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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
+44 1225 446865
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Beautiful Georgian terrace house contains lots of interesting artifacts.

Stand in the garden where the astronomer William Herschel first observed Uranus in 1781 and reflect... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Paul L
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Fascinating

Tucked away in a side street, this museum was a joy to visit. The rooms are full of history. We... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2018
magpiegirl036
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Sydney, Australia
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19 New King Street is a delightful and unique example of a fully restored modest Georgian townhouse. It was home to the astronomer and musician William Herschel and his sister Caroline. Particularly evocative features include Herschel’s workshop, his music room and a charming 18th Century formal garden where, with a telescope of his own construction, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. In the Star Vault an award winning film takes you on a voyage of discovery through the universe and brings the history of the house to life. Exhibition in the modern Caroline Lucretia Gallery 16 April – 18 December: Science and Spirituality; Astronomy and the Benedictine Order
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stand in the garden where the astronomer William Herschel first observed Uranus in 1781 and reflect on his achievements. Considering he had to make the mirrors himself and that he was an amateur at that point it was truly remarkable. He lived here in the...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

Tucked away in a side street, this museum was a joy to visit. The rooms are full of history. We were lucky enough to have an actors' troupe there playing various people from the Herschel family. Made the experience so much more interesting. The staff...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

A few minutes walk from the centre of town and away from the crowds we would recommend all visitors to Bath to take the trouble and use a couple of hours in William Herschel's company. An informative and entertaining summary of the man, his work...More

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

After you visit this museum, you'll know. A small but interesting museum, a bit off Bath's beaten path. Worth an hour of your time.

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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

A professional musician who also was a scientist and an engineer, what a story. This is his house and workplace but the visit won’t take up too much of your time but will definitely be worth your while.

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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Big piece of history hidden in a little house in Bath.William and Caroline Herschel made significant discoveries in the field of astronomy. Twenty minute introductory film by Patrick Moore sets the scene in this delightful museum.

Thank Christine M
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

It's interesting to discover the life of someone who discovered a planet! Interesting to see the rooms and how they used to live. There was an exhibition of musical life as well which was excellent.

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

if your into stars and skies as an ameture astronomer or just interseted in the nature , this is the home of one of the worlds greats of astronomy , well worth the small fee to see his home and the homemade telescope he used...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Nice little piece of history highlighting the role that William and Caroline Herschel played in the development of modern astronomy. A little gem of a museum for those with a love of all things astronomical.

Thank John P
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

A fascinating museum. I was expecting to get around in about ten minutes as it is quite small, but we were there well over an hour.

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