Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath: Hours, Address, Herschel Museum of Astronomy Reviews: 4.5/5

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
4.5
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
19 New King Street is a delightful and unique example of a fully restored modest Georgian townhouse. It was home to the astronomer and musician William Herschel and his sister Caroline. Particularly evocative features include Herschel’s workshop, his music room and a charming 18th Century formal garden where, with a telescope of his own construction, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. In the Star Vault an award winning film takes you on a voyage of discovery through the universe and brings the history of the house to life. Exhibition in the modern Caroline Lucretia Gallery until 1 January 2018 is 'Wonder Women of Space'!
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ShantySpoon
Didcot, UK41 contributions
A neat and precise focus on the Herschel family and their accomplishments.
Nov 2021 • Couples
This small museum recreates the townhouse owned by William Herschel as he would have used it, during the time he discovered a passion for astronomy, and with siblings Caroline and Alex, discovered the planet Uranus.

The museum gives a lot of space to examining Caroline, who has been overshadowed by her brother and nephew John in the past. Her own outstanding achievements and contributions to astronomy are placed front and centre, and it's clear that William, for all his innovation, wouldn't have got very far without her dedication, organisation, and Saint-like patience!

Worth a visit for anyone interested in the history of science or astronomy, and particularly the overlooked contributions of women in these fields.
Written November 29, 2021
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worldtraveller99
Greater London, UK2,352 contributions
Wonderful quiet museum
Sep 2021
This museum is a little out of the way for tourists to find, so was very quiet when we went round it - probably a good thing, because we listened to the Caroline Herschel audio tour, which was excellent, but would have been an issue with lots of people in the same room at different stages of the recording!

Was very informative about astronomy in the 18th century, enjoyed it very much.
Written September 27, 2021
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ChaCha_Trips
Worthing, UK6 contributions
Amazed by Herschel's achievements and inventions!
Aug 2021
If you're looking for a non pretentious museum that shows you more of what it would have really been like to live in a house like this in the 1700s whilst mapping stars and building mirrors for telescopes and living in all in one, that's what you'll get here. It was brilliant. A short visit is enough to see everything. The gentleman there on the day gave us lots of extra bits of information to help guide us through the house. Super interesting. if you have a spare half hour and a mild interest in astronomy, then you'll love it.
Written September 15, 2021
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Hershel House Museum and Astronomy
Sep 2021
This museum exhibits the life and time of Herschel family, especially William Herschel and his sister Caroline. I was looking forward to this as I love Physics and Astronomy. The Museum of Astronomy is probably a slight misnomer as the museum is half house museum and, equal parts Hershel Family and astronomy, I especially enjoyed the Workshop displaying the types of instruments and tools Hershel would've used.
Written September 12, 2021
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Elisabeth W
Ulverston, UK64 contributions
Fascinating
Sep 2021
Fascinating place with very knowledgeable staff. It was great to learn about an amazingly clever family and what they achieved.
Written September 11, 2021
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Chris W
Liverpool, UK134 contributions
A bit of DIY and you too could discover a new planet!
Aug 2021
Maybe a little overpriced, but the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly and it's a fascinating little museum.

I'm a bit of an occasional star gazer so was keen to visit this small museum. It was great to learn more about William Herschel, his sister Caroline and their brother Alexander.

In a nutshell, the Herschels came to Bath from Hanover to play their music (they were all musicians and singers).

In his spare time, William was passionate about astronomy and, together with Alexander, built their own telescopes, acknowledged to be of excellent quality.

From the back garden of this town house William and his sister Caroline would record the stars in the night sky using their home-made telescopes and it was here that he discovered a new planet which he named George after the monarch George III.

I don't want to give any more away but if you have an hour to spare it's well worth visiting and learning the rest of the story.
Written August 7, 2021
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Robert Carrington
14 contributions
Paying tribute to William Herschel and his sister
Aug 2021
This was our 3rd visit to the Herschel Museum to savour the atmosphere of the house, garden and to explore the astronomy and music connections. We love to spend time in each room and enjoy the satirical "cartoons". Some new exhibits, but the film shown downstairs wasn`t available through COVID restrictions. A fascinating place to visit but try to book first. We did find it a bit expensive though.
Written August 6, 2021
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Valerie B
Gosport, UK5 contributions
Respect for Scientists
Jul 2021
Marvel at the skills and ingenuity of scientists of the past. With his sister and assistant he created the tools to observe and record the heavens.
We appreciate the skills of modern scientists who have helped us through Covi19.
He was one of THE SCIENTISTS of his time, and we should respect him.
Written July 30, 2021
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dinerjohn
Leamington Spa, UK50 contributions
Hidden gem — astronomy and daily life
May 2021 • Couples
We loved this small museum in a Georgian house. We learnt the story of former residents William and Caroline Herschel, who were important astronomers. It’s also informative about the lifestyle of middling people in the 1780s ( perhaps more so than the Jane Austen centre nearby).
Written May 20, 2021
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davidlI1257VZ
4 contributions
Garden from which Uranus was discovered
Mar 2020
Small but I intimate and interesting Museum in a house once rented by William Herschel and his sister Caroline. Amazing to think that he discovered Uranus using homemade telescope back in 1781!
Written March 11, 2020
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