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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
+44 1225 446865
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Worth a visit if you are interested in astronomy

This old house contains information about both astronomy and life during the 18th and 19th... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gunnar314
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Stockholm, Sweden
Superb collection for a tiny museum.

Lots of information and interesting exhibits plus a short video about the Herschels, which is well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jo M
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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The Museum is now closed until 18 January 2016. 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This old house contains information about both astronomy and life during the 18th and 19th centuries. I have always been interested in history, and seeing the equipment used by Herschel was great fun. The non-astronomy exhibitions were interesting in their own right, but not enough...More

Thank Gunnar314
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of information and interesting exhibits plus a short video about the Herschels, which is well worth watching. Well worth the small entrance fee, and when you buy a ticket you can use it to go back when you want to. Tiny, pretty flower and...More

Thank Jo M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

William Herschel and his sister were amazing scientists with an astounding body of work. They discovered over 3000 objects. You will be amazed at the volume of work these brilliant people were able to accomplish. You'll also enjoy seeing their home. The museum isn't one...More

Thank traveling-family36
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A superb musuem dedicated to William Herschel and his sister Caroline who was also and astronomer in her own right and recognized the the RS. The house give a good feel of how they lived and worked. There are not that many open houses in...More

Thank Baggywrinkle75
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For anyone interested in astronomy, The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is well worth visiting. William Herschel was a remarkable man of many talents. When he first arrived in Bath he made a living as a musician and composer but he later devoted himself to astronomy,...More

Thank Skipper050
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Not on the must do list but interesting enough as an additional trip. A bit of a holy grail to astronomers but just average to the rest of us.

Thank AdrianB144
Reviewed 15 May 2017

It doesn't open till 1 pm and it is quite tricky to find, not signposted at all. The price is quite high for what it is, but they do offer discounts. You are made to watch a video narrated by the late Patrick Moore, which...More

Thank stressedparent
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Brilliant to learn that Uranus was first spotted from a garden in Bath, and by a brother and sister who'd come to England as professional musicians and were astronomy enthusiasts, with Caroline being the first female Royal Astronomer! The museum's exhibits give a great sense...More

Thank Sarah K
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Great little museum not too far from the centre. Gives you an interesting insight into the work of an astronmer (Herschel) who many may not have heard of. His efforts on making a larger telescope were interesting to follow.

Thank John F
Reviewed 5 May 2017

We spent about 3 hours here looking at the art, including a few Gainsboroughs and the collection of china and porcelin from around the world on their Grand Tours when they had to go by horse and carriage. Definately a must. The gardens are magnificent...More

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