American Museum & Gardens

“The permanent displays in the main house are unique, providing visitors with a material, almost experiential insight into American history.” - VisitEngland Assessor

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Bath, Somerset

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The American Museum & Gardens, the only museum outside the US to showcase the American decorative arts, takes you on a journey through the history of America. Its unique collection is displayed in original period rooms from the US, set within a fine Georgian manor house on the edge of Bath. With New American Garden and the transformed Mount Vernon garden, the Museum now also boast the largest collection of American horticultural features in the UK.

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American Museum & Gardens
Claverton Manor, BATH, Somerset, BA2 7BD

Features

Children
  • Suitable for children of all ages
Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: On-line access guide, access ramps, wheelchair hire, Tramper hire, hearing loops, handling objects, ear-defenders, visual story
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 10–5, Tuesday to Sunday.

About the area

Discover Somerset

Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.

Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.

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