Winter gardens

The recently re-vamped gardens at Bath’s American Museum are going to stay open for this year’s Christmas festivities which will launch on November 22nd.

The new look gardens.

The Museum will be working with The Natural Theatre Company to be bring three special characters to the period rooms.

They will be decorated to reflect the changing times and how early America kept family and friends cosy in the winter months.

The Museum will also host a 17-foot long Christmas tree. This is Bath’s tallest indoor Christmas tree.

usa tree full length
A previous Christmas tree at the American Museum.

Assistant Curator, Steph Forbes said, “Visitors will be able to step back to days gone by and experience winter life in America. Fun and frivolity in Conkey’s Tavern, hunkering down against a winter chill in the house of the Lee family, and party preparations in old New Orleans await all intrepid time travellers this festive season. I’m pleased to say that, back by popular demand, visitors will be able to sample some of the Conkey’s famous gingerbread.”

For the first time ever, the gardens will remain open during the Christmas season. The American Museum has recently opened a £2-million pound ‘New American Garden.’ The New American Garden is the first European commission for Washington DC-based landscape architects Oehme, van Sweden (OvS).

Head of Visitor Experience, Jon Ducker said, “When you’ve wandered through the ages you can spend more time relaxing in our café or at one of our keeping cosy inspired events. If you’d like to spend a little time outside, for the first time ever at the American Museum our transformed gardens will be open for exploring. Remember to bring your four legged friend too.”

‘Tis the season – Keep cosy this Christmas runs from 22 November – 16 December. For more information, please see:


Cosy inspired events:

Cosy Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November
11am – 4pm

Traditional Christmas wreath making with Sarah Pepper

Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 December.
11am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm

Meet Santa

Saturdays 8 and 15 December. Sundays 9 and 16 December
Timeslots between 11.30am and 3pm

A winters trail

22 Nov to 16 December Tuesday to Sunday
11am – 4pm (last trails issued at 2pm)