We are now closed for the rest of the winter season, reopening 11 March 2023

Christmas at Claverton Manor

A visit to Claverton Manor, the magnificent Georgian home of the American Museum, during the festive season has been a tradition for our members and local families for many years. If you have not yet visited us at this time, why not add us to your festive plans this year.

Each year our talented volunteers decorate the public areas and galleries of the American Museum with incredible handcrafted decorations, taking on a theme or telling a story. For 2021 the theme is based on sustainability and nature, bringing the outside in, with natural materials, papercraft and fabric featured throughout.

Our famous Christmas tree, a 17-foot Nordmann Fir, which takes pride of place in the Museum’s Central Hall, is decorated uniquely each year, and is a must-see highlight of a visit during December. If ever there was a perfect spot for a Christmas “selfie” or capturing an annual festive photograph of your children, this is it!

This year the tree will be covered with Winter woodland creatures, each one cut from paper and inspired by the Pennsylvania-German tradition of Scherrernschnitte, a charming and inexpensive way to lift the Christmas spirits.

Throughout the month of December we are inviting our visitors to share their pictures by our tree, past and present, by tagging us on social media and using the hashtag #AmericanmuseumChristmasTree.

While you’re here, why not pick up some gifts and decorations at The Christmas Coach House, a magical and immersive Christmas shopping experience, open every day.

Christmas opening times: 

Manor House (Museum Collection) Christmas opening times: Daily from 25 November to 31 December (not 6/13/24/25/26 Dec), 11am to 4pm (last entry at 3pm).

The Gardens, Cafe, Gift Shop and Exhibition are open from 10am to 4pm, with last entry at 3pm.

Please note access to the Manor House from 20-23 and 28-31 December may be by escorted tour only. Tours last approximately one hour and will take place at regular intervals between 11am and 3pm, depending on the number of volunteers we have available on the day. Please ask at the Ticket Office when you arrive and our staff will be able to advise when tours are happening on that day.

On New Years Eve, 31 December, there will be morning tours only between 11am and 1pm.

Tickets are available from the Ticket Office on arrival.