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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
+44 1225 446865
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What a gem!

It's interesting to discover the life of someone who discovered a planet! Interesting to see the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
an astronomy must

if your into stars and skies as an ameture astronomer or just interseted in the nature , this is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Exeter, United Kingdom
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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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19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
+44 1225 446865
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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.

Thank maricarjagger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Gshockxxx
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Rosemullion
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This little gem of a museum is a bit off the beaten path in a city full of beaten paths, but one can always enjoy a good walk around the city to get to this side street. The museum focuses on the life of an...More

Thank 86laurelb
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Was ok but simply there was not astronomy for a museum of astronomy. Me and girlfriend both felt that if the museum had focused more on astronomy (ie. what we went for) and less about family squabbles and food they ate (ie what we did...More

1  Thank Dom S
HerschelMuseum, Manager at Herschel Museum of Astronomy, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thank for you recent review of the Herschel Museum. We are sorry to hear that you were rather disappointed in the content of the house, however you do make some points which deserve a response. The Museum does not claim to be a hands-on Science...More

Reviewed 7 October 2017

A great little museum that contains historical information and items from Herschel's life. Not just in relation to astronomy, but also to his musical career. Definitely worth a visit and pretty cool to stand in the same garden that Uranus was discovered in. Also, top...More

Thank Martyn T
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Quite a small house that Herschel lived in for a time & from the garden of which he discovered Uranus. Was pretty informative re Herschel's life & the short video in the cellar narrated by Patrick Moore was enjoyable. You probably aren't going to spend...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Lovely little museum. Fascinating well worth the visit . Short 15 mintues flim to watch first which give you insite, loved this place .Small on 3 floors,

Thank lisa w
Reviewed 4 September 2017

This is the house where William Herschel and his sister Caroline lived for a time in Bath and the garden is where he set up his telescope and discovered the planet Uranus. However, this is not just for those interested in astronomy, for both William...More

1  Thank Edmund R
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