The Museum’s collection of furniture, paintings, quilts, silver, and glass is presented in a series of Period Rooms within the historic Claverton Manor. Quilts and textiles are also showcased in the Textile Room. On the lower-level the American Heritage Exhibition tells the stories of the Founding Fathers, Native Americans, and the Civil War, through a series of interactive galleries that bring the development of America and American culture to life with bright and tactile exhibits – great for kids of all ages!
The Museum’s Shaker furniture is celebrated throughout the world. The Shakers arrived in America only a few years before the Revolution. Mother Ann’s teachings shaped all aspects of Shaker daily life, including the design of village furniture. She advocated that each thing, spiritual or otherwise, should be made: ‘plain and simple … unembellished by any superfluities’. The linear elegance of the Shaker pieces at the American Museum reflects this founding principle of strength through simplicity.
For enquiries about the collection please contact a member of the curatorial department.
*Please be aware that after a leak in the main Museum building in March of this year, we’re currently unable to re-open Conkey’s Tavern, Greek Revival, and the New Orleans Bedroom, because further essential repair and maintenance work needs to be undertaken in these spaces. More information here.