Top 10 things to see and do

1. Collect a family backpack from Reception and explore the Museum through different activities and senses – how smelly were people’s homes years ago?

2. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea in our Orangery Café and discover what a Snickerdoodle is.

3. Browse in the Museum’s shops, stocked will delightful and distinctive American-style gifts and souvenirs.

4. Wander around our Period Rooms and choose your favourite object. Amongst our favourites is the clock with only one hand on display in the Seventeenth Century Keeping Room.

5. View our textiles in a different light. A new lighting system has been installed which will make it much easier to see the fine stitching and other details that make our textile collection world-renowned.

6. Take part in one of our Family Fun events.

7. ‘Tell us what you think’ – fill in a Visitor Survey! We love to hear what our visitors thought of their visit, anything they particularly enjoyed or things they would like to see. Let us know what you think about the American Museum.

8. Visit the Folk Art Gallery. Housed in the former picture gallery of Claverton Manor, this collection includes paintings, cigar store Indians, decoys, and weathervanes. Be sure to look out for our Lady Liberty weathervane towering over the gallery.

9. Marvel at the majestic trees in the aboretum and parkland.

10. Lie on the floor and admire the lantern in Central Hall. There are no exterior walls here and this magnificent space is lit with natural daylight that cascades down from the arrangement of windows in the roof.