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“A Good Specialist Museum”

Museum of Bath Architecture
Ranked #45 of 156 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Museum is now closed for the winter, reopening on 13 February 2016. This unique collection interprets the rich architectural history of Bath and the men who transformed a provincial town into the world famous Georgian Spa. It demonstrates how classical design influenced the buildings and illustrates the construction of a house from the cellars to the rafters. Based in the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, the building is also home to the Bath Model, a fully detailed architectural model of the historic city centre, giving a unique insight into the layout of the Georgian City.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Bristol, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A Good Specialist Museum”
Reviewed 6 January 2012

Lots of information on the building of Bath, so mostly about 18th century stones. Housed in a lovely old chapel, it has a model of the city. Check opening times - closes for the winter.

Visited June 2011
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Bellingham, Washington
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very educational”
Reviewed 4 January 2012

I did't know much about Bath and this museum did a splendid job of teaching me a bit of her history. There are artifacts from past times from the city, old photos of the city with descriptions, and other artifacts recalling the time when the baths were discovered.

Visited December 2011
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Bath
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Lovely little museum - deserves greater recognition”
Reviewed 24 November 2011

There are many better-known museums in Bath and this one is very slightly off the beaten track, but is well worth a quick detour en-route to the Assembly rooms, the Circus and the Royal Crescent. Housed in the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, a wonderful building in it's own right, this collection will tell you everything you could possibly need to know about the architecture of Bath. There are great maps, aerial photographs and models of the city at different times and lots of information about the construction of the buildings and the skills, crafts, tools and materials whch were used.

The museum is usually staffed by friendly and well-informed volunteers, but you may be lucky enough to find one of the incredibly knowlegeable and helpful curators to give you a tour! A great starting place for your visit if you are interested in the architecture and history of Bath- you will view the city through different eyes afterwards!

Visited April 2011
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West Yorkshire England
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Visit here first if you can”
Reviewed 26 October 2011

We had walked round the Circus and the Crecent before visiting this amazing little museum with the video that has you seeing Bath quite differently. When you come out you look for candle snuffers on the walls and boot scrapers on the causeways and count the window pains to see who had their windows lowered -
absolutely brilliant

Visited October 2011
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London
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54 reviews
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“A fascinating insight into the architecture of Bath”
Reviewed 5 August 2011

This collection houses many maps of the city over the centuries; a scale model of the city; information about the architects and a display of the tools of their trade. The video presentation is not to be missed if you are really keen on learning how the Georgian city came to be and the glories of Palladian architecture. If like me you are interested in such topics as how advances in glass production affected the design of windows in Bath, then head for the sash window display! Aside from the scale model of the city, which has push button illuminations, there is a small childrens' activity area.

Visited August 2011
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