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American Museum in Britain

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American Museum in Britain

Address/Location

Claverton Manor
Bath
Somerset
BA2 7BD

Contact

Tel: 01225 460503

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.

Exhibitions

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.

Opening Times

Season (18 Mar 2017 - 29 Oct 2017)
TuesdayOpen
WednesdayOpen
ThursdayOpen
FridayOpen
SaturdayOpen
SundayOpen

* 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.

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£13.50 per ticket
Adult Gardens only£8.00 per ticket
Child 5-18 years£6.50 per ticket
Child 5-18 years gardens only£5.50 per ticket
Family (2 adults & up to 5 children)£31.50 per ticket
Over 60s/Students£12.00 per ticket
Over 60s/Students gardens only£5.50 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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