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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

19 New King St., Bath BA1 2LB, England
44 01225 446865
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Ranked #22 of 92 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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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

As an astronomer, I had to visit this museum when I was in Bath! I think the museum has done a nice job in displaying Herschel as a person; showcasing Herschel the astronomer, Herschel the musician, Herschel the inventor and Herschel the brother. I love how there is a lot of attention for his sister Caroline. All in all I... More

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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a museum about the Herschels in the house they used to live in. Small, but worthwhile for any astronomy enthusiast, history of science enthusiast, or women in science enthusiast. Or anyone else for that matter. :-)

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was taken here by my friend who was interested in astronomy and so did not think there would be much to interest me. Thankfully I was wrong and there was an interesting balance of information on the history of the house and astronomy. I particularly liked the information boards on Herschel's sister throughout the house, if these are temporary... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We visited this gem of a museum and did not notice the rainy day in August. From music to Mars. Rachel made us feel very welcome. We followed her advice and started downstairs so were able to visit the little garden and see the Herschel workshop where the first telescope lenses were cast. The story of Caroline was equally inspiring... More

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Moscow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Not particularly interactive but really interesting place for those wanting to know more about life and scientific work of William Herschel and his sister Caroline located in their house.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We made a special effort to visit this museum and checked the opening hours before we went but when we got there it was shut - no sign on the door to explain or anything. We noticed other people having the same problem. Very disappointing.

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

We are aware that several visitors were disappointed when the Museum failed to open on time earlier this month, for the reason we have referred to in an earlier response. We can only apologise for this unfortunate situation, which must have been very frustrating, and would like to offer you 2 complimentary admission tickets as some compensation for the inconvenience.you... More

Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Not really a lot there for an astronomy buff. The film was very good and probably worth the entrance fee, but the displays were disappointing.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It's a small Museum, however interesting to look round, and amazing that such discoveries were made from such a house.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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