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Christmas 2016 – Treasured Toys

24 November to 18 December 2016 Tuesday – Sunday, 12noon-4.30pm Closed Mondays

For our 2016 Christmas displays, we welcome all our visitors to come and play as we celebrate traditional toys and games from American history. Our Period Rooms are transformed to show a different favourite pastime and are filled with festive florals, toys, games, and fun.

The centrepiece of the displays is the magnificent Nordman Fir Christmas tree that fills our Central Hall. This year it is bedecked with stocking filler toys that festoon the tree in bands of colour to create a rainbow of treats. It’s unlike anything we have done before!

Teddy bears have run amok in the Museum. See if you can catch them unawares, as they try to hold their teddy bears’ picnic in our Period Rooms.

Kids in Museums Takeover Day

On Friday 18 November we invited 30 pupils from St Philip’s Primary School to the Museum as part of the Kids in Museums Takeover Day.  The class worked alongside Museum staff members and local experts to create behind-the-scenes films about how we care for our collections.

The films will play an important role at the Museum, helping us to train staff members and volunteers.  They will also be available on our website to promote best practice and demonstrate how we look after the collection.  We are looking forward to sharing the final films on social media and on our website.

A huge thank you to everyone that was involved in the project, including the staff and pupils of St Philip’s Primary. We are very glad that you enjoyed the day as much as we did!

‘I speak for everyone when I say we absolutely loved the American Museum, and we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our day one to remember.’  Pupil from Kestrel class, St Philip’s Primary.

‘Thank you for one of our most fascinating school trips we’ve had and I speak for the whole class when I say we’d love to come and visit again.’ Pupil from Kestrel class, St Philip’s Primary.

Groups & Marketing Manager

In July our Groups & Marketing Manager, Helen Masters, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Alexander John weighed just 4lb 4oz when first in the world but is now a bouncing bundle of 14lb 3oz at last weigh-in. Proud Father, Rich Masters, who many will recognise as one of our Duty Managers, enjoys spending time with his new son and looks forward to creating many family memories.

Originally planning to return in January, after twenty years at the American Museum, Helen has decided to become a full-time Mum – with a face like Alexander’s who can blame her?!

Smiley Coyotes

This year we have welcomed 275 under-fives and their carers to our Smiley Coyotes sessions.  From creating floral tussie mussies to splatter- painting a tipi, storytelling in the Museum to making lanterns from foraged leaves, the activities have enabled us to interpret the Museum collection for our youngest visitors in fun, hands-on, and creative ways.  We are looking forward to continuing Smiley Coyotes next year, with under-fives practitioner Noeline Beesley, on Thursday mornings from 23 March.

Gift Membership to the American Museum

Why not treat your friends or family with a Gift Membership Subscription for 2017? It is a lovely gift that can be used throughout the whole of the next year. Choose your level of Membership and pay by card over the phone and the Membership package will be sent to you in time for Christmas.

01225 823010


Concert: Christmas with Noctis – What Sweeter Music

December 10, 2016 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join Bath’s award-winning chamber choir for a selection of festive carols by Lauridsen, Todd, Rutter, Nordqvist, Ives and Jonathan Lane.

£10 – to register call 01225 820866 or use our contact form.

All participants must register to take part in courses, workshops, talks, and some children’s workshops

Holiday Homecoming

December 18, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a magical end to our Christmas season.

We’re delighted to confirm that Father Christmas himself will be paying us a special visit. Meet him and the elves in the grotto and let them know what you’d like to unwrap on Christmas morning.

Join the choir for festive carols, create your own Christmas crafts, and enjoy the festive atmosphere and a mince pie or two!

Included with full admission (gardens and grounds closed). Drop-in, booking not necessary, recommended age 3+.

Please contact us with any queries.

Artists' impression of chandelier

Give to our annual appeal today

The Museum needs generous members and supporters to boost donations to its latest annual appeal. We need to raise £20,000 to prepare for, and mark, the Manor House’s 200th anniversary in 2020. We wish to commission British artist Bruce Munro to create and install a spectacular chandelier, or light sculpture, in Central Hall to celebrate this milestone. The new installation will be unique in the United Kingdom and sympathetic to the history of the House, with a “nod” to the vibrant role it plays in modern times.

You can donate to the annual appeal in several ways: online ; by telephone (01225 823010); or by post. Simply download, print, and complete the donation form on our website and return it with your cheque to: Development Office, American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD. The Museum accepts debit and credit card donations (American Express, Delta, Maestro, Mastercard, and Visa).

Thank you for your support.

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