American Museum in Britain

American Museum in Britain
Claverton Manor
Bath
Somerset
BA2 7BD
England

Website

www.americanmuseum.org

E-mail

All departments

info@americanmuseum.org

Education and Group Visits

groupvisits@americanmuseum.org

Telephone

General

01225 460503

Education and Group Visits

01225 823019

Fax

01225 469160

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
exterior photograph of the American museum in britain
baby changing facilities icon Food icon Parking icon Guided tours icon Shop icon Library icon Study area icon Hearing disability facilities icon Visual disability facilities icon Wheelchair access icon

Founded in 1961, The Museum has the finest collection of American decorative arts outside the United States. Displayed in a series of period rooms, the collection illustrates how early Americans lived between the 17th and 19th centuries. Interactive galleries offer an introduction to American history, while special collections highlight the finest examples of quilting, folk art, and early printed maps of the New World. The museum is also set in a spectacular, hillside setting including a formal garden, parkland, and nature trails.

Venue Type:

Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Saturday 22 March – Sunday 2 November 2014
Tuesday – Sunday, 12noon – 5pm
Closed Mondays except during August and on Bank Holidays.

Christmas Season
Saturday 22 November - Sunday 14 December
Tuesday – Sunday, 12.00 – 4.30 pm
Closed Mondays

Admission charges

Adult £9, Over 60's & Students £8, Children (5-16) £5
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £25
Gift Aid rates available

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • English Heritage

Additional info

Both the musuem and exhibition gallery are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Certain parts of the gardens and grounds are also accessible. Wheelchair available for loan for use inside main musuem only. Please note that mobility scooters are not permitted in the museum.

A series of period rooms display American furniture, woodwork, silver, glass & textiles which illustrate domestic life from 17th century to the eve of the American Civil War in 1860. The museum’s beautiful grounds at Claverton Manor overlook the stunning Limpley Stoke Valley, an include a replica of George Washington's Mt. Vernon Garden plus an aboretum of American trees and shrubs.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Social History, World Cultures, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Shaker furniture
  • American quilts
  • Trade porcelin
  • Native American Indians
  • Early printed maps of the New World
  • American Folk Art
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

New World, Old Maps

  • 28 November 2013 — 1 November 2018 *on now

In 1988 Dr. Dallas Pratt, co-founder of the American Museum in Britain, gave the Museum over 200 Renaissance maps of the New World – a collection acclaimed by scholars as one of the finest holdings of rare printed world maps in existence.

This exhibition features a rotating display of historic maps in the American Museum’s collection.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://americanmuseum.org/about-the-museum/current-exhibitions/new-world-old-maps/

Spirit Hawk Eye

  • 14 March — 1 November 2015

Celebrating contemporary Native American culture, ‘Spirit Hawk Eye’ is a series of portraits by photographer Heidi Laughton that highlight the present-day customs of the Native peoples of California, Arizona, and New Mexico. These stunning images honour the spiritual, artistic, and enduring heritage of diverse Native American tribal communities.

‘Spirit Hawk Eye’ is a project celebrating contemporary Native American Indian culture through photographic portraiture using medium and large format film cameras (no digital). Revealing aspects of present-day Native cultural practices and lifestyles, these arresting black-and-white images portray contemporary Native peoples – with a focus on the Southwest – including Navajo, Chumash, Paiute, Zuni, Hopi, Comanche, Iowa, and Apache.

Each portrait is displayed with personal anecdotes of each individual, explaining the traditions and ways of life that are important to them. Launched in 2013 at the Talisman Art Gallery in Bergamot Arts Center, Santa Monica, ‘Spirit Hawk Eye’ celebrates the colourful, reverent, spiritual, artistic, and enduring elements of tribal communities.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://americanmuseum.org/about-the-museum/current-exhibitions/spirit-hawk-eye/

Hatched, Matched, Dispatched – & Patched!

  • 14 March — 1 November 2015

Bursting with textile treasures, this exhibition brings together astonishing objects that commemorate family milestones. As well as featuring historic quilts from major collections, the exhibition will also showcase superb costumes.

Everyone has his or her own way of perusing the newspaper. Some readers will turn immediately to the sports pages or television listings, while others will choose to look first at the Births, Marriages and Deaths section, also known in popular parlance as ‘hatched, matched, and dispatched’. Formal naming ceremonies, public pledges of union, and rituals of communal mourning are witnessed and shared by diverse communities throughout the world. This exhibition showcases a wealth of textile treasures that commemorate these milestones.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://americanmuseum.org/about-the-museum/current-exhibitions/hatched-matched-dispatched-patched-2/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Native Americans – As Varied as the Land

http://www.americanmuseum.org

Through this programme students will come away with a better understanding of the diversity of Native Americans by examining their art, tools, clothing, and the stories that have shaped their culture. Supported by a grant from SWMLAC Strategic Commissioning Programme, this is a unique opportunity to understand the living cultures that lie beyond the Hollywood stereotypes.
• Plains Indian costume presentation
• Object handling and worksheet activity
• Guided tour of American Heritgae exhibition galleries
(Group size: max.30 - Duration: 2.5hrs; Level:KS3, can also be adapted to KS2)

How to obtain

Book in advance - 01225 823019

England and the Colonization of America

http://www.americanmuseum.org

What was life like for colonists in the New World? Explore the lives, tools and trade going back and forth between England and America as these early setters began to shape a new nation.
• Colonial costume presentation
• Object handling with worksheet activity or map exhibition tour with worksheet activity
• 17th to 18th century period room tour
(Group size: max. 30; Duration: 2.5 hrs; Level: KS2)

How to obtain

Book in advance: 01225 823019

Kids' Activities

http://www.americanmuseum.org

Drop into art and craft activities at the American Museum in Britain. These are suitable for children aged 5 years and upwards on Thursdays 13.00-16.00 in school holidays.

How to obtain

Booking is not required but space is limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Activities are free after normal admission to the museum. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Textile Traditions

http://www.americanmuseum.org

Using the museum’s famous textile collection, learn how quilts, samplers and rugs served to reflect the social, cultural and artistic aspirations of Americans - from the genteel cities of the east coast to the plains of the western frontier.
• Textile Room tour
• Object handing and worksheet activity
• ‘Design Your Own Quilt Block’ activity
(Group size: max 30 - Duration: 2.5 hours; Level: KS1 - KS4)

How to obtain

Book in advance: 01225 823019

The American West

http://www.americanmuseum.org

Delving into the history of the exploration and expansion into the American West, students will begin to discern the fact from the fiction. From Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discovery to the days of the cowboys, find out how the west was really won.
• Plains Indian costume presentation
• Object handling and worksheet activity
• American Hertiage exhibition tour
(Group size: max.90; Duration: 3 hours; Level: KS3,GCSE)

How to obtain

Book in advance: 01225 823019

advertisement