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Every Thursday from 17 March, 10.30am - 12noon (except during school holidays).

Due to its success last year we are continuing the weekly term-time gathering for accompanied children aged 0-5, from 17 March.

Engaging craft activities for parents / carers as well as children, inspired by items from the Museum’s collection. Play, sing, craft, and share a snack.

£8 per family per session, to be paid in advance (non refundable). Booking essential, please get in touch to book.


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Cafe & Gardens to open from 10.30am

We are delighted to announce that we have extended the opening hours for our cafe & gardens. From Saturday 19 March, visitors will be able to purchase admission tickets from 10.30am and visit the cafe & gardens before the Museum & galleries open at 12noon.

Come and enjoy the morning sunshine on the terrace with your elevenses!


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An American Toy Story

Saturday 19 March to Sunday 30 October 2016

Just like the films that inspired the toys and collectables in our new exhibition, An American Toy Story promises to be a real blockbuster!

This exhibition explores the huge impact that movie-licensing had on toy production and the way we play. A collection of vintage treasures and modern classics, spanning over 100 years, is on display together for the very first time. Whether you’re a Disney princess or the next James Bond, you’re certain to find something to delight you in this show.

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Events 2016

Family fun, music series, workshops, and events

We’re excited to announce our full year’s schedule of events for 2016, with something for everyone. 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.

The first event is our An American Toy Story Launch on Saturday 19 March with fighting Jedis, a DeLorean on the lawn, and a chance to bring your own toys and collectibles for a live valuation with Antiques Roadshow experts.

Our annual Easter Yarn Bomb Trail will be in place from Good Friday through to Easter Monday with characters linked to the exhibition’s theme! The first music event is The Carrivick Sisters on Sunday 27 March.

With many talks, workshops, and concerts, including A Lady Sings the Blues on Thursday 31 March, be sure to book soon!


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New Membership Programme for 2016

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new Membership Programme for 2016. Members play a key role in the life of the Museum, and we wanted to make sure that our Membership programme was tailored to suit the needs of all our Members.

We’ve created a new tiered system which will allow you to enjoy the Museum in the way that suits you — whether that’s enjoying the sunshine in the gardens and grounds, or coming to behind-the-scenes events.


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Fond farewell

Robin Swift – who has worked at the Museum in the Gardens Team since 1981 – is retiring. During his time he has seen six Head Gardeners come and go and witnessed a great deal of change and expansion in the garden.

The Arboretum, the Parkland and the Lewis & Clark Trail have all opened during his time, along with the construction of the Exhibition Gallery in 1987.  In fact he fondly remembers when the foundation stone was ceremoniously set by Prince Charles – he actually spoke to Robin for a minute or two to discuss which roses grew best in the gardens here!

Robin has contributed almost his entire working life to the Museum, something which is increasingly rare these days, and he has almost certainly undertaken every horticultural job under the sun!  He is particularly proud of the trees he has planted (including this lovely dawn redwood – Metasequoia glyptostroboides found in the Arboretum) and has gained great satisfaction in keeping the main lawn neatly mowed.

We all wish him well in his retirement and thank him for his tremendous contribution to the Museum. Thank you Robin!

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Give an online donation today

Did you know that it costs £3,425 per day to keep the Museum’s doors open?

We are dependent on you, our individual members, other supporters, and visitors, to fund the Museum’s annual and permanent exhibitions, our free events and other activities, and the maintenance of our beautiful Manor House and extensive Gardens. The Museum is a registered UK charity but receives no American or British government funding.

You can now donate to the Museum using our easy and efficient online facility. Simply click here to make your contribution.

Fashion Archives on Film— A Closer Look at Beatrice Pratt

The Fashion Archives on Film project gave us the opportunity to delve into our archive of the personal documents relating to Beatrice Pratt, New York socialite and mother of Dallas Pratt, co-founder of the American Museum. Read more about what we discovered, and watch a series of short films about Beatrice made by students from the Bath Studio School, here

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