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American Museum

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Address: Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 460503
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12:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Situated in a glorious Georgian manor house within 120 acres of wonderful...

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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We visited as part of a group from porthcawl. We where given guided tours in small groups around the museum . The lady who showed us around was very knowledgeable and answered all... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Bridgend
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited as part of a group from porthcawl. We where given guided tours in small groups around the museum . The lady who showed us around was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions , but she explained that if we returned in the future, in all areas/ rooms of the museum there where files which explained the exhibits... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It sounds very weird to have an American Museum in Bath or rather out near the University. They’ve moved whole house interiors here from the US and set them up with furniture and belongings to make them look like they are still lived in. They also have an interesting collection of American folk art and ladies were demonstrating quilting. There... More 

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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I returned for a second visit as I didn't get a chance to explore the grounds on my first visit to the museum. On the whole, I was disappointed by the gardens as they were uninteresting and had an un-cared for feel in certain areas. It was also disappointing not to be able to enter the arboretum, the sign said... More 

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AmericanMuseum, Head of Visitor Experience at American Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. I am sorry to hear you found the grounds disappointing. We are about to embark on a major gardens redevelopment project, so I hope you will find the grounds improved next time you visit. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the rest of the house. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With all the presidential election cafuffle, thought it was about time I brushed up on American history knowledge. Now in my 60s knowledge sketchy and not fully covered in our school days. The basement area where the story begins is brimming with Info, however quite confining and warm, without windows. The guides at all levels engaged well. The Manor itself... More 

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AmericanMuseum, Head of Visitor Experience at American Museum, responded to this review

Delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Bath
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have taken our children up here countless times, love the grounds and temp exhibitions they put on! Cool cafe and our children loved the trees beyond the grass! they spent hours in there!

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AmericanMuseum, Head of Visitor Experience at American Museum, responded to this review

Thanks! Hope to see you all again soon. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

quite expensive out of town museum. lovely location but you need transport to get there. museum is curated in an imaginative way and there was a lot to keep my kids interested - stuff to touch and dress up etc. We were there at the end of the day though and we felt like they couldn't get rid of us... More 

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AmericanMuseum, Head of Visitor Experience at American Museum, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear you felt rushed at the end of the day, and will address this with the team here at the Museum. I am, however, glad to hear that you and your children found the Museum engaging. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

A brilliant look at the whole history of America - great attention to detail and many beautiful rooms to reflect life across the centuries.

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Thank you for the review, hope to see you again! More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Lovely views of surrounding countryside from the grounds. A very interesting way to learn about American History. The whole place has been created rather well. It brings the history to life making it very real, a must for school children I would think.

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AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Officer at American Museum, responded to this review

Thank you! It's always great to hear the museum has brought history to life for our visitors, great that you had a chance to see the wonderful views as well. We do get lots of school groups who always seem to enjoy themselves!. Hope to see you again. More 

Honiton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We had been several years ago during December , so the house was decorated for Christmas. If anything we enjoyed our visit more this time, finding the toy exhibition a poignant reminder of toys through the decades. We enjoyed baked potato with an American twist in the café which was well cooked before exploring the house and gardens. The guides... More 

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AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Officer at American Museum, responded to this review

We're happy to hear you had an enjoyable second visit with us! Thank you for your helpful feedback about increasing labels in the gardens, this will be passed on to our gardening team. More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This beautiful manor house in an idyllic setting overlooking the Limpley Stoke valley gives you a tour through the ages of American decorative arts and interiors. I could look at the folk art gallery and the quilt room over and over again. If you are lucky enough to visit on one of the re-enactment days you are in for a... More 

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