American Museum named Small Attraction of the Year

November 10, 2017 -

The American Museum in Britain has been named Small Attraction of the Year at the Bristol Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards.

The American Museum was awarded gold in the Small Attraction of the Year category.

Renowned for its unique collection of decorative arts, the museum takes you on a journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the twentieth century.

This is the first time the American Museum has won.

Jon Ducker, Head of Visitor Experience said, “To be named Small Attraction of the Year is a great honour for everyone who has put so much hard work into making it a reality. The staff and volunteers at the American Museum work tirelessly to ensure we are a fantastic visitor attraction. This award will act as a welcome recognition for all of their efforts.”

The awards ceremony was held at the Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton on Thursday 9 November.


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Note to Editors

The American Museum in Britain opened to the public at Claverton Manor near Bath in 1961 with the aim of showcasing the achievements of Americans in the decorative arts and promoting Anglo-American understanding.

It is the only museum outside the United States to showcase the decorative arts of America. The permanent collection includes more than two hundred historic American quilts, exceptional pieces of Shaker furniture, Native American objects, and two hundred historical maps of the New World from the twelfth century to the Renaissance.  The museum also has the most significant collection of American folk art in Europe.

The manor house is set within extensive grounds, which include an arboretum of American trees and expansive views across the Bath skyline.