Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath

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The Museum of Bath Architecture (formerly known as the Building of Bath Museum and the Building of Bath Collection) in Bath, Somerset, England, occupies the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, where it provides exhibits that explain the building of the Georgian era city during the 18th century.

It is owned and managed by the Bath Preservation Trust. The Trust moved its own offices from Number One Royal Crescent to occupy part of the Chapel while the Whole Story Project was undertaken to reunite Number One with its original domestic offices. As of 2018 some Trust staff are based at No. 1 Royal Crescent and some are at the Old School House adjacent to the Museum of Bath Architecture.

The museum includes a series of models, maps, paintings and reconstructions to show how a typical Georgian house was constructed, from the ashlar stone to the decorative plasterwork. Sections include displays of stone mining, furniture making, painting, wallpaper, soft furnishings and upholstery. A model of Bath on a 1:500 scale gives a bird's-eye view of the city.

The study gallery specialises in books on architecture including the Bath Buildings Record and Coard Collection.
The collection includes several works whose purchase was supported by the Art Fund. A panoramic view of Bath from Beechen Cliff, by Charles Joseph Hullmandel and dating from 1824 shows Bath as a still relatively small city, after its Georgian growth, but before the arrival of the railway and Victorian expansion. A slightly later panorama (1833) by Joseph William Allen (1803–1852) is of Bath from Lyncombe Hill, on the present site of 6 Carlton Road, and includes a gabled house in the immediate centre foreground which still stands and is reputed to have been the house in which Alexander Pope once stayed.
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  • The museum is lodged in a repurposed Methodist Chapel, which is interesting in itself. The compact space is filled with every aspect of the design and construction of Georgian buildings. Using...  more »
  • A small but interesting museum, with friendly volunteers. The maps of how Bath has grown make you stop and think. There was also an interesting photographic exhibition on when we visited.  more »
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  • Very small hall with prints on the wall to read very 70's ( dated). Price nearly £7. It would be best to put the exhibities on Bath railway station wall for people to enjoy reading while waiting for their trains or new arrivals to Bath (the exhibits won't take time to read). Turn it free, revamp it totally or close it and put the space to better use.
  • Superb! Especially for someone like me who has a passing interest in architecture and loves the Georgian period. It's a must-visit if you want to understand Bath's architecture and get more from your visit there. I learned so much and thought the curating was excellent quality and spot on, balancing information without being overloaded with it. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Thought the entrance fee was excellent value, and overall it was much better than No 1 Royal Crescent. I spent an hour and a half there and absolutely loved it - was the highlight of my trip!

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