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American Museum

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Address: Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD, England
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+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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Why wouldnt you visit the American museum? Telling the story of how the British colony became the most powerful country in the world is both compelling and informative. plus you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Why wouldnt you visit the American museum? Telling the story of how the British colony became the most powerful country in the world is both compelling and informative. plus you have the dichotomy that the museum is in Bath, the famous 18th century influenced, and Roman founded, city. The museum has various exhibitions on, one recently was the titanic exhibit,... More 

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Maybe not the first place of interest which springs to mind when visiting Bath and a little off the beaten track but definitely worth investigating. Lots of information, pictorial and written which intrigued and amazed me. Also, a great tea room.

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We are a little bit out-of-the-way, but we do offer a free shuttle bus service from the centre of Bath, and we like to think we're worth the effort! More 

Corsham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

This museum is well worth a visit and it's great for all people and groups, very well laid out, interesting and informative with a superb orangery for refreshments afterwards. Good to use the complimentary shuttle bus that picks up and drops off by Parade gardens.

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

Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Hope you come back soon! More 

england
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Took my grandchildren along today. This was my first visit in 20 years. We all loved it . very child friendly and great staff. Wish we had more time to use the café and in the sprng the gardens look great to explore.

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

Delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit with your Grandchildren. Have a lovely Christmas and we'll hope to see you in the spring! More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Didn't expect to spend so long here but the volunteers were so friendly, informative and in one case funny, that we were there 3 and a half hours and need to go back to see the rest.

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

Glad to hear our volunteers kept you entertained. They are an amazing bunch of people, we couldn't run the museum without them! More 

Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

If you have already seen all the Romand and 'British' attractions in Bath, it might be worth to visit the American Museum. There is a courtesy service bus between the town centre and the Museum, which is located nearby the University of Bath (steep hill...). The museum contains some interesting / diverse exhibitions for all family members... , some rooms... More 

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

Lovely to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Museum. Hope to see you again soon! More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

The foil, Mexican-style decorations in the entrance lobby give it away. Somehow this museum has lost any sense of being American. It had been closed a while so that complicated, wordy and sentimental notices now fantasise about what might be going on in each room setting - but which actually get in the way of seeing and enjoying what is... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. The American Museum closes for three weeks in November for the installation of our Christmas displays. Our Period Rooms are completely transformed during our Christmas season, with different scenes created in each room using items from our collection which are not normally on display. We therefore think it is important to provide written interpretation to communicate... More 

Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Lots of interesting facts and memorabilia detailing America's past. The set rooms were atmospheric and the stewards were well informed and friendly.

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

Thank you for your kind review, its always great to hear our wonderful room guides appreciated. Hope to see you again. More 

Bridgend
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 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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AmericanMuseum, Visitor Experience Officer at American Museum, responded to this review

So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your guided tour of the museum. Our tour guides certainly are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and I'm sure they enjoyed taking you around! Hope to see you again. More 

Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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

Very pleased that your expectations were exceeded during your visit with us. Great that you came on a day when we had one of our Quilting Bee groups in as they are always keen to chat and share their expertise with people. Thank you for the review, we hope to see you again soon. More 

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