American Museum – main house reopens

Claverton Manor – at the American Museum in Britain – is due to reopen for the season next Saturday.

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The American Museum at Claverton Down.

The seasonal relaunch was delayed by a water leak in March of this year, but –  after subsequent assessment by specialists – a spokesperson told Bath Newseum: ‘We’re pleased to let you know that we’re now in a position to re-open the manor house and the permanent collection from Saturday, 5th May.

We do still need to undertake some work in the affected rooms, however, so a few areas will unfortunately still not be accessible to visitors.

Sadly, 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.

There is also some disruption to the usual display in the Lee Room, but visitors will be able to see at first-hand the work our team has undertaken to protect and care for the unique objects in the collection affected by the leak.

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Living history with an WW1 solider to talk to!

We’d like to thank you again for your patience whilst the permanent collection was closed and also during the transformational work underway in our Gardens.
In addition to the permanent collection, visitors can still experience our WWI centenary exhibition, Side by Side: America and World War I which commemorates a hundred years since America’s first major military land involvement in the Great War.

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They can also see the 1718 patchwork coverlet, which is on loan to us from the Quilters Guild of the British Isles, until the end of July.

With an exciting year of events and activities still ahead, plus the launch of the New American Garden, we look forward to welcoming you to the Museum soon.’