Somerset Museums


American Museum & Gardens

Claverton Manor, BA2 7BD

American Museum & Gardens


The American Museum on the outskirts of Bath, Somerset,  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.

The New American Garden
Designed by Washington DC-based landscape architecture firm OEHME, VAN SWEDEN, the New American Garden is its first European commission. With new landscaping, and planting the garden provides an exciting horticultural insight into the flora and fauna of the United States.

2020 Exhibitions

Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs (March-June)

A vintage fashion exhibition from the Fashion and Textiles Museum London, displaying a selection of pieces from the glorious gowns to casual chic.

Sacks Appeal (July-November)

The wearing of sack clothing in 20th century America was regarded by many as a patriotic duty and in the 1950’s the garments were seen as fashionable items that were worn by men, women and children, and famously, Marilyn Monroe.
Exhibition on loan from Textile Research Centre, Leiden.

Image Gallery


Museum, Exhibition & Gardens
  Gift Aid admission Standard admission
Adults £14.50 £13.00
Children (5-17yrs) £8.50 £7.00
Family ticket * £37.50 £33.00

Gardens Only 
  Gift Aid admission Standard admission
Adults £9.00 £7.50
Children (5-17yrs) £6.50 £5.00
Family ticket * £24.50 £20.00
* Family ticket includes 2 adults and up to 3 children









              • Dogs Accepted

              • Guide dogs permitted

              • On-site Restaurant/Cafe

              • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

              • Picnic Area

              • Ramp/Level Access

              • Shop

              • Toilets for disabled visitors

              Road Directions

              For directions to the Museum from your location please click on the link to Google maps. Please note Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Satellite Navigation technology do not recognise our postcode, but the turning to the Museum is clearly sign-posted from the A36 and the University of Bath.

              Free onsite visitor parking, including spaces for Blue Badge holders. Coach parking outside main Museum building.

              Public Transport Directions

              Our free shuttle bus runs between Bath city centre and the Museum every day that the Museum is open. 
              Pick-up point in Bath is at Terrace Walk (known locally as Bog Island). Please click for schedule.


              American Museum & Gardens
              Claverton Manor
              BA2 7BD
              United Kingdom

              T: 01225 460503



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