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'Jeremiah! Inspired Interiors' by Jeremiah Goodman

Tuesday 19 April – Friday 1 July 2016

For three months in the spring, the American Museum will host Jeremiah Goodman’s first European show – a chronicle of stylish room portraits which pre-date the wide use of photography. These paintings depict the homes of design greats such as Caroline Herrera and Diana Vreeland, as well as celebrities including Greta Garbo and Hermione Gingold.


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Events 2016

Family fun, music series, workshops, and events

Eco-week has a mix of pre-booked workshops and drop-in events for families during the Bath & North East Somerset School Holidays. Take a look at our Family Fun Spring 2016 list and join us.

There are many concerts, talks, & tours plus workshops, courses, & classes coming up, so be sure to book soon!

Please take a look at our full events listing on our website, call us to request leaflets, or download leaflets from the following links. We have split the event leaflets into three: Family Fun, Music Series, and Workshops and Events so that visitors are able to select their preference.

Family Membership

With the Easter holidays upon us, now is a great time to sign up for a Family Membership to the American Museum. Family Membership starts from £35 and will entitle you to bring up to five children to the Museum throughout the year, as often as you like. Explore the gardens and grounds, have tea in the café, hide in the tipi, borrow a Museum Explorer backpack, and take part in tons of Family Fun activities. Find further details here.

Early Bird Art Installation

Saturday 30 April - Monday 2 May 2016

To celebrate our new earlier opening time of 10.30am for gardens and grounds, we’ve commissioned a very special art installation for May bank holiday weekend. Local artists Carl Godfrey, David Gordon, and Emily Hunter will be hand-crafting a flock of early birds inspired by our Folk Art collections. The birds will be installed on the South Lawn from Saturday 30 April until Monday 2 May. Don’t miss them!

Give a donation today

Did you know that it costs £3,425 per day to keep the Museum running?

We are dependent on you to fund exhibitions, events and maintenance of our beautiful Manor House and Gardens. The Museum is a registered UK charity but receives no American or British government funding. You can support the Museum using our easy online donation facility. Simply click here.
Alternatively, you can donate by:

  • credit/debit card by calling 01225 823010 (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Delta, or Maestro cards accepted) or filling in the donation form at the reception desk and placing it in the envelope provided
  • cheque (payable to the American Museum in Britain) and sent to the Development Office, American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD or filling in the donation form as above
  • cash via the new donation box in the Museum’s café entrance.

 Thank you for your support!

Claridge Lecture: Prison or Arcadia? What Americans Made of the English Country House - with Clive Aslet

Thursday 12 May, 7pm

Clive Aslet, who has written extensively about country houses on both sides of the Atlantic, describes how Americans have responded to the English country house— and what they have contributed to many of its greatest examples.

£7. Booking essential. Please get in touch to book.

The Claridge lecture is generously funded by a donation made by the Smith family in memory of Wendy Claridge.


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News from the gardens

The Garden Team is pleased to announce that we have recently recruited 6 new Garden Volunteers. They are Charlie Hartshorn (who also works at the Museum as Events Officer), Chloë Chadwick, Robin Foster, Maggie Hunter, Pauline Hartley, and Toni Weekes.  They join our two existing volunteers Judy Wilmott and Roger Busby.  We are really pleased and excited to have them with us and could not have finished the renovation work in Mount Vernon (see picture left) in time for opening without them, so thanks to them all.  We are looking forward to a successful season ahead, and with their help will continue the positive, upward direction the Garden is heading in.

Spirit Hawk Eye Films

The wonderful frim Animated Magic has produced a series of short films documenting the Spirit Hawk Eye events that were held at the Museum last summer. Visit the Videos page of our website to watch Nocona Burgess talking about Comanche history and its influence on his art, see Sarita McGowan talking about her Ioway regalia, and enjoy the first ever animated Chumash legend!

Rail disruptions in local area

For those coming to Bath by train, please note that there will be a nine day closure between 2 and 11 April 2016 of the railway between Bristol and Bath. The closure will see both Keynsham and Oldfield Park stations closed and rail services suspended. Work is required to support the electrification of the Great Western Route. Once all railway upgrade work is complete, this will bring greater capacity, cleaner trains, higher frequency services, and better connections. During the closure period, rail replacement services will be provided by Great Western Railway (GWR). For more information click here

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