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“Small but interesting”

Museum of Bath Architecture
Ranked #50 of 183 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 4 September 2017

The first comment is that this museum it is quite hard to find. At the junction of Broad Street, The Paragon, Lansdown Road and George Street, you walk along the raised pavement on the west side of Lansdown Road until you come to an iron gate with "The Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel" written on it. Go through that gate and the museum is in front of you on your left hand side. The staff were very welcoming and suggested that we first view the 10 minute video. They can't have that many visitors since there were only 4 seats for the video. There were many interesting displays in the museum explaining how Bath was built. There were maps, models of houses, videos of stonemasons at work, examples of the tools used, examples of the different styles. There was a large model of Bath with lights to illuminate the different areas with different styles. However, sadly the lights were not working - I'm not sure how long this is out of action for - perhaps we were just unlucky. Nevertheless, this museum is well worth a visit.

Thank Edmund R
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

A really interesting museum housed in an old chapel. The centrepiece is a huge model of the entire city, very detailed. Find out how the Ashland stone walls were built and how a sash window works. They have John Wood's draughtman's instruments and some of his original drawings for Bath. Well worth and hour of your time. Buy a joint ticket with One The Royal Crescent.

1  Thank V3610MEstephenc
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

it is further away and very small - the model of the City of bath was comprehensive and there were detailed videos and explanations of carpentry and building methods . If not sufficient time, go to the other museums first -

1  Thank alI3597BC
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

I'm not an architect but thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It is informative and interesting. The history is interesting, and there's so much technique behind the construction and its development. I wish I could have visited this museum on the first day of visiting Bath so that I could take a close look at the details of the buildings when exploring the city.

The museum is quite small and is in a chapel, but there's a lot to see. The entrance fee stand-alone is 6 quid, which i think is far too expensive. However, you can combine the tour with a visit to the Royal Cresent. 12.5 pound in total for the two makes it more justifiable.

1  Thank karensunqing
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Reviewed 7 July 2017

This didn't take a lot of time, but we enjoyed it. It's not a large museum and isn't particularly unusual, but it did offer some insights into architecture and history of Bath, so I think it was worth it. There was a great lady there whom we talked with and had interesting conversation with.

1  Thank ktk19147
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