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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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A delightful spot tucked away in the corner of Victoria Park

One tends to neglect visiting nearby places and I have not visited the Botanical Gardens for several years. Entrance is free and one simply wanders along paths between trees and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

One tends to neglect visiting nearby places and I have not visited the Botanical Gardens for several years. Entrance is free and one simply wanders along paths between trees and flower beds with area's of lawn without feeling one is in some sort of museum. Any labelling is discrete. Frequent seats are provided for those who wish to rest or... More 

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Cricklade, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I really enjoyed this museum - it is small (a terrace house where Herschel lived) and they've made the most of what space they have. In the basement is a rolling video explaining how Herschel and his sister lived, made telescopes and discovered a planet and comets, etc. I wish'd I'd known of this before.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A great little museum just a short walk from the main shopping area. Was unfamiliar with the Herschel family but gained a good insight into their achievements from the many artefacts and information on display. Great to be in the place where a planet was discovered. Would recommend a visit but check limited opening times before you go.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We have been to Bath many times but have always missed visiting this, we've either arrived too early or it's been far too busy, but we were lucky to catch it at a quiet time on Easter Sunday. The museum is tiny, yet they manage to pack a lot into it. It is a place of Historical importance and you... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

William Herchel, who discovered the planet Uranus amongst other significant astronomical discoveries, lived for some time at the house in Bath which now houses the museum. There is an interesting display of his scientific as well as musical instruments. I was surprised to learn he was primarily a musician, with a keen interest in science. Equally surprising was the fact... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The audio tour was interesting and informative. There is an awful lot to see and read but I think a prior interest is needed to fully enjoy this museum.

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Pokhara, Nepal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Fascinating insight into both the scientific achievements and daily life of the astronomer William Herschel. Lots of information and displays about astronomy at the time and developments since. The building itself is very interesting and well restored to the period when Herschel lived there and gives a great idea of what the interiors of all the Georgian terraces you walk... More 

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is fascinating. Located in Herschel's house in a residential street not far from the city centre, this gives an insight into how people lived and the research that Herschel did, including cracking the flagstones with molten metal! Slightly dated but, nevertheless, very informative video running on a loop which puts the rest of the tour in context. Only open... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I actually visited in November 2006 but Trip Advisor wouldn't let me input that date. Anyway, this is an interesting little museum and garden if you are at all into astronomy. Takes less than a couple of hours to see the whole thing.

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Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We found reference to this wonderful spot in the City Sightseeing brochure and visited the museum along with Jane Austen house. Luckily the opening times suited - maybe more details in the bus leaflet? Awesome to be in the same spot and to see the inventive equipment for the first discovery of the planet Uranus.

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