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Museum of East Asian Art
Ranked #40 of 182 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The mysteries and beauty of the Eastern world are preserved and artfully displayed in this Georgian house, which houses a collection of Oriental Art and Treasures dating from 5000 BC up to the present day.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This small museum provided an elegant beginning to my second day in Bath. Stepping into the shop to buy my ticket, I was struck by the very attractive way the various gifts were arranged. Taking the lift up to the second floor, I was fortunate to have the room to myself. There were some very old pieces that had a timeless quality about them. I was struck by how many generations have passed through while they had remained, encapsulating beauty. The atmosphere was quite sacred, quiet and recollected.
Going down a floor, unfortunately for me a very talkative group of ladies were looking round which broke the spell somewhat. A fair bit of showing off was going on, quite amusing, as my level of prior knowledge was negligible. On the ground floor was a very small but quite interesting exhibition about Japanese men's clothing, and how netsuke carvings were used as hooks to attach oddments they wanted to carry round to their sashes or obes. This is a very pleasant small museum, in an attractive old house, with helpful staff. I enjoyed my visit.

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Must visit!
A small version of British museum - East department, but less people around and more quiet rooms.
We saw ''Dressed to impress - Netsuke and Japanese Men’s Fashion", it was great!

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

Found this little museum almost by accident. Not knowing much about east Asian art I learned such a lot while I was there. There was an interesting temporary exhibition of netsuke and the staff were very helpful and happy to explain about the artefacts and answer our questions. A treasure house of beautiful objects.

Thank Tricia B
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

This small museum is in Bennett Street, almost opposite the Fashion Museum, in a restored Georgian house. It is the only museum solely dedicated to the arts and cultures of East and South East Asia in the UK.
The founder, Brian McElney, worked for more than 35 years in Hong Kong and was once President of the Hong Kong Law Society. He built up a vast collection of about 2,000 objects ranging from about 5,000 BC to the present day.
The collection includes ceramics, jades, bronzes, bamboo carvings and natural wood sculptures. Several temporary exhibitions are held each year, and 2018 will mark the 25th anniversary of the museum with an exciting exhibition and events programme.
The museum is spread across several floors ( but there is a lift) and it is well organised, well lit and with very friendly, helpful staff.
There is a wheelchair and ramp available if needed. It is open everyday from 10am until 5pm ( 12 noon on Sunday) and entrance is £5 for adults and free for children under 16. We have National Art Passes so it was free for us! Definitely worth a visit if you like East Asian art.

Thank Angela C
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

A lot to discover in this little treasure of a museum. Enjoyed the visit far more then I thought I would, admittedly.

Thank lovefranceUK
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