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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Address: 19 New King St., Bath BA1 2LB, England
Phone Number: 44 01225 446865
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Ranked #33 of 160 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, History museums, Specialty museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Located in the home of William Herschel and his sister, this museum is dedicated to the many...
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Type: Historic sites, History museums, Specialty museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 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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Boerne, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

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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Chesham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 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 stars Reviewed December 13, 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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Oxford
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 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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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A hidden gem of a museum no more than 8 minutes from the Roman Baths. Housed in the former Georgian home of the Herschels the exhibits are well laid out and described. For anyone who has not come across this remarkable brother and sister it will be an eye opener, in particular the contribution of Caroline Herschel to science. Starting... More 

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Really enjoyed the museum especially as we had recently attended a talk on Caroline Hershel at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge. Visiting the house where the Hershels discovered Uranus was a great privilege and an insight into William and Caroline's lives. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in astronomy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The Herschel Museum is installed in the house in which Caroline and William Herschel lived and, along with brother Alexander, worked for nearly 20 years in the 1760s-80s. The house has been restored very much as Caroline and William would have known it when they lived there. The historical significance of the house is huge. It was from that same... More 

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