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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 look into the history of the telescope

With New Horizons soon approaching Pluto, astronomy enthusiasts and professionals are looking to the future. However, it's important to remember past contributions to stargazing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

A little bit too tucked away to find easily and no sign posts about the house. There's some loosely related napoleon history (he purchased one of Herchel's telescopes) which is also interesting to look at. Perhaps more could have been done in terms of displays and information about astronomy, overall a bit weak in terms of what you get for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

With New Horizons soon approaching Pluto, astronomy enthusiasts and professionals are looking to the future. However, it's important to remember past contributions to stargazing as well. The Herschel Museum is intriguing and shows the original workshop where his telescopes were crafted. Apparently this museum is struggling due to being fairly niche and I am happy to try and support it.... More 

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This isn't a mega museum and it's quite specialised, but if you are interested in the Herschels or science when amateurs could make the best equipment in the world, it's a little gem. Friendly, lots of interesting displays, worth a visit.

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I visited the Herschel musuem after finding it online. I really enjoyed the museum, It showed the life story of William Herschel who discovered uranus and his sister Caroline. The museum also displays the instruments/ telescope used for the discovery. The admission price was reasonable but there is limited on street parking, so you are better off parking in the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Delightful little museum off the tourist packed streets. Respite for those of us who look up to the stars!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The Herschel is a small museum staged in the William Herschel house, where he lived with his sister Caroline, who was an early female astronomer. Neither ever married. There is a compact garden behind the house where they set up their telescopes and studied the heavens. His workshop where he made his own lenses is in the basement of the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is a small museum but has videos and various exhibits detailing both the lives of William Herschel and his sister Caroline. The interesting part of the museum is the workshop showing how Herschel had made his own telescope and he made several of them. There is also a small garden out back presumably where he discovered the planet Uranus... More 

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Bath, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The house where Herschel discovered Uranus. A genuine slice of scientific history: shows the actual setting & what was involved & how they did it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Somewhat embarrassingly neither myself nor my Mum knew anything about Herschel prior to visiting except for his name and in my case that he was a musician. We certainly had no idea of his discovery of Uranus in the small garden of a house in Bath, the very house where the museum is now situated. The museum is a bit... More 

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Romford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This is a really nice museum that shouldn't be missed. We learnt a lot about William Herschel and his life in Bath. Make sure you watch the film downstairs before exploring his house.

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Address: Address: 19 New King St., Bath BA1 2LB, England
Phone Number: 44 01225 446865
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Bath

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