American Museum Bath

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Today, after a long drab winter, we are off to the American Museum near Bath. I have recently taken up patchwork quilting and there is a large display of antique ones there, as well as other things American.

The weather was good so after making up our packed lunch we set forth. Today we are using Dobby as the old manor house has access to all floors using a small lift. Nigel checked out their website access statement which showed the G’s are too big for the lift.

There is a lot of road closures around the area at the moment which meant a bit of a circuitous route but we made good time arriving shortly after they opened at 10.00. We found parking was very good and using the wheelchair for the quilt exhibition as well as the museum itself was best (even ‘Little Rascal’ would have been too big for some of it).

The Kaffe Fassett Exhibition where the original eighteenth century quilts were hung near the modern ones they had inspired was well worth the visit and gave me as a relatively new quilter many ideas for future projects.


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The three floors of the actual museum are all accessible (very unusual in a listed building) and show everything from the early settlers through to the modern age with many interactive exhibits. There were many very knowledgeable guides about the place who were only too happy to pass on extra information in a friendly way.

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After spending quite a while looking around and at their display of probably 50 odd quilts Nigel left me outside on a bench in the warm sun while he swapped the wheelchair for the scooter. We had our lunch – the only disappointment of the day was that the allocated picnic area was entirely in the shade and a bit chilly.

Then on for an explore of the gardens


before calling it a day and fighting the traffic again on our return home.

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