American Museum and Gardens, Bath, UK
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American Museum & Gardens

The only museum dedicated to the folk arts and crafts of America outside the United States

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  • Museums

Located in a Georgian mansion just outside Bath, The American Museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the twentieth century. The only museum of Americana outside the United States, its impressive collection of folk and decorative arts shows the diverse and complex nature of American traditions. 

There’s as much to see outdoors as in, Claverton Manor's 125 acres of grounds feature a replica of George Washington’s garden at Mount Vernon, a Lewis and Clark trail, and an arboretum. With the addition of the New American Garden, the grounds now showcase the largest collection of American horticultural features in the UK.

From the gardens, visitors are also treated to spectacular views over Bath in one direction, and the beautiful Limpley Stoke Valley in the other.

In addition to the permanent collection, each year sees an annual exhibition that has encompassed such popular topics as The Jazz AgeGangsters & Gunslingers and Marilyn - Hollywood Icon. 2019 exhibitions are Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts In America and All Shook Up: Thomas Kellner’s America.

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The quilt collection. The humble domestic quilt is elevated to a work of folk art, telling the tales of the people and communities who created them. ‘America is not like a blanket. America is more like a quilt – many patches, many pieces, many colours, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread’, Senator Jesse Jackson.



  • Accessible to wheelchair users
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Disabled parking
  • Wheelchairs for use
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Baby carriers for use
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