American Museum in Britain

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The American Museum in Britain is based at Claverton Manor, near Bath in a house, designed by Jeffry Wyatville and built in the 1820s on the site of a manor bought by Ralph Allen in 1758. It is now a grade I listed building. It was founded by two antique collectors, an American, Dallas Pratt (Aug 21, 1914 - May 20, 1994) and a Briton, John Judkyn (1913 - July 27, 1963) and opened to the public for the first time on July 1, 1961.

The exhibits cover every period of American history. Because John Judkyn was a peace-loving Quaker, the museum contains no militaria.

Included are 200 quilts and coverlets. The garden is set into the valley of the River Avon and has fine views over the valley and the Kennet and Avon Canal. The American Museum employed Lanning Roper to design a mixed border. There is a Colonial Herb Garden and a Mount Vernon Garden, which is a re-creation of George Washington's garden. The arboretum has a collection of American trees

TypeOverall vote
Garden:5.6/10
Arboretum:7.3/10
History Museum:7.5/10
Popularity rank: #2304
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Avon, Cotswold, Somerset, Wessex, South West England, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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American Museum

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Car

The museum is well signposted from Bath city centre and from the A36 Warminster road.

Bus

From the Bath's City Centre Bus Station (next to the Railway Station). Take a No 18 or any other bus that goes to the University of Bath via Bathwick Hill and alight at The Avenue. The buses are very frequent. (Get off at the stop before the final one in the centre of the university campus) The museum is well signed and is then a ½ mile, downhill walk.

Admission

Opening times:
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM-12:00 PM - 5:00 PM12:00 PM - 5:00 PM12:00 PM - 5:00 PM12:00 PM - 5:00 PM12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
*Open Bank Holiday Mondays 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Prices:
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(2 Adults & 2 children)
£7.50£4.00£6.50£6.50£20.00

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Contact

Address: The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath, Somerset, BA2 7BD, UK
Phone: +44 1225 460503
Email: info@americanmuseum.org
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