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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

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Address: 19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
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+44 1225 446865
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13:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 13:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Museum is now closed until 18 January 2016.

19 New King Street is a...

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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Great small museum for Astronomy/Science boffs

Very small but interesting museum, came here on recommendation of a colleague. Visit will take no long than 1 hour but interesting for astronomy and science types!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 March 2015
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2015

Very small but interesting museum, came here on recommendation of a colleague. Visit will take no long than 1 hour but interesting for astronomy and science types!

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2015

It was interesting to get a feel for the life and times of Herschel and especially learn more about his long-suffering but endlessly-supportive sister - a Georgian town house in the middle of Bath seems an unlikely setting for some truly significant astronomical discoveries. However, apart from the introductory video (excellently narrated by the late Patrick Moore), I felt the... More 

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Thank Nigel J
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2015

I enjoyed this as apart from the scientific aspect it was also on a personal level as it also included information about Herscel's sister. Only needed about 30 minutes to look round but definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Lynne C
Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2015

This is the house of Sir William Herschel on display with the model of the telescope he invented. He was the man who discovered the planet Uranus from the garden of this very house. There is a small fee for the visit and a short movie is shown to sum up his life events. The exhibits are things belonging to... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015

I stumbled across this little museum on our trip to Bath. It is well worth a visit for the stargazers and physics lovers. There are many interesting exhibits on show. The place is not huge as you would expect due to its location, but the fact that it housed in Herschel's former residence gives the place a very authentic feel.... More 

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Thank Tom H
Boerne, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2015

My wife is a science teacher, and knew of Herschel's accomplishments, so she was kind of excited to go and see his museum. Well, we arrived at an almost non-descript front door, one of many along a continuous apartment/condo house front row of identical entrances, and with difficulty we found the right place. When we went in, there was a... More 

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HerschelMuseum, Manager at Herschel Museum of Astronomy, responded to this review

We are sorry that you were disappointed with your visit but it would appear from your comments that perhaps you did not visit the dining room, music room or drawing room with its collection of 18th century astronomical instruments such as the drum orrery by George Adam. We are also unsure whether you saw the scale replica in brass and... More 

Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2015 via mobile

Not many places offer the chance to walk around the house of a historic scientist so I made it my business to be there. My wife and I were standing outside when it opened and were greeted by an older beardy man who looked exactly like a guy that works in a astronomy museum. He was very friendly and was... More 

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2 Thank James D
Chesham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

A very interesting museum with an excellent introductory film. Well worth the short trip from the centre to visit. The artefacts were fascinating and the commentaries informative but not too long. The story of Herschel's sister was as memorable as that of the man himself. A well-spent hour or so.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2014

We went on the recommendation of a friend - and took a while to find it but were really glad that we made the effort. Councillors/tourist information please note that directions to this little gem should be on the cities many finger posts........ The welcome from the excellent young man taking our money set the tone for the visit -... More 

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Thank Jill B
Oxford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2014

A little gem of a museum in Herschel's house. You get a real glimpse into the lives of both him and his sister as well as their discoveries.

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