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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

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Address: 19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 446865
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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Museum is now closed until 18 January 2016.

19 New King Street is a...

The Museum is now closed until 18 January 2016.

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 16 April – 18 December: Science and Spirituality; Astronomy and the Benedictine Order

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Uranus has been discovered in a small garden in New King Street

An important astronomical event of the Enlightment illustrated in a small but very interesting museum with just a few tourists in it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Hamburg, Germany

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An important astronomical event of the Enlightment illustrated in a small but very interesting museum with just a few tourists in it.

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Sheffield, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum dedicated to the life and work of William Herschel, the man who discovered the planet Uranus from the back garden of this house. You start in the basement where there is a 15min film on the life and times of W Herschel plus access to his workshop and the back garden from where he made... More 

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I’m so, so sorry to have to write a negative review - I'm a physicist whose PhD is in optics-for-telescopes, so I really, really wanted to like the Herschel museum , but it was just… dull. First things first, if the entry fee - £6.50 for adults, children half - is negligible money to you then this is worth the... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Herschel Museum, visitor feedback is important so all comments are given serious consideration. You make a number of points, some of which are not entirely accurate. It would appear that you came here on a particularly quiet day, but your estimate of visitor numbers is well below the true picture as this is a place... More 

King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Learnt about the making of the first telescope and his life.. I found it very interesting, a very talented man

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Conifer, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful and informative place, with the added bonus that it gives you access to a period home well-preserved. Helpful docents. Well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As someone who loves astronomy and history, this museum met all my expectations and more! I knew very little about William Herschel beyond his discovery of Uranus before visiting the museum, and I found the video and museum about his life fascinating. The museum does a great job interpreting his contributions to astronomy and also in telling the story of... More 

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

My wife & I had planned to go here for a while and we finally done it today. A stunning beautiful museum dedicated to William Herschel and his discovery of Uranus with many fascinating exhibits. The house has a wonderful atmosphere and a beautiful peaceful garden, if you have ever wandered down the streets of Bath and wondered what the... More 

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County Kildare, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

A simple small museum in a talismanic astronomy location, where Uranus was discovered from the back garden. . Great to see how the Herschel's made their life in Bath, and the kitchen/workshop area gives a real insight into their work. You also learn much about Herschel as a musician. It is also an opportunity to see the interior of one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

I visited this house back in 2005 and revisited in June 2016. It appeals on more than one level. If you're interested in science or astronomy you will find it very interesting but it's also a beautifully preserved Georgian house. It's like stepping back 250 years in time. Magnificently curated and especially moving to think that Uranus was discovered in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

This cosy house hides behind its very unassuming green door an astonishing story of industry, noise and double lives. Here the Herschels plied their trade as musicians playing and singing for the aristocratic season in Bath while making instruments for observing the universe. Its beautifully presented by the staff and there is always a complementary exhibition. Caroline Herschel is one... More 

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