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American Museum

Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
+44 1225 460503
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Interesting and different

This museum was a great surprise to me as until today I had never heard of it. But what a great... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
pbhPlymouth
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plymouth
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A lovely place to visit - amazing quilts

Situated on the hillside above Bath, this museum seems very tranquil after the hustle and bustle of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Carol H
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Cheshire, UK
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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“folk art” (34 reviews)
“period rooms” (19 reviews)
Opens in 13 min
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
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+44 1225 460503
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum was a great surprise to me as until today I had never heard of it. But what a great find, excellent display of American historical interiors, quilting, carpets and fashion. Plus interesting porcelain and paintings of the trade between America and China. Lovely...More

Thank pbhPlymouth
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi pbhPlymouth and thanks for dropping by. We like to think of ourselves as a hidden gem but not too hidden. Hope you'll help spread the word and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Situated on the hillside above Bath, this museum seems very tranquil after the hustle and bustle of the attractions in the town centre. Although the gardens open at 10.30 the house doesn’t open til 12pm. The gardens are nice to wander through and it refreshing...More

Thank Carol H
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Carol H and thanks for coming to see us. Great to hear you enjoyed your day. Hope we can entice you back for more tranquillity soon.

Reviewed 5 days ago

Very interesting, gardens are superb, can take the dog in gardens The exhibitions on the 1920's and the red Indiana carvings were great It was very informative about USA and the quilts exhibits were lovely

Thank X5587FMbrens
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi X5587FMbrens and thanks for the review. Thanks for dropping by and great to hear you enjoyed your day with us. Hope we'll see you again soon

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the place to find peace and tranquility, a great combination of lovely gardens and a very interesting museum. Warm congratulations to Ines for such a nice cafe to relax, with warm and cold food, and the very best scones you may find in...More

Thank Desi C
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Desi C and thanks for the fab review. Great to hear you enjoyed your day and the South Wests best scones! Hope we'll see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

AMiB had a really lovely feel to the place, all the staff were very friendly and helpful and the collection was fascinating (although I was with a toddler so this part was quite brief). The gardens were beautiful and the lawn was perfect to run...More

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

Hello HughBertHarris and thanks for coming to see us. So glad to hear you enjoyed your day with us. From your picture it sure does look like you both had fun. Hope we'll see you back at the Museum soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well recommended. Fabulous collection of clothes and photographs and beautifully curated. Great for all the family, fashion history and social history. It's all here.

Thank daisymarmalade
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi daisymarmalade and thanks for the recommendation. Hope we'll see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been going to Bath for a number of years and, until recently, I had never got round to visiting this museum, mainly because it is out of the main city centre. However, I was really impressed with the free shuttle bus from 'Bog Island'...More

Thank Carol C
AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Team at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Carol C and thanks for your kind words. Great to hear you enjoyed your day with us. Hope we'll see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were taken to the museum by a dedicated bus service from Bog Island in the city centre. I am so glad we visited it. The museum takes you through the ages of American living with each room depicting a different era. The quilt room...More

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

Hi Alison N and thanks for coming to see us. Great to hear you enjoyed your day and hope you'll tell all your friends and family about us.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

if this place was a couple of quid to get in, then maybe it would be ok, however its not only expensive, but there is nit much there at all. The café is expensive and not good, it gets 2 stars for the walk, not...More

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

Hello Wildest Lee and thanks for the review. Sorry to hear you 'simply did not get it'. Whilst we've got much more besides, we do hope that our website and other marketing materials give potential visitors a flavour of what to expect 'The only museum...More

Reviewed 20 May 2017

A short drive outside Bath, brings you to this very beautiful Museum set in open country with open spaced gardens and a spectacular vista from the back where there a very nice tea room that where you can get a reasonable lunch

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

Hi Harry D and thanks for the fab review. Great to hear you enjoyed your day and hope you'll come and see us again soon.

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LesleyD47
What religious sect was responsible for the household furniture and artefacts
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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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