The American Museum in Britain was founded in 1961 in a 19th.century manor house in a superb location of 125 acres overlooking the Limpley Stoke valley, with stunning views. The exhibits span U.S. history from the early settlers to the 20th.centrury. A major feature are exhibits of American textiles and quilts of the 19th.Century. There are lovely collections of American folk art (particularly moccasins), furniture and paintings. This is the only museum of Americana outside the USA. There are a series of period rooms, but you should note that the Museum does not open until after midday, but there is a very good light meal restaurant on site, with reasonable prices, and if the weather is fine the 125 acres of parkland offers extra value for the £8 entry fee. The period rooms are well laid out with good guides.We were impressed by the Greek Revival Room, with an unusual Pianoforte cabinet (1818), the Country Store, the bedrooms, and the maps. The museum is on three floors and is open 12.00-17.00hrs, car parks closing at 17.30. The cafe provides light lunches from 12-14.00hrs, and teas, cold drinks and ice cream are available till 17.00 hrs. There is a small shop, with good selection of quilts for sale, and we were fortunate that there was an extra exhibition of the vibrant and highly coloured knitting of Kaffe Fassett (a Californian based in the UK). There is a shuttle bus to /from the museum and good parking facilities.
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