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“Educational and inspiring”

Museum of Bath Architecture
Ranked #31 of 125 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This small museum was a highlight of my visit to Bath. Housed in the former chapel of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connection, the museum enables a visitor to learn a great deal about the growth of the city. Welcomed by a very pleasant and helpful volunteer who set the video running, I immediately felt happy and engaged. The video was excellent, and it was nice to see how the practical work of building was explained so carefully in the displays. Photographs, models and displays of tools covered the main building trades. A small room is devoted to the Countess of Huntingdon, who used to sit there when attending services at the chapel.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Janey A, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Bath Architecture, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hello Millie,
Thank you for your charming review which I've passed on to the volunteers. Feedback like this makes such a difference and we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit so much. Understanding how this beautiful Georgian city was built and developed makes such a difference when wandering it's streets...
Thanks again,

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Quite a small museum by some standards but well planned and laid out with lots of useful and informative exhibits on Bath development, materials of construction and techniques. Bonus is that it is housed in the old Chapel which itself has a fine history.
Well worth a visit and not far from main shopping area.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

The history of Bath architecture revealed in just a hour visit!
They have a city model of Bath - built on a 1:500 scale.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Nice little museum in an old chapel Great model of the city of Bath. Detailed exhibits about the architectural design of Georgian houses in Bath, with many models. Each trade is described and explored: architecture, masonry, wood carving, plasterers, roof construction, wallpaper, city design. Will appeal to those interested in Georgian Architecture.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Great place, from the detail to the grandeur of Bath this place covers it all. You should spend about two hours here although smaller children will probably get bored. There are two Lego stations which are set up with structured challenges and a, build your own magnificent building, challenge for children of all ages to have a go at. The entry fee was about £28 pound for a family of four.

In terms of what you would see you will get a great deal about building techniques and architectural styles and details which will enhance your enjoyment of the various buildings, crescents and streets that you walk round as you explore Bath physically. Bath is such a vast collection of interesting buildings that quite a lot of background and detail helps one appreciate just how marvellous it really is.

The models are beautifully made and the artefacts are arranged thoughtfully to illustrate their use or ornament. And the best thing is the massive model of bath laid out in a glass box. The box has buttons so you can light up particular landmark buildings of your choice. This is a brilliant tool for orienting your self and perhaps planning a route to take to see some of the architectural splendours described in the Museum.
found that my enjoyment of Bath was increased as I was able to discern details that I would have otherwisse walked past as we walked round.

If you love buildings or are a student of building (In the sense that anyone involved in building things is) then this is the place for you.

(The lights for the main model were not working when we went but you can still spend a long time looking at it)

Date of experience: February 2018
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