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“Excellent and informative”
Review of American Museum

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 26 July 2014 via mobile

Really interesting place, and we are glad we went there.

The museum has been modernised quite a bit since when I went there which was sometime ago, but still gives good value for money.

Before you pay and enter the estate - if you wish to go into the manor please read the restriction below.

NOTE - it does say on the welcome brochure that pushchairs, baby backpacks, rucksacks and mobility scooters are NOT allowed in Claverton Manor. They will supply suitable baby carriers and manual wheelchairs which can be loaned out at the Reception

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

A really great day out for all the family. Takes you back in time to the Wild West. Tells the story of the Native Indians who roamed the plains of the west. The great characters of the time. How they lived, and died. A very informative day out, you see and hear how it was back in the 1860's. Brilliant. Very thoughtfully presented.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Really interesting place to visit and always worth checking current exhibition. Would suggest two shuttle buses from the centre of Bath as current one only seats 14 and only runs hourly. Local bus can be caught but half a mile walk to get there and to get back.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Great afternoon in the museum and fascinating depiction of American history through room sets and exhibits made all the more enjoyable by our superb tour guide, Sharon, who managed to bring the history to life with her interesting stories and thorough background knowledge. Would recommend the American Museum to anyone and only regret is we hadn't allowed more time to take in the gardens as well.

Thank GlennD99
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

I was a student at the University of Bath many years ago and never took the time to visit this beautiful place. My mother and I were especially interested in the Kaffe Fassett exhibition which is well worth a visit but we were also really impressed by the museum as a whole. From the first moment, the staff were welcoming and friendly and there are many on hand to give context to the exhibits - especially the room settings - and answer questions. The collection of quilts on the upper floor covers a range of styles and traditions and you can see the incredible workmanship at close hand. The gardens are beautiful with formal settings and trails through the arboretum and beyond and, from the terrace, there are beautiful views across the valley.

We took a taxi from the station and it cost us £11. We took the shuttle bus back to town and this is free but only runs once and hour. Walking would be a possibility for the very fit! Travel by train on First Great Western and you can download a 2 for 1 admission voucher.

I would recommend this attraction to anyone who is interested in American history. There are artefacts, clothes to dress up in and interactive exhibits. It's also a very peaceful place to spend a few hours.

Thank Lynne B
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