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Bath - Claverton
The American Museum in Britain

Christmas Displays
Sunday 28 November to Sunday 22 December 2013

Theme for 2013

Ingenious Inventions

Every Christmas the Museum is transformed for the festive season and this year we celebrate ingenious inventions throughout history. Each Period Room is dedicated to a different innovation: from the crazy swim fins invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1717 to the swivel chair designed by Thomas Jefferson, who reputedly drafted the Declaration of Independence while sitting in his creation.

Professor Crank is having trouble with his time machine and pieces are dropping off wherever he lands. Look out for the cogs and levers that have fallen in the Period Rooms.

The Christmas shops will be open throughout this period, selling a range of original Christmas gifts and decorations. From Friday 13 December to Sunday 15 December the Museum is hosting a Christmas Craft Fair. Local craftspeople will be selling their unique handmade gifts, perfect for the festive season.

As the light begins to fade, and the magnificent 17 foot Christmas tree that fills the central hall is lit by thousands of tiny white lights, the handcrafted decorations looks even more magical. Experience this special time at the Museum during our late opening on Friday 6 December, from 6pm. Booking is essential.

On Sunday 22 December Father Christmas will be at the Museum to help celebrate the last day of our Christmas festivities.

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The American Museum in Britain takes you on a journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the 20th century.
With its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts, the Museum shows the diverse and complex nature of American culture.
The only Museum of Americana outside the United States, the Museum was founded to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe.

The Museum's collection of furniture, paintings, quilts, silver and glass is presented in a series of Period Rooms within the historic Claverton Manor. Our quilt collection is on show in the Textile Room within the manor house.

The Folk Art Gallery, opened in 2011, beautifully displays the Museum's extensive collection of American Folk Art.New for 2012 are two animated touch screens to extend the visitor's enjoyment to this room.

In the basement is the permanent American Heritage Exhibition, which tells the stories of the Founding Fathers, Native Americans and the Civil War, through a series of interactive galleries that bring the development of America and American culture to life with bright and tactile exhibits - great for kids of all ages!

Each year a different exhibition is on display in our Exhibition Gallery.

The Museum is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with spectacular views over the valley of the River Avon. The grounds total some 120 acres, of which forty are open to visitors.

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