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Volunteers Week

The first week of June is National Volunteers’ Week and here at the American Museum we will be marking the work of our wonderful team of volunteers with a Tea Party on the Terrace on 6 June. To add to the fun there will once again be a baking competition and this year, in keeping with our main exhibition, we will be putting creativity to the test by inviting cakes, cup cakes, cookies, and tray bakes, all decorated with An American Toy Story theme. We have nearly 150 volunteers at the Museum who are all great ambassadors for us, either as room guides, tour guides, assisting in the library, herb shop assistants, garden workers, and curatorial helpers. We could not open without them and we say a massive thank you to every single one of them for their amazing support.

Last Chance to see 'Jeremiah! Inspired Interiors' Exhibition

Ends Friday 1 July 2016

Jeremiah Goodman’s iconic room portraits chronicle the homes of the rich and famous throughout the 20th century: Diana Vreeland, Caroline Herrera, Greta Garbo, and Hermione Gingold. Enter the private boudoirs and entertaining rooms of the rich and famous as brought to life by a man whose social skills matched his artistry.

Included with full admission.


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Events 2016

There are many talks, tours, and fairs (including Independence Day and the ever popular Textile Fair) and workshops, courses, & classes (including ones focused on painting and gardening) coming up, so be sure to book soon!

Particularly interesting is the last of our New Native Art series of talks, this time with young artist Del Curfman, an enrolled member of the Crow tribe of Montana. Join Del here on Thursday 9 June for an introduction to his work in celebration of his first solo show, which will be displayed at Rainmaker Gallery, Bristol. £7. Booking essential. Please get in touch to book.

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.

Give a donation today

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

The Museum is a registered UK charity but receives no American or British government funding. We are dependent on you to fund our activities and maintain our beautiful Manor House and Gardens. It’s easy to give: you can donate a regular or one-off gift online here

Alternatively, you can donate by credit/debit card by calling 01225 823010 or filling in the donation form at the reception desk and placing it in the envelope provided. You can also give a cash gift via the donation box in the Museum’s café or send a cheque (payable to the American Museum in Britain) to the Development Office, American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD. 

Thank you for your support.

Surprise Visitor to the Country Store

Country Store Manager Christine Bocci was on duty & met her

During May Alice Backman and her husband visited us from Hagerstown, Maryland. Alice is the owner of Alice’s Cottage, one of the leading fabric giftware companies in the USA. The Country Store has been buying goods from Alice’s Cottage for more than fifteen years, and from the beginning they have been our best seller especially popular at Christmas due to their originality and American charm. Alice was enchanted by the original old store’s fixtures & fittings and took lots of photographs to show her staff in the USA, including a ‘sneaky’ one of me behind the counter!

News from the Gallery Shop

The Star Wars books, badges, and light sabers, and also all our Frozen gifts, are proving very popular with the young – and indeed not so young! The Gallery Shop also has new ranges this year which showcase some of the Museum’s most iconic images, from Buffalo Bill to Audubon’s birds, and of course the perennially popular quilts. The images are reproduced on boxed china mugs, coasters, cotton bags, and stationery.

With Father’s Day coming up there may be a unique gift to be found here…

University of Bath Open Day's

Thursday 16 & Friday 17 June 2016

The University of Bath will be hosting two of its award-winning Open Days this month and expects thousands of prospective students and their families to make their way to campus. These will take place on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 June, and although the organisers at the University will endeavour to minimise disruption, there will be some localised impact to your journey. We recommend those coming by car to approach us via the A36 Warminster Road and come up Claverton Hill. Coaches, Minibuses, and campervans can only access us by passing the University due to the narrow lane and sharp turn into our drive. Our Shuttle Bus schedule may also be affected, so please be patient.


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