Look Who Supports the Museum…
Notables explain why they rate us and our work highly
I have been visiting the American Museum since the early 1960s and have always been inspired by its wonderful historic textile collection, especially the many bold and beautiful quilts on display. This internationally renowned collection of superlative quilts is not only a fantastic collection of art and craft, but also a source of inspiration for all artists and generations of artists to come.
Kaffe Fassett, Textile Designer and Artist
The American Museum in Britain opens a window on the United States to reveal a world at one and the same time intimately familiar to the British eye and yet already acquiring the characteristics of a separate and sometimes alien nation. Through a superb collection of decorative art from the colonial era and early years of independence, Claverton Manor enlightens the curious visitor and deeply satisfies the historian.
Sir Christopher Meyer, former British Ambassador to the United States
The textile collection at the American Museum is a stunner. I went to see it when I was researching my novel The Last Runaway, which features 19th-century quilt making. It helped me to see American quilts up close, and I was astonished at the quality of the collection. We are lucky to have at hand such a wide range of beautifully made quilts.
Tracy Chevalier, Author and Patron
I have delighted in the American Museum for thirty years and love its eclectic mix of objects, furniture and works of art. It is impossible to imagine anybody not enjoying a visit, whatever their age or interests. The house and setting are magnificent, the welcome from knowledgeable staff and volunteers always warm. What’s more, the changing exhibition programme and unusual (often light-hearted) events make the American Museum a venue worth visiting again and again. Truly it is a jewel in Britain’s crown and a living testimony to the ‘special relationship’ which means so much to all those who (like me) love the peoples and cultures of the United States.
Bel Mooney, Journalist, Author, and Patron
What a wonderful gem the American Museum in Bath is – and what a surprise. Nestled in England’s green and rolling landscape it’s a slice of Americana. Wander from period rooms to folk art, and then step into George Washington’s gardens at Mount Vernon. Marvellous.
Andrea Wulf, Award-winning Garden Historian