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American Museum in Britain

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American Museum in Britain


The American Museum takes you on a journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the twentieth century. With its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts, the Museum shows the diverse and complex nature of American traditions. The only museum of Americana outside the United States, it was founded to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe.

The permanent collection includes more than two hundred historic American quilts, exceptional pieces of Shaker furniture, Native American objects, and two hundred historical maps of the New World starting from the twelfth century and stretching through the Renaissance. The museum also has the most significant collection of American folk art in Europe. Visitors can also explore the extensive grounds, which include an arboretum of American trees.


1920’s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs - Until 29 October 2017

America in the 1920s created a cultural shockwave that reverberated around the world, creating icons on an industrial scale— from stars of the silver screen to skyscrapers.

This worldwide phenomenon will be explored in 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs, which examines how the world saw— and sees— the US as a global taste-maker and trend setter.

The show features over 100 fashion objects, including flapper dresses, evening capes, lame coats, couture, and ready-to-wear garments from 1919 to 1929. A decade of change is documented through the shifting hemlines and waistlines of the era’s fashions.

The exhibition will also include the work of photographer James Abbe, whose portraits present a candid commentary on early twentieth-century celebrity.

Joyce Petschek: Breaking the pattern - Until 29 October 2017

The American Museum is well-known for its textile collection and owns several examples of eighteenth-century flame-stitched objects. During our 2017 season, we are delighted to be displaying a selection of Joyce’s work throughout the Manor House, allowing our visitors to view both the old and the new alongside one another.

Joyce Petschek studied as an undergraduate at Vassar College and then as a graduate at Radcliffe University and the New York Institute of Fine Art. It was here that she developed her keen eye for colour and an interest in the juxtaposition of intense colours. Joyce works exclusively with silk threads – the only material that offers the luminosity and intensity of colour that she needs for her kaleidoscopic work. The colour and the choice of threads drive each new design.


Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Key Features

  • In countryside


  • 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.

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Wedding Venue

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


  • American Museum in Britain

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Public Transport Directions

Free Shuttle Bus Service to the Museum

The Museum runs a frequent free Shuttle Bus service from Bath city centre. The schedule runs Tuesday to Sunday, Mondays in August & Bank Holidays, at the following times:

Leaves Bath from Terrace Walk (Bog Island)

11.40am, arriving at Museum 11.55am

12.30pm, arriving at Museum 12.45pm

1.15pm, arriving at Museum 1.30pm

2.00pm, arriving at Museum 2.15pm

2.45pm, arriving at Museum 3.00pm

Leaves Museum to return to Bath

12.10pm, arriving at Terrace Walk 12.20pm

12.55pm, arriving at Terrace Walk 1.05pm

1.40pm, arriving at Terrace Walk 1.50pm

2.25pm, arriving at Terrace Walk 2.35pm

3.30pm, arriving at Terrace Walk 3.45pm

4.15pm, arriving at Laura Place 4.30pm

5.05pm, arriving at Laura Place 5.20pm


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • David P
    Vancouver, Canada
    Trip Type:
    A Bath must see, an outstanding collection of early Amerciana
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 24th December 2017
    A very short drive from central Bath with considerable parking available. The selection of early American furniture is most impressive. The collection of weathervanes is priceless. A good café... Read full review
  • Kay B
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Worth a visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 22nd December 2017
    A free shuttle minibus takes you from the city centre (Terrace Walk). Fascinating history of settlers in America and a wonderful collection of patchwork quilts. Read full review
  • Antigoni44
    Crewe, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Not what I expected
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th December 2017
    An extremely interesting tour of a beautiful house, detailing Native American and settler history. Stunning examples of quilt making, moccasin foot ware and native Indian headdress. Read full review
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Tel: +44 (0)1225 460503

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* 18 March – 29 October, Tuesday – Sunday
Closed Mondays except during August and Bank Holidays.

Cafe, gardens, and 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs exhibition open 10.30am – 5pm
Main Museum and Joyce Petschek: Breaking the Pattern exhibition open 12noon – 5pm

The Museum closes on 29 October and re-opens for our Christmas season on 23 November 2017. 23 Nov 2017 - 17 Dec 2017

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