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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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An Astronomer's Paradise

William Herschel is famous for discovering Uranus and it is at this house where he lived that he found the planet. There are 3 floors and a small garden to visit which includes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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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 

Sawbridgeworth
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I was disappointed with this. It wasn't exactly where it was advertised to be and it's opening times are somewhat restricted - which meant I had to rush around and not take in all that I wanted to.

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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. We are sorry you were disappointed with your visit but our opening times are extensively advertised, and as we are open every day for 11 months of the year and from 11 at weekends, most visitors find that they have plenty of time. It is unclear where you saw the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

William Herschel is famous for discovering Uranus and it is at this house where he lived that he found the planet. There are 3 floors and a small garden to visit which includes the workshop where he built his telescope. The Museum is not just about William Herschel but also his sister Caroline who was a great astronomer/scientist as well.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The museum is in a quiet Bath terraced street and commemorates the life of William Herschel ,the eminent Georgian astronomer. What could be a dry collection is delightfully displayed in a Georgian house with period furniture , décor and contemporary garden . Learn about the 40 foot Slough telescope , the discovery of Uranus and a host of fascinating details.... More 

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Spotsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

In addition to William Herschel, Astronomer Royal and discoverer of Uranus, the museum also highlighted the contributions made by William's sister, Caroline. Caroline assisted William in his studies of the heavens and discovered 8 comets on her own.

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Ames, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Tour the house where William Herschel and his sister discovered the planet Uranus. Lots of interesting facts and mementos. Very friendly curator.

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Philadelphia, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

i love astronomy so I can see many interesting things. the museum is not so big but it has many documents and images and instruments... Good knowledge for astronomers and general people too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 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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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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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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