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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 #16 of 70 Attractions in Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This museum is located in the house that William Herschel lived in with his sister. The museum is small and after paying I suggest go to the basement first to watch a very interesting film in a small cinema. After that work your way up through the house, and don't forget to go into the garden, where the original discovery... More

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The museum is quite small but full of a lot of really fascinating information about the Herschels. For me, it was incredible to be in the house where planets, comets and asteroids were discovered and to see some items that were used to find them was amazing.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

I had a really memorable visit to the home of William Herschel. Any one who is interested in astronomy or science will be amazed as you step back in time and history shows itself. There is a small cinema room in the basement that shows the history of Herschel and his passion for astronomy. A lovely place to visit and... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

As a devotee of amateur astronomy i couldn't pass up a visit to the home where the Herschel's, brother and sister, lived and did their observing and discovered the planet Uranus .Lots of interesting objects including an orrery, an astrolabe and Herschel's own telescope built in the workshop on the lower floor..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

As an astronomer, I had to visit this museum when I was in Bath! I think the museum has done a nice job in displaying Herschel as a person; showcasing Herschel the astronomer, Herschel the musician, Herschel the inventor and Herschel the brother. I love how there is a lot of attention for his sister Caroline. All in all I... More

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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a museum about the Herschels in the house they used to live in. Small, but worthwhile for any astronomy enthusiast, history of science enthusiast, or women in science enthusiast. Or anyone else for that matter. :-)

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was taken here by my friend who was interested in astronomy and so did not think there would be much to interest me. Thankfully I was wrong and there was an interesting balance of information on the history of the house and astronomy. I particularly liked the information boards on Herschel's sister throughout the house, if these are temporary... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We visited this gem of a museum and did not notice the rainy day in August. From music to Mars. Rachel made us feel very welcome. We followed her advice and started downstairs so were able to visit the little garden and see the Herschel workshop where the first telescope lenses were cast. The story of Caroline was equally inspiring... More

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Moscow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Not particularly interactive but really interesting place for those wanting to know more about life and scientific work of William Herschel and his sister Caroline located in their house.

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