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American Museum & Gardens

Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD

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American Museum & Gardens

About

The American Museum & Gardens is truly unique. Founded in 1961 to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe, it is the only museum of Americana outside the US.

Set within a Grade 1 listed Georgian manor house on the edge of Bath, the Museum houses fascinating period rooms and a remarkable permanent collection of folk, decorative arts and cultural objects, showing the diverse and complex nature of American traditions, focused primarily on the 14th-20th centuries.

A separate Exhibition Gallery offers two showcase exhibitions per year, covering a diverse range of subjects including fashion, photography, art, American culture and family-friendly shows. Throughout the year there’s a programme of exciting events offering concerts, outdoor theatre, family activities, workshops, talks, a wellbeing programme, a Christmas illuminations trail, and new in 2022, a three-day summer festival of music, comedy, and food.

The Museum is situated within a Georgian estate of 125 acres of historic parkland, ancient woodland and formal gardens, with a gallery shop, café and Children’s Garden. Located in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Area of Special Scientific Interest, the countryside views across the Limpley Stoke Valley from the lawns and café terrace are unrivalled.

In recent years the gardens surrounding the manor house have been developed as The New American Garden, the first European commission for renowned US landscape architects Oehme, van Sweden. The design is characterized by large swathes of grasses and fields of perennials, a planting style made famous by the OvS founders, and includes a replica of George Washington’s garden at Mount Vernon and an Arboretum.

The American Museum & Gardens is a registered charity governed by a Board of Trustees. The organisation receives funding from foundations membership, patrons, sponsors and individual donors, and generates additional income through paid admissions, cafe, shop and events.

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Guide Prices

Museum, Exhibition & Gardens
Adults - £14.00 (with gift aid), £12.50 (without gift aid)
Over 60s & Students - £12.50 (with gift aid), £11.00 (without gift aid)
Children (5-18yrs), £8.50 (with gift aid), £7.00 (without gift aid)
Family ticket - £36.50 (with gift aid), £32.00 (without gift aid)

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - An accessible toilet is located in the Gallery Shop. There is also an accessible toilet in the Coach House which is open on event days.

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Dog Friendly
  • Dogs Accepted
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • In countryside

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Show Facilities

Awards

  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2019
  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020
  • AA AwardsAA COVID Confident Scheme AA COVID Confident Scheme 2020
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
  • Bristol Tourism & Hospitality AwardBristol, Bath And Somerset - Tourism Awards - Bronze - 2020/21 Bristol, Bath And Somerset - Tourism Awards - Bronze - 2020/21 2021

Events

Saturday, 16th July 2022 - Saturday, 31st December 2022

American Museum & GardensHatching the Past: American Dinosaur Explorers at The American Museum and GardensA captivating experience for all ages, Hatching the Past invites visitors to touch real dinosaur bones and reconstructed nests, dig for eggs in our interactive dig pits, and view animated video presentations.
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Sunday, 24th July 2022 - Sunday, 24th July 2022

Forest of Imagination Opening Day at American Museum & Gardens
Forest of Imagination Opening Day at American Museum & GardensOn Sunday 24 July, Forest of the Imagination team will be returning to the American Museum & Gardens to offer a free day of workshops to all visitors.
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Friday, 29th July 2022 - Friday, 29th July 2022

Friday, 26th August 2022 - Friday, 26th August 2022

Friday, 9th September 2022 - Friday, 9th September 2022

American Museum & Gardens credit R. Bernstein
Garden Grooves at American Museum in BritainJoin the American Museum in their spectacular gardens for a summer’s evening of mellow music.
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