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American Museum
Ranked #16 of 171 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 27 November 2013

This is a delightful museum of Americana which gives the impression of being run by enthusiastic, albeit knowledgeable, volunteers who can't wait to share their feelings and information with the visitor. As well as the regular room displays there is an annual special exhibition, this year of gunslingers and gangsters and "one off" events with family appeal. This year we have attended a military enactment, display of raptors and owls, and a celebratory evening on 4th July. As I have only sampled coffee (it was fine) in the cafe I cannot comment on the standard of catering. For visitors without cars there is a free bus service in season from the delightfully monikered "Bog Island" a few yards from the Abbey. I live locally and make frequent visits, the next during the Museum's Christmas season

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AmericanMuseum, Marketing Manager at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2013

Thank you so very much for your candid review, we are pleased that you continue to enjoy everything we do at the Museum. Are you a Member? If not, please do consider it if you visit as frequently as you suggest. Not only would you pay once to cover the year but you would benefit from members discounts, members only events and children/grandchildren are included in the membership for free.
We look forward to welcoming you again over Christmas and when we re-open in March!

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

I live in Bath and cannot believe I had never visited the museum until this year! I will definitely be back - an absolutely wonderful museum with lovely grounds - the things in the museum to see were amazing!

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AmericanMuseum, Marketing Manager at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2013

Thank you for your comments which we were sorry to see. We are concerned that you were disappointed with the cafe menu and would therefore be pleased to discuss if you would like to contact us direct. We would like to note that, poor quality aside, to manage a light lunch in a Bath restaurant/café for less than £10 a head is rare.
Very pleased that you enjoyed the displays and your 13 year old got a lot out of the visit too, hopefully this will tempt you back again in the future - maybe to enjoy one of our many events?

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We went to the American Museum towards the end of the season and found the house and grounds lovely. Displays throughout were interesting and informative, and helped to fill in the many gaps in our knowledge of American history. Some really good room settings with interesting furniture from various periods. Even our 13 year old found it interesting.
I would strongly recommend a picnic, rather than using the Restaurant. Apart from the fact that prices are expensive, the real problem is the food. We had three meals between us, a baked potato which was cold, hard and awful (looked like several days old and reheated), a chicken dish that had chunks of chicken in a glutinous sauce that reminded me of some of the cheaper brands of soup, and a tasteless quiche with salad and an extra ingredient that looked like a fingernail. With three drinks this little lot cost nearly £30

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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Very lovely house and gorgeous settingl Tea on terrace a must, but the very static exhibitions are marred by the wooden faced "guides" or rather "guards" in each room that made us feel like intruders...

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AmericanMuseum, Marketing Manager at American Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share your views; we are disappointed that our Room Guides made you feel unwelcome as this is never our intention, quite the opposite.
Our helpful corps of volunteer guides are asked to respect our guests and ensure that everyone has an enjoyable visit; we shall take time in our training schedule to ask them to find the balance between too little interaction and too much.
Please return to enjoy more tea on the terrace with the views that seemed to fulfill your visit.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

I was in Bath with my 3 kids over 10 years old and wanted to do something a bit different with them. We thought the American Museum might be worth a look, figuring it was near enough to town to do something else if it turned out to be a bit 'pants' as they would say. No such worries! We could have spent HOURS there. The Tardis like interior of the gorgeously Georgian big house goes on and on, with displays and interactive areas that cover the entire human history of the USA. If there's an exhibition in the courtyard building, go and look, we were all amazed at the quality and rarity of the displays. Try to give yourself enough time to enjoy the garden too, it is stunning and even more breathtaking, set as it is in the rolling hills of the countryside, around one of Britain's most visually appealing cities. I'd love to take my American relatives there to get their take on everything from the sumptuously detailed quilts, to the pilgrim fathers dressing up area... such fun! Definitely worth another visit.

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