American Museum & Gardens

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American Museum & Gardens
4.5
Gardens • Art Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The American Museum provides a fabulous day out for all adults and children. The New American Garden, Mount Vernon Garden, and play area “The Children’s Garden” awaits explorers of all ages. From winding paths and colourful flowers to woodland wanders with your four-legged friends (yes, dogs on leads are welcome!) and climbing adventures, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Housed in a fine Georgian manor house with outstanding views over the Limpley Stoke Valley, on the edge of Bath, the American Museum takes you on a journey through American history, with its remarkable collection of folk, decorative arts and cultural objects. The only museum of Americana outside of the United States, it was founded to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe. The gardens, children’s play area and cafe are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm. The Museum and exhibition remain closed in line with government guidance. Please see our website for updates,
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HalfandHaf
Trowbridge, UK13 contributions
Mothers’ Day Visit
Mar 2021 • Friends
Spent a wonderful Mother’s Day in these unique and magical gardens! There were quite a large number of visitors, but the staff handled the pressure with calm and cordiality. And the free scone was delicious! Thank you all for a lovely day.
Written 14 March 2021
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Many thanks for your message. We're so pleased you had a lovely visit. Hope to see you again soon.
Written 15 March 2021
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Clarkozy
Bath, UK88 contributions
Inspiring insight. Stroll for the soul.
Nov 2020
Fascinating insight into American history, culture and folk art. And that's just the website as we simply enjoyed a tour of the recent and beautifully redesigned gardens due to the pandemic. A warm welcome at registration, a gentle stroll to enjoy the grounds, flora and views was a sufficient enticement to want to return, post-Covid. A unique and enlightening experience. And a delicious coffee - an Americano!
Written 15 November 2020
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Hi Clarkozy We're delighted that you enjoyed your stroll around our New American Garden and your coffee of course. It really has something for all seasons. We look forward to welcoming you back in non-Covid times when you can visit the museum and exhibition gallery too!
Written 19 November 2020
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK22,845 contributions
A Revelation
Oct 2020
Whilst we have visited Bath on a number of occasions, previously we had never been to the American Museum at Claverton Manor. However, spending several days in the area, we took a short taxi journey out to the site. What a revelation and what a treat. Under, well organised covid regulations our tour was limited to a guided group of maximum six people, but our excellent guide covered all the main features. Additionally the exhibition area was full of fascinating costumes and the Orangery cafe provided us with early coffee and then a later lunch of tasty sandwiches with locally baked bread. In particular, the guided tour of the American museum whetted our appetite for a detailed enjoyment of the rooms and we will be back as soon as regulations allow. Highly recommended.
Written 9 November 2020
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Hi bsandrs, what a fab review! we are delighted to see that you had such a great day with us, and look forwarding to welcoming you back soon!
Written 10 November 2020
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meganalex1996
Liverpool, UK4 contributions
Great experience
Oct 2020 • Couples
Excellent tour provided by Allan. Small groups of 5, take around the entire manor and detailed conversations and information given throughout. Such a good find and place to visit if want something easy going.
Written 6 October 2020
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Hi meganalex1996 and thanks for visiting us We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your museum visit so much. We are extremely lucky to have many wonderfully knowledgeable guides here at the American Museum and Gardens who love to share their knowledge with our visitors. We do hope you'll visit us again.
Written 9 October 2020
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RuthM
2 contributions
Look onward to visiting again one day
Sep 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the house and gardens. The guide was informative and friendly. Due to the covid restrictions we only had 20 minutes on each floor of the house and would have liked more. We hope to go back one day and spend longer exploring all the exhibits. We also enjoyed the fashion exhibition. Lunch on the terrace was a little chilly so wear a warm coat if you plan to eat or picnic. We will visit again and would like to take my American daughter-in-law and gradnchildren.
Written 3 October 2020
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Hi RuthMM59 and thanks for visiting us We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your day with us so much and look forward to welcoming you back when the Covid restrictions are lifted and you can explore the museum at your leisure. Also that will allow us to reopen the indoor seating for our Garden Cafe to warm up on those chilly days. This year we opened our brand new Children's Garden which has been hugely popular with children of all ages, so we hope you get a chance to bring your grandchildren soon.
Written 9 October 2020
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Heather P
Brixham, UK33 contributions
Lovely gardens, interesting museum
Sep 2020
Purely by chance we had the TV on in our hotel room in Bath whilst we were getting ready to go out and on came a report from the American Museum garden. We didn't know there was a garden and it looked fantastic so we made the decision to visit it that day. We decided to walk, but be warned, Bathwick Hill is very steep and goes on for ever. Best to drive or get the bus. But we were really glad we went there as the gardens were, indeed, beautiful and with far reaching views across the countryside, with plenty of room to just sit and take it all in. The museum itself was very interesting and our guide knowledgeable. Well worth a visit.
Written 1 October 2020
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Hi Heather P and thanks for visiting us We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your day with us so much. Well done for making it up Bathwick Hill! It is indeed quite a climb, but the views from the top are a reward in themselves. For those less brave, we have plenty of free car parking here and you can get the U1, U2 or U3 (First Bus) to Bath University. Alight at The Avenue, just inside the entrance to the University, then it's a 15-minute downhill walk to the Museum. We do hope you'll return if you're visiting Bath again.
Written 9 October 2020
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Sara L
Marden, UK91 contributions
A great way to chill
Sep 2020
We visited on a very hot day. The gardens are fabulous and it was lovely to walk round them and then sit outside on the veranda watching the World go by. We had a chaperoned tour of the house too which was interesting and hope to return once all the covid restrictions are over so that we can spend more time looking round. A really pleasant way to spend a day
Written 23 September 2020
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Hi Sara L and thanks for visiting us We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your day with us so much and look forward to welcoming you to the American Museum and Gardens again soon. Did you know that you can purchase annual membership with us? It's a great and cost-effective way to take advantage of our beautiful gardens and enjoy a leisurely drink on the terrace whenever you have a free hour or two to spare. Do enquire next time you visit.
Written 24 September 2020
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Hazelnut38
Bristol, UK192 contributions
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit
Sep 2020
We decided to visit the American Museum on a sunny September morning and had a lovely day. We first visited the exhibition of 1930s clothes which were well displayed and very elegant. We found the gardens delightful and more extensive than when we last visited about 5 years ago. My husband now has mobility problems but from being able to pre book parking right outside the main house to the accessible paths to most parts of the gardens, it was easy for him. We also thought the flat white coffee the best we've had For ages! A lovely visit, we hope to return shortly especially as being local we get 50% discount
Written 10 September 2020
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Hi Hazelnut38 and thanks for visiting us We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much and that you especially enjoyed our Night and Day exhibition. Our gardens were redesigned in 2018 as The New American Garden and they've featured in several gardening magazines this year. Part of the redesign was to make the gardens more accessible to those with limited mobility, so it's great to hear that you were able to take advantage of that. It's worth noting that we also have a 'tramper' (all-terrain mobility scooter) for hire should you require it. We do hope that you return to visit us again soon.
Written 11 September 2020
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I love eating out
Bath, UK400 contributions
Disappointing!
Sep 2020 • Couples
My main gripe with this museum is the extremely complicated website. It would (I’m sure) be so simple to set up online booking. That way, visitors would know how many tickets are available on any day and for any session - 11am, 1pm & 3pm. We have planned a visit here for a while, looking forward to the special Night & Day: 1930’s fashion exhibition and a tour of the manor itself. We allowed plenty of time but on arrival we were told that all 12 places on the conducted tour had been purchased. If we’d like to wait an additional 2 hours, we could get in the next tour.....duh? Even with our love of gardens, we could not spend that amount of time ‘wandering & waiting’. I found the Night & Day special exhibition rather underwhelming to be honest and a lack of a map at the ticket office was more than a tad frustrating....we did ask for one but were handed a membership form! So, if one wants to have a guided tour of Claverton Manor.....be sure to be at the ticket office VERY early and make sure you get a map of the site!
Written 9 September 2020
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Hi Iloveeatingout59 and thanks for visiting us. We're so sorry to hear you weren't able to visit our beautiful American heritage and decorative art collection, which is housed in our manor house. As you will appreciate we have had to make a lot of adjustments to the normal visit in order to comply with current Covid legislation. As a result we have been offering chaperoned visits in small groups as regularly as our stewarding levels (also affected by Covid) will allow. We've taken the decision not to offer pre-booking for the museum as this is not always the best solution. Since museums and galleries have re-opened 20-40% of people who book are ‘no-shows’, but you have to reserve their tickets just in case they arrive at the last minute. This means that the number of visitors we could welcome would be even fewer. As the Covid landscape changes, more volunteers return and staff come back from furlough we'll be able to welcome more people into the museum once again. Regarding the Night and Day exhibition: 1930s fashion and photography, we have had some very positive feedback both on Tripadvisor (as other reviews demonstrate) and through other channels. We’re sorry it wasn’t to your taste. Finally, we do have maps available in the Ticket Office and every visitor should receive one. We’re so sorry this didn’t happen in your case. We will make sure that maps are available in the future. We do hope you’ll visit us again, so that we can demonstrate the full range of what the American Museum and Gardens can offer.
Written 10 September 2020
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Paul E
2 contributions
great Museum with lovely view from gardens
Sep 2020
Museum covers history of America with many interesting exhibits. some interactive displays not available due to Covid 19. Good covid protection in place. Guided tour very interactive with guide. Will be good to attend again an stroll at own pace to take in parts we missed first time round. definitely worth a visit.
Written 8 September 2020
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Hi K1061KApaule and thanks for your fab review! Our guides are doing a super job at the moment and we are really proud of them and what we are able to offer at the moment. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
Written 9 September 2020
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