TripAdvisor comments compliment Kaffe Fassett Exhibition

July 31, 2014 - Helen Hayden

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Since we opened for the season in March, our TripAdvisor page has seen a steady stream of reviews from visitors sharing their experience with others. This year’s special exhibition has been a particular highlight it seems…

“SENSATIONAL Kaffe Fassett exhibition”

I was thrilled by the beauty of this scintillating, intensely colourful exhibition – it literally raised me up! Don’t miss it!

Visited March 2014

“Exceded all expectations”

As we were part of a Costume and Textile Assn Group, they opened the Museum specially for us on Sunday morning and provided very knowledgeable guides to take us round in small groups. We saw it all, but they concentrated in the Textiles which we were particularly interested in. The collections and displays were mind blowing – absolutely fabulous – and I will definitely make the journey to go again. The Kaffe Fassett exhibition was fantastic, full of colour and inspiration – I am a fan, and collect and use his books, but I was not prepared for the colourful beauty of this wonderful exhibition. I will never forget the experience. It was a beautiful sunny day and we sat on the terrace and enjoyed the views. I bought several books, and a couple of thyme plants (the shops were excellent too), and we had a simple lunch in the cafe before our journey home. I will remember the visit for ever, it was so beautiful.

Visited March 2014

“Brilliant Kaffe Fassett exhibition”

Quite by chance one evening, I checked out the Museum’s website and found a Kaffe Fassett exhibition had started just days before. The next day, my husband and I were there looking at it!
In the 1980’s/90’s, our house was full of every shade and texture of yarn, as I made KF-inspired garments, read his books, visited his exhibitions, went to one of his talks, etc. So it was wonderful to see some items from that era which I’d pored over in books but never seen in real life.
The exhibition is visually gorgeous, and so much fun. It begins in the grounds, with yarn-bombed/yarn-stormed lanterns and a huge tree decorated with pompoms and circles of KF fabrics. The actual building is a riot of colour inside, beginning with the shop area (bright pink and swagged to within an inch of its life), and carrying on in the exhibition space, which is (thankfully) divided into areas according to colour. There are quilts, needlepoint items and knitted garments, as well as a few of KF’s paintings and some items which inspired him. There’s a wall of his quotes (a bit hidden, so don’t miss it) and an area which is a reconstruction of his studio. There’s an interesting ‘please touch’ wall. A smaller area contains a different exhibition – of maps – which provided a retreat for my husband! Photography is allowed, but not flash photography.
The KF exhibition continues in the house, with quilts, textile print designs and an amazing set of drawings of the American Museum which he did in the 1960’s. His simple, delicate pen line and brilliant drawing skills are really worth seeing.
For me, the house was a little disappointing compared with memories of previous visits (going all the way back to being a little girl on a school trip in the 1960’s) – but it can’t have changed much, so maybe I’m just remembering badly. The American quilts, however, did not disappoint, and I loved the folk art exhibition.
The guides were all friendly and pleasant to talk to, and when I asked about an exhibit which had been moved, the guide knew exactly where it was and how we could get to it. I think every last one of them asked if we’d seen the KF exhibition yet: they all loved it and were so thrilled to have it there.
We had lunch inside the attractive cafe, as it was a cold day. My husband had a baked potato and I had a delicious quiche with two tasty salads – the offer to warm up the quiche was very welcome.
We had a really enjoyable afternoon at Claverton Manor, and would recommend it.

Visited March 2014

“Interesting afternoon”

Went because the wife is interested in quilting and knitting and there is a collection of American quilts to see. The bonus was the Kaffe Fassett exhibition which was enjoyed very much. The house tour with good audio guides give much information about the history of America and we both came away saying that we had learnt more than we previously knew about the formation of the United States. Had soup and a roll in the cafe which was of reasonable quality and price. Plenty of seating and we could have eaten it out on the terrace if the weather had been warmer. The price was £8.00 each (OAP) which gave entrance to both house and garden and included car parking. Only criticism is that it opens at 12:00.

Visited April 2014

“Kaffe Fassett knitting exhibition”

I went specifically to see this exhibition (having come all the way from Dubai). It was enchanting if a little smaller than expected. My husband also enjoyed the map exhibition whilst I was drooling over the textiles. The views from the terrace cafe are stunning

Visited April 2014

“America”

Visited this museum with my two grandchildren, 16 and 9 years old. We really enjoyed the museum with all the different rooms. The guides in each room explained about the furniture etc and where the articles came from. The quilts were interesting. There was also an exhibition by Kaffe Fassett, vibrant and interesting. We were able to take photographers of all of his work. The children we’re impresses with the wool bombing as it was bright and cheerful. A nice museum to visit.

Visited April 2014

“Kaffe Fassett exhibition”

Wow. It was everything I had hoped it would. Amazing colours, all the things I had seen photographed in books were there. It was a magical, inspiration experience. I took loads of photographs and look forward to seeing them on my screen at home. It is something I have always wanted to see and I am not disappointed. The exhibitors have done a superb job. Kaffe came to see it and was very pleased. As you approach the Exhibition Hall the huge Yew Tree outside was hung with multicoloured pom-poms and shapes covered in fabric, a lovely preview of what is to come.

Visited April 2014

“Kaffe Fassett Exhibition”

I visited this exhibition today displaying the work of Kaffe Fassett. An explosion of colour met you at the first lamppost. It was fantastic. It was extremely well organised and brilliantly presented. The staff were helpful. Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2014

“A World of Colour!”

The American museum never fails to please, It’s a long way to go but worth every mile.

The Kaffe Fassett exhibition was well worth the journey from Scotland. A feast of colour even my husband was impressed.
Staff were very friendly and helpful. I came away with books, fabric and other goodies.
We had a quick look round the Museum, which we have visited before, then enjoyed a great coffee and scone in the Cafe`

Visited March 2014

“Gorgeous venue full of interest”

The American Museum is in a gorgeous location, up high with views of rolling hills and surrounded by immaculate gardens. Interesting house and a very friendly atmosphere throughout. The exhibitions are always enjoyable. The maps from the permanent collection are fascinating and repay a close look. The current temporary exhibition of Kaffe Fassett’s work is not only stunning but the colourful display is amazing! Lovely to be able to take photographs as it is so inspirational. The yarn-bombing over Easter was an added delight. A really lovely place for an enjoyable and varied afternoon.

Visited April 2014

“Great”

Second visit to this museum , first visit was at christmas and it was lovely to see all the rooms decorated in christmas decorations . Went last weekend specifically for the Kaffe Fassett exhibition , what a great exhibition ! Also handy having the free shuttle service from Bath town , can combine a visit with a shopping trip 🙂

“A magical place”

I visited the American Museum again for another look at their quilt collection. It is just amazing and very inspirational for a self-confessed quilt addict. I love all the other exhibits too, especially the Shaker rooms and the artefacts from the native American nations. Talking to the volunteer guides is a revelation as their knowledge, friendliness and enthusiasm for all things American is outstanding.

As a bonus, there is a terrific exhibition of the work of Kaffe Fassett on at the moment. The colours and sheer exuberance of the knitting and quilting on show is amazing. The quality of the exhibitions at the museum is unbelievable. A few years ago, I saw the exhibition of costumes worn by Marilyn Monroe – a very rare opportunity indeed.
It’s not easy to find but please make the effort and this time of year, you will be rewarded by the spectacular bluebells and a great cultural experience. I cannot recommend it enough if Americana is of interest.

Visited April 2014

“Modest in size, really great in performance”

We were at the Kaffe Fassett exhibition in May 2014 and of course visited the rest of the Museum as well. A small museum, collection up to the highest standards though.

Very friendly and very well informed staff.
If the weather is right, you just must have lunch on the terrace which offers one of the best views we have ever enjoyed; just wonderful . Those 19th century gentry families knew where to build their houses, wow…..
By the way; the Kaffe Fassett exhibition was rather small, but very very inspiring for a connaisseur.
Garden and grounds worth a walk.

Visited May 2014

“a hidden gem”

What a lovely day out this place provides. A beautiful old house, in lovely grounds, amid glorious countryside. The museum is full of goodies, and kept us enthralled for hours. We went specially to see the exhibition of work by Kaffe Fassett, which was a real treat, full of vibrant colours and textures, so innovative and cheerful.

Lunch in the little restaurant was excellent. A delicious home-made quiche, and some of the nicest, freshest salad we’d ever tasted in a cafe. Full of grated apple, carrot and other crunchy morsels. Not just greens and tomato. It was truly yummy. Recommended thoroughly, especially if the weather is good, to enjoy the gardens. But allow plenty of time.

Visited May 2014

“Kaffe Fassett exhibition”

It is some years since we last visited the American Museum at Claverton Manor at Bath. The incentive this time was to accompany our daughter to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition of sensational colour in his display of needlework especially quilts. In fact we enjoyed it every bit as much as she did. The exhibition of over 100 pieces of work may not be vast but is superb nonetheless. If you love colour and textiles you will not wish to miss this – it runs until 2nd November 2014.

The rest of the museum is fascinating in demonstrating the domestic arrangements of early Americans from 17th to 19th centuries.
On a fine day there is the additional benefit of delightful gardens and some of the best views in the Bath area.

Visited May 2014

“Visit whilst Kaffe exhibition is on!”

I have visited this lovely friendly museum before, it is the perfect size to enjoy in 3-4 hrs and to have a tasty lunch too. At present the Kaffe Fassett exhibition of colour is on, so enjoy his display of quilts, knitting and needlepoint. Some of the work is amazing. It occupies the exhibition hall but in the main building there are more quilts and original drawings.

Both of my visits have been in the rain so have not explored the gardens, which I hear are beautiful, with a nice herb shop too.

Visited May 2014

“Kaffe Fassett”

Made a visit to the Museum specially to see the Special Exhibition of Kaffe Fassets work, which was really enjoyable and inspiring. The main museum is well ordered and the exhibits give an insight into the early Americans’ way of life. There’s a lot to take in, and I will have to return to see the gardens and the patchwork quilts, as I spent so much time in the Kaffe Fassett and the Map exhibit, so if you do plan to go make sure you allow enough time!

I drove there but there is a really good shuttle from the centre of Bath.

Visited May 2014

“Kaffee Fasset exhibit was beautiful”

We went to the museum to primarily see this exhibit and it was stunning. It was one of my favourite exhibits. We also liked the American Museum except for their insistence that you tour in a certain order. The cream tea on the patio was wonderful with a most amazing view

Visited May 2014

AmericanMuseum, Marketing Manager at American Museum, responded to this review: Thank you for taking the time to write a review and sharing your experience. It is disappointing to learn that you felt that the route was insisted upon. We have a suggested route to ensure no-one misses anything and the Period Rooms run in date order so that visitors can feel like they are travelling through time. However, there is no right or wrong route and our corps of volunteers are trained to respect the wishes of our visitors if they wish to visit a particular room first. The only thing to add is that, as you saw, some areas are narrow so would be difficult to introduce two flow ‘traffic’. We do what we can and we will use your review to emphasize this in our training sessions.

The Kaffe Fassett exhibition has been extremely popular this year and we’re pleased you came to enjoy all the colours and fabrics he put on show. Maybe the memory of an English cream tea overlooking our West Country valley with a collection of Americana onsite will stay with you and tempt you back another day.

“Kaffe Fassett exhibition”

Went to see this amazing artist’s exhibition. Fabulous! Didn’t see the whole museum but what we did was very interesting

Visited May 2014

“Amazing colours”

We have visited Claverton Manor several times over the years and always find it really interesting and enjoyable, but our main reason for going this year was to see The Colourful World Of Kaffe Fassett Exhibition. It was fabulous, the colours were dazzling, and it was wonderful to see items you were familiar with from photographs arranged so beautifully. Some of his quilts were hung very imaginatively in the Manor’s stairwell, and do not miss the drawings Kaffe did of the various room settings when he first visited Claverton Manor 50 years ago.

Visited June 2014

“Wonderful”

Called yesterday and thought we would only spend a short time there and instead we stayed for ages. It was so interesting and the Kaffe Fasset exhibition was fabulous. Well worth a visit.

Visited June 2014

“Colour sensation by Kaffe Fassett”

We went to the American Museum to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition. For any person interested in knitting, patchwork, tapestry, working with colour this is a summer must. The trees and lamp posts around the exhibition area are covered with colourful knitted wraps and decorations. The entrance to the display areas shout with pink and other vibrant colours knocking you back on your heels. The displays of wonderful finished garments, rugs, hangings and cushions make you want to ban magnolia as a colour for ever. That aside the museum showing how early Americans lived is very interesting for all the family to visit. Set in stunning grounds with extensive views. There is a free mini bus service from Bog Island in the centre of Bath up to the museum and back which we used to get there.

Visited June 2014

“All things American.”

My friend and I took the free shuttle bus from Bog Isle in the centre of Bath up to the museum. The driver was such an enthusiastic volunteer who gave a good insight into how the museum came to be and the founders relationship with Kaffe Fassett. My friend wanted to see the Kaffe Fassett collection in particular and she was not disappointed. A riot of design and colour. Superb. In the main museum the varying collections, period rooms, quilts, Native American artefacts proved so interesting and well displayed. There is a little shop well stocked with all things American and reasonably priced. Allow time too to wander the gardens and take in the superb views.

Visited July 2014

“Two hour trip to American Museum”

This was one for my husband really, but we both enjoyed the museum, and its contents. There was an exhibition on of the work by Kaffe Fassett very interesting. The gardens were beautiful. We didn’t have long enough to explore all of the grounds. Definitely one to go back to

Visited July 2014

“What an interesting museum.”

I went to the American Museum specifically to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition which was inspirational – so much colour and creativity in one place. I also visited the main museum which was fascinating and so interesting – the Native American displays in particular. The volunteer staff were so helpful and informative – I must pick out the lovely lady who was in the replica bar who told me so much information and was so passionate about her subject. Also the driver of the shuttle bus was again was full of enthusiasm for his job and the place where he works that it really rubbed off on his passengers! Definitely recommended.

Visited July 2014

“Kaffe Fassett rocks!”

We went here on the brilliant free shuttle bus from the centre of town, specifically to see the superb Kaffe Fassett collection, which is an outstanding rainbow of colour and creativity. Our driver was so enthusiastic about the main museum that we visited that first and were so glad that we did! Informative, fascinating and friendly.

Visited July 2014

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