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“Difficult to find” 3 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 #18 of 90 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.
England
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“Difficult to find”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Spent hours walking around Bath trying to find this place. The location was surprising in that it was in a row of terraced houses down what looked to be a back street. Times have no doubt changed since this was lived in by Herschel. The main attraction was the workroom where the lenses for the telescope were made and polished as you could actually touch and try out some if the equipment. This was a very low key museum that I thought was lacking more interactive displays of astronomy in general and advances made by this man in particular .

Visited October 2013
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“A Hidden Treasure.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Spent just over an hour at this small, but interesting and well presented, museum dedicated to the story of William and Caroline Herschel - Musicians turned Astronomers. A warm welcome and introduction to the four story terrace house by a member of staff is followed by a free to wonder tour around the property.

The AV production in the basement can be seen at any time during the visit, but I would recommend visitors to start with it, and work your way up to the first floor.

My only negative comment would be that some of the captions were a little small to read.Some of the labels bear QR codes if you have the ability to read them.

Audio tours are available to hire, and guide books and other related goods are available to purchase.

Rucksacks and large bags can be left at the entry desk, by request. Limited disabled access.

Visited October 2013
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“Great little museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

This is a sweet museum in the house where Herschel lived with his sister Caroline. You get to see a lot about the background to his experiments with astronomy plus how he made the early equipment, as well as the interior of the house. The audio commentary was great, loved the little introductory film.

Visited October 2013
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“Great if you have an interest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

This is a wonderful little tribute to the life of William and Caroline Herschel. It isn't huge, but there is enough to keep you interested for an hour or so. I found it incredible fascinating, and read and listened to EVERYTHING, but Caroline is my favourite scientist, so I think if you had no interest in science, you wouldn't enjoy this place as much.

Visited September 2013
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“Poignant and fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Having tecently read "The Age of Wonder" I was fascinated to see the house where Herschel and his sister lived and did their wonderful work. You can really imagine yourself out in the garden, staring at the stars. Loved the cracked floor in the workroom where the mercury leaked from the furnace!

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