver/operators about...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017

The American Museum is a great place to visit. They always have a great selection of historical Patchwork quilts including very old coverlettes, and traditional pieced quilts. In addition to the quilts they have themed events to view. Always worth checking their website prior to...More

Thank justineswann
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello justineswann and thanks for coming to see us. Great to hear you enjoyed your day. Hope we'll be able to welcome you back soon.

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Fransan2014
24 August 2017|
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Response from AmericanMuseum | Property representative |
Hi Fransan2014 and sorry for delay in getting back to you. Sorry but nothing this year, other than our Kaffe Fassett inspiration corner in our Gallery shop. Kaffe's a great friend of the Museum and we KNOW he'll be back... More
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LesleyD47
2 March 2016|
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Response from AmericanMuseum | Property representative |
Thank you for posing this question Lesley. Our Period Rooms span 200 years of American domestic life from 1690 to 1860, many simply showing the craftsmanship of the early colonies through to the new Independent United... More
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