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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

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Address: 19 New King St., Bath BA1 2LB, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 446865
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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Museum is now closed until 18 January 2016.

19 New King Street is a...

The Museum is now closed until 18 January 2016.

19 New King Street is a delightful and unique example of a fully restored modest Georgian townhouse. It was home to the astronomer and musician William Herschel and his sister Caroline. Particularly evocative features include Herschel’s workshop, his music room and a charming 18th Century formal garden where, with a telescope of his own construction, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781.

In the Star Vault an award winning film takes you on a voyage of discovery through the universe and brings the history of the house to life.

Exhibition in the modern Caroline Lucretia Gallery 16 April – 18 December: Science and Spirituality; Astronomy and the Benedictine Order

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Went as a team as a few of us are interested in Astonomy. We found it very informative and enjoyable. It was interesting to be able to see where he lived and the instruments he... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Bath, United Kingdom

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went as a team as a few of us are interested in Astonomy. We found it very informative and enjoyable. It was interesting to be able to see where he lived and the instruments he built his telescope out of. One of our members enjoyed it so much he had to be left behind whilst the rest of us went... More 

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Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went along for my husband's sake but found it utterly fascinating myself. The house is preserved and decorated just as it was or would have been, and the Herschel's story is really interesting. Lots of personal artefacts such as letters and costume to bring it to life. Highly recommended.

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Thank MrsJCF63
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this place, really good value for money and very interesting. We were going to go to the Roman baths but balked at the £15 a head price, so went here instead. Definitely worth it and there's a cool bit of graffiti opposite to the right.

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Thank HodgeTheMoose
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

As described in previous reviews, this is a hidden gem. I am interested in astronomy and when I heard about this place (on the day before we made a visit to the Bath Xmas Market) I knew I had to go! I hadn't read up on it beforehand and had expected something modern with plenty of gadgetry but I was... More 

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Thank PeteC-CaroleB
Cheshire, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

As we are interested in astronomy we decided to pop in here for a visit while we were in Bath. This is the house where Uranus was first discovered, and after visiting Lowell in Arizona last year where Pluto was discovered, it seemed only right we went here too! It is a small museum set in a house over three... More 

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Maraval, Trinidad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

Visited Herschel museum on a Monday afternoon when it was quiet. The introduction video voice of Patric Moore was interesting but a bit amateur. Herschel was an amazing person musical and scientific with a poor beginning as a refugee fleeing Europe. Worth the visit but needs some effort to read the signs.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

I visited the Herschel Museum on a Sunday around 3:30PM and I was the only visitor at this time. The docent was very nice and gave me an introduction to the museum and answered a few questions I had. The house is small, but set up very nicely with displays of Herschel's (and his sister's) furniture/tools/musical instruments/letters. I had a... More 

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Watford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

I love odd little museums and this is a fine one. Herschel and his sister were geniuses and the museum conveys a lot about their lives - the amazing contribution they made to science - and tells you a lot about Georgian life and society too! I loved the telescopes and displays of amazing "science stuff"! The garden is a... More 

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Thank Oxheyian
Taunton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The Herschel Museum is interesting on many levels: it is a lovely peek into a Georgian townhouse in Bath, and it has lots of interesting things to read and look at regarding astronomy, music, life in Georgian times, etc. The member of staff working the front desk was kind and helpful and not too overpowering--we toured the whole museum on... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This is the house William Herschel was living in at the time of his discovery of Uranus and the garden in the back of the house is where his telescope was sitting when he made his discovery. So you are visiting the exact spot where this important discovery was made. There is a considerable amount of information about William Herschel... More 

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