Slightly apprehensive about what to expect, I braved the persistent drizzle and boarded the quaint little shuttle bus in the centre of Bath to the American Museum in Britain, which is only a 15 minute drive away.
When we arrived we were lucky enough to be taken behind the scenes at the museum and shown some of the beautiful quilts and textiles from their collection. Ranging from the eighteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries the American Museum has an impressive collection of over 200 quilts. It was amazing to see them up close and admire the level of skill that went into stitching them by hand.
Opened to the public in 1961 and housed in a spectacular 1820 manor house with picturesque views, the American Museum takes you on a journey across American history from its early settlers to the twentieth century through their extensive collection of treasures.
I especially enjoyed the period rooms and imagining what it would’ve been like to live at different times in America over the last 300 years. The quirky Folk Art was also particularly captivating. The crimson-coloured room containing the collection was a treasure trove and probably my favourite room in the museum.
They are currently running a temporary exhibition until 30th October called, An American Toy Story, which showcases a fantastic collection of vintage and modern toys spanning 100 years and explores the impact the movie industry had on their production.
From a delightful little herb shop to a cosy cafe and stunning grounds, there’s so much to do at the American Museum in Britain and I’d definitely recommend visiting if you’re ever in Bath.
Thank you to the American Museum, IgersBath and Visit Bath, it was a really great day and I met some lovely people. If you want to see more photos from the day you can explore the hashtag #AMIBInstaMeet on Instagram.