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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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Small place, a lot in audio guide

This museum is a small house in a quiet area. First, there is a short film for introduction. Then you could go around and listen to the audio guide. There were only three people... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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York, United Kingdom
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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This museum is a small house in a quiet area. First, there is a short film for introduction. Then you could go around and listen to the audio guide. There were only three people when I visited. The garden was beautiful. The house told a story about a famous astronomer and his extraordinary sister. The audio guide has a lot... More 

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

It was amazing to see what could be achieved by people in such ordinary surroundings (the discovery of Uranus etc) by William Herschel and his sister. He was an extraordinary man, making his own telescopes and inventing anything he needed to make them if the device did not already exist.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Went on this visit not expecting much as husband into astronomy- I m not. However very pleasantly surprised! Tiny terraced house but filled with so much information, not only about Herschel but his sister as well. Lots if period items in the rooms and information sheets etc. Beautiful tiny garden - you can just about visualise Herschel and his telescope... More 

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Burton Latimer
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I had no idea that Herschall discovered Uranus from his back garden in Bath! This is his home, and yo can walk round the room and read interesting stuff. Downstairs is the best, where you can see his lens-making gear and there's a great mini-cinema in the scullery. However DON'T use the audio guide. The descriptions are very very very... More 

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

Thank you for leaving your review of the Herschel Museum and we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. It appears from your comments however, that you might well have taken the audio tour which is designed for visitors who are blind or visually impaired. This version incorporates very detailed descriptions and endeavours to help the user to negotiate the... More 

English Riviera, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Hidden away, this is a little gem of a museum for anyone interested in Astronomy history. Interesting and absorbing.

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Walton on Thames
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This little museum has cross generations appeal. It is the home of William and Caroline Herschel, who were brother & sister 18th Century Astronomers. You not only got an insight to the science during that time, the achievements of these 2, but also a look into their lives. Because of the design of the house, if you are not able... More 

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Cricklade, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I really enjoyed this museum - it is small (a terrace house where Herschel lived) and they've made the most of what space they have. In the basement is a rolling video explaining how Herschel and his sister lived, made telescopes and discovered a planet and comets, etc. I wish'd I'd known of this before.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A great little museum just a short walk from the main shopping area. Was unfamiliar with the Herschel family but gained a good insight into their achievements from the many artefacts and information on display. Great to be in the place where a planet was discovered. Would recommend a visit but check limited opening times before you go.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We have been to Bath many times but have always missed visiting this, we've either arrived too early or it's been far too busy, but we were lucky to catch it at a quiet time on Easter Sunday. The museum is tiny, yet they manage to pack a lot into it. It is a place of Historical importance and you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

William Herchel, who discovered the planet Uranus amongst other significant astronomical discoveries, lived for some time at the house in Bath which now houses the museum. There is an interesting display of his scientific as well as musical instruments. I was surprised to learn he was primarily a musician, with a keen interest in science. Equally surprising was the fact... More 

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