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“Atmospheric - highly recommended” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
19 New King St., Bath BA1 2LB, England
44 01225 446865
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Ranked #16 of 69 Attractions in Bath
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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“Atmospheric - highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Outside the world of astronomy, Herschel is remembered only, if at all, as an astronomer and his sister, Caroline, is virtually unknown but they were, in fact, remarkable siblings - as one may learn in this small museum set in their former home. The displays greatly surpassed my expectations - loving care has been taken to recreate a few rooms as they might have been and, additionally, there is a wealth of personal memorabilia, well-labelled, on display. I especially liked the music room with recordings of Herschel's compositions (on sale in the small shop in the Reception area) playing in the background. The short film, on view in the basement, is an admirable introduction to the house and activities of the Herschels - it is worth seeing again, after one has browsed through the exhibits and sat in the garden, as a finale to one's visit.
The staff were welcoming and enthusiastic, even apologising for the lack of a lift and number of stairs to be negotiated - and most helpful in providing a chair when I needed a rest.

Visited September 2012
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Always check opening times to avoid disappointment. Within walking distance of the centre in a small house.

Visited September 2012
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“What Lies Behind?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

In a quiet residential street, behind a Georgian townhouse door is 'space':as in beyond our planet, Being the former home of one of the pioneers of 'earth based' space exploration?
Combing a Georgian town house: rooms set out in the period, furniture, decor etc. a,'home'?
With exhibits related to the 'work' theory, practical of William Herschel and his sister Caroline,
Who were 'multi taskers': in regard there profession, involvement in Georgian Bath civic society.
And still had time to map the sky/space, discover planets,

Visited September 2012
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Penrith, United Kingdom
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“A stellar experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Not on the beaten track but well worth a visit for anyone interested in Astronomy and/or Music or just being in the house of such an inspirational, historical figure.

Visited July 2012
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“Science at it's best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

To be in the house that Herschel lived in when he discovered Uranus is magical. Some of his original instruments and belongings make this a ' must see ' for everybody interested in the solar system.

Visited August 2012
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