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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

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Address: 19 New King St., Bath BA1 2LB, England
Phone Number: 44 01225 446865
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Description: Located in the home of William Herschel and his sister, this museum is...
Located in the home of William Herschel and his sister, this museum is dedicated to the many achievements of the Herschels, who were noted astronomers and talented musicians during the 18th century.
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A step back in time.

Very interesting and I learnt a lot. Authentic room settings that take you back in time. Not sure it would suit very young children or those with limited mobility.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Witham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Very interesting and I learnt a lot. Authentic room settings that take you back in time. Not sure it would suit very young children or those with limited mobility.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

It is awesome to stand in the garden where Herschel discovered Uranus. Learning about him and his impressive sister was a plus.

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Wymondham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is a smallish museum, accurately priced but chock full of information about Herschel and his life. There is a short introductory film narrated by Patrick Moore (slightly hard to hear in places, but that might be just me and my hearing) which informs you of Herschel's life and achievements and to some degree his sister Caroline. This is downstairs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Absolute must for astronomers of all standards, situated in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This was my second visit to the museum and I learn something new every time I go. There is an excellent introductory video narrated by Sir Patrick Moore to set the scene and then you can explore the sympathetically restored Georgian house which features displays describing William and Caroline Herschels' contribution to astronomy including the discovery of Uranus which occurred... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Very nice, we came out of the museum with an admiration for Herschel and we enjoyed the short visit very much

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Oxford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Authentically restored Georgian House with very practical exhibits which brilliantly illustrated what it must have really been like to be there when Herschel made his amazing ground-breaking discoveries. May not be fully appreciated by younger children but for anyone with a technical insight or an interest in astronomy this is an amazing experience.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The museum is based in the actual house in which William Herschel and his sister lived; the rooms are furnished with items of the period, so this would appeal to people who are interested in authentic Georgian home interiors and the astronomer and his life. Very good introductory film narrated by Patrick Moore and many original manuscripts and letters on... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Interesting history or the man, his music and his astronomy. Also his sister and her involvement. Women in science should havr more prominence.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

If you are into ceramics, or silverware this is your place, everyone else will probably find it a bit boring.

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

Thank you for your comments about the Herschel Museum, and although we do hold some silver ware and ceramics in the collection, this is primarily the home of astronomers William and Caroline Herschel, not a museum dedicated to fine or decorative arts. More 

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