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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
+44 1225 446865
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More than Uranus.

Our third time to visit this gem. A small 'out of the way' museum, far from the madding crowds of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Nicholas C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Great for keen astronomers bit small but lots inside

The museum was quite small but it had lots of information and it was quite interesting what William... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Emily K
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
+44 1225 446865
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our third time to visit this gem. A small 'out of the way' museum, far from the madding crowds of the Roman Baths; but just 10 minutes walk from them. A tremendous film narrated by Sir Patrick Moore is as quirky as you'll ever see....More

Thank Nicholas C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum was quite small but it had lots of information and it was quite interesting what William Herschel discovered and did and it was cool that it was in the very house he stayed in . Although I'm not very interested in astronomy so...More

Thank Emily K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although this is set in a town house with it's capacity restrictions it is worth a visit. There is a small but lovely cottage garden that you can sit in.

Thank Caroline T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice little museum for those interested in Astronomy or just to see a house and its contents of that time. Very friendly staff.

Thank Sunflowers123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Marvellous museum about the Herschels, a truly inspiring family. We learned that William and his sister Caroline made a living as musicians, a career they later gave up for astronomy. The museum had a film which explained what important discoveries they made. The museum tells...More

1  Thank physicsgirl2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum has plenty of appeal - from the scientific aspect, the history, artefacts, astronomy...there's something for everyone. It's pitched at a very accessible level and tells a very interesting story about a part of our history that many people will know nothing about. The...More

Thank ArabianMouse1
Reviewed 11 July 2017

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 9 July 2017

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 1 July 2017

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 27 June 2017

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
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