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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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10:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:30 - 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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Didn't know of this very interesting museum

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... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 was fantastic with some beautiful quilts displayed. We were lucky enough to see the special... More 

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

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. More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 far but nice views. Really wouldn't bother unless you got a deal to get in.

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

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 of American decorative and folk art outside the United States'. As a Bath/North East Somerset... More 

Bushey, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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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. More 

Solihull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cooky idea really to have an eclectic museum about America on a hill outside Bath. Not a must see but worth a trip especially if you are into decorative needlework which is outstanding.

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

Hello AdrianB144 and thanks for coming to see us. We've been cooky and unique since 1961. Hope you'll tell your friends and family about the views, folk art and our fab quilt collection. More 

Essex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

well worth trip (can get shuttle bus from Bath although we drove). genuine artifacts incluing recreated rooms dating back to mid C18. Folk art and country store shop selling genuine american products. Fascinating coupe of hours

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Hello MikeA15 and thanks for popping by to see us. Great to hear you enjoyed your day and hope we can tempt you back soon. More 

Deal, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this museum has some wonderful displays and rooms set out in the correct date and style,wonderful grounds and a display of flapper dresses relating to the jazz period

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

Hi nannyrita16 and thanks for your kind words. Hope you'll do some more time travelling at the American Museum in Britain very soon. More 

Oxford, UK
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here using our 2 for 1 gardeners world card. The visit was well worth our 2 hour journey. Parking was plentiful and free with a short walk to the grounds and museum itself. The gardens were beautiful and the views were amazing. We then entered the museum and they had activity back packs for different aged children. Our... More 

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

Hi kezzballs and thanks for the review. Great to hear you all enjoyed your day with us. Hope you'll tell all your friends about the stickers and views. More 

Fleet, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had not visited this for many years (over 40 years), seem to recall from when I visited as a child there were totem poles outside but no sign of these in the garden area. Saying that the museum was interesting, well laid out and with the added benefit of the Jazz Age special exhibition on until 29 October 2017. The... More 

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

Hi Barnstones and thanks for the review. Great to hear you enjoyed your day with us. Hope you'll not leave it another 40 years before coming back! More 

Bagshot, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Set in parkland on Claverton Hill Road (this ref may work better in your SatNav than the postcode). The gardens are nice to wander around; not extensive but pleasant enough with great views over Limpley Stoke Valley and the river. There is a small formal garden a copy of the Mount Vernon Garden of George Washington's home. The museum in... More 

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Hello ROGER P and thanks for the review. Great to hear you enjoyed your day with us and hope you'll come and see us again soon. More 

Chester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

good exhibitions and beautiful quilts, and dressing up box of pioneer items amusing.Appreciated free shuttle bus from Bath centre, friendly driver.

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

Hi mikebrain37 and thanks for coming t see us. Glad you enjoyed your time here and hope we might see you again soon. More 

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