Dog Friendly Days Out

American Museum & Gardens

Bath, Somerset

Relaunched in 2018 as The American Museum & Gardens, Claverton Manor officially opened as a museum in 1961 with the aim of displaying the achievements of Americans in the decorative arts and promoting Anglo-American understanding.

It is the only museum outside the United States to showcase the decorative arts of America. The permanent collection includes more than two hundred historic American quilts, exceptional pieces of Shaker furniture, Native American objects, and two hundred historical maps of the New World from the twelfth century to the Renaissance. The museum also has the most significant collection of American folk art in Europe.

Opened in September 2018 by Alan Titchmarsh, the New American Garden is the first European commission for Washington DC-based landscape architects Oehme, van Sweden. The planting follows the free-form style made famous by the firm’s founders, Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden. Native American shrubs, perennials, and bulbs feature heavily, but the garden is designed to work with the steep terrain and enhance the view over the Limpley Stoke Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Museum’s gardens also feature a reproduction of George Washington’s upper garden as it would have appeared on his Mount Vernon estate in Virginia in 1799. Our Mount Vernon garden features ornamental planting, fruit and vegetables, and boxwood hedges in the shape of four fleur de lis which symbolize the friendship between America’s first president and the Marquis de Lafayette.

Visitors can relax in the Garden Café which serves a home-made American inspired menu and treat themselves to some retail therapy in the Gallery Shop.

The museum also hosts regular special exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Please visit our website for more information.
Telephone: 01225 460503Email: [email protected]Website: https://americanmuseum.org
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