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American Museum & Gardens

This is the only museum dedicated to the folk arts and crafts of America outside the United States.

  • Heritage
  • Museums

The Museum is just outside Bath, the short journey up Bathwick Hill being rewarded with the most stunning view of the city in one direction, and the beautiful Limpley Stoke Valley the other.

The Georgian Calverton Manor and its 125 acres of grounds and gardens are home to an unrivalled collection of decorative and fine arts that tell the story of America from the earliest Colonial times to the 20th century.

There’s as much to see outdoors as in, with 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 boast the largest collection of American horticultural features in the UK.

In addition to the permanent collection, each year sees an annual exhibition that has encompassed such popular topics as The Jazz Age, Gangsters & Gunslingers and Marilyn - Hollywood Icon

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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 colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread’, Senator Jesse Jackson.

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Accessibility

  • 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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