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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

19 New King St., Bath BA1 2LB, England
44 01225 446865
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Ranked #20 of 91 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 achievements of the Herschels, who were noted astronomers... more » 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

It was awe inspiring to realise we were in the very place where William Herschel had discovered the planet Uranus. We came away with a greater appreciation of the brilliance of William and his sister. The short film narrated by Patrick Moore is worth seeing before visiting the rest of this small museum.

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Longview, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Nice, cozy museum that lets you get a feel for Sir Herschel's life. Amazing it was over 200 years ago and we can still walk about in his house. Use Big Ben card and you get one free entrance

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is quite a small museum and it's a little awkward to find. It was interesting but we felt it was slightly overpriced for what you experienced. You essentially get to see one floor of the building and then a basement below which showed a video on a loop and his workshop. Definitely go if you're interested in Astronomy.

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Truro, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We made an effort to seek out this place last Sunday morning. It was supposed to open 11am but was still closed at 11.20am. There were several other people waiting too, so they turned away a lot of business. It was a real shame since it wasted our morning on a short weekend break.

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HerschelMuseum, Manager at Herschel Museum of Astronomy, responded to this review

Thank for your recent review of the Herschel Museum. We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused by the Museum failing to open on time on the day in question. We did open probably soon after you arrived, as unfortunately the person on duty had been unexpectedly delayed in heavy traffic. However we do appreciate how annoying this must have... More

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

An out of the way museum but worth a visit if you have the time. It's not well signposted though as the map and signposts appear to contradict each other. The guy at the front desk gives a great overview of the house's former occupants and the garden is very well kept.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Tagged along with my astronomy buff boyfriend, and found this place pretty interesting myself. I loved the little movie about Herschel's life - the acting was hilarious, but it was very informative. The man at the front desk was really lovely.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Fleeing the overcrowded Roman Baths, we discovered this little museum - and had the place to ourselves! It was lovely to wander around the house and spend some time in the garden where Uranus was discovered. Very relaxing and inspiring at the same time. The gentleman in reception was very informative and obviously cares about the Herschel history. I would... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

William Herschel was Bath's most important citizen, discovering the first new planet since ancient times, Uranus. The museum is exquisite and friendly.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a must see for anyone interested in astronomy. It is a tiny museum (even though we spent more time here than in the roman baths and wasn't in a rush there either). It's stuffed with original letters about comet discoveries and observations, telescope making tools.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The Herschel museum is a fantastic visit, to know the history and to be in that little garden where this huge planet Uranus was discovered, was an amazing feeling! Thank you Herschel and Caroline!

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