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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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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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Interesting small museum

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Maraval, Trinidad

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Maraval, Trinidad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Khochi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Oxheyian
Taunton, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

Thank Nicole S
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 

Thank tmaier69
Lubbock, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

this museum doesn't have lots of bells and whistles but what it does have is well worth the visit. If you don't know who Thomas Herschel is / was make sure to look him up before you go, the man was before his time and a genius

Thank Welltravelled1956
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

All I wanted to do was have a look around and browse the gift shop and the guy on the desk kept bothering me and didn't look happy because I didn't want to go in to the museum.

1 Thank Ethan E
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The Herschel museum is a hidden gem among the many interesting attractions Bath has to offer and it’s not one to be missed! It’s a quaint, quirky and highly fascinating exhibit, even for those not into the history of astronomy. For those interested in life during 1700’s and 1800’s this museum is a ‘must see’ destination. Best known for his... More 

Thank Rob W
Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

I worked at a planetarium in college so I definitely had to see the Herschel Museum while my husband and I were in Bath. It's a lot smaller than your average museum since it is in William Herschel's house but it was just as informative. You can watch a short movie about William and his sister before you explore the... More 

2 Thank Elissa M
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

inside his actual hose yes the very man who discovered a new planet you enter his house as you learn about his hobby and what it was like to be him ENJOY ITS WORTH IT

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