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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 69 Attractions in Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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
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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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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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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Madrid
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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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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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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