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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

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Address: 19 New King St., Bath BA1 2LB, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 446865
11:00 am - 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

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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
County Kildare, Ireland

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County Kildare, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank Frances L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

This museum about the life and work of the 18th c. astronomer (and, as I found out at the museum, musician!) is completely brilliant. It's still set up to look as it would have done when Herschel lived at the house, and the pretty garden is planted with period-appropriate flowers. There are lots of wonderful astronomical instruments to look at,... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

I had added this to my itinerary on a whim to just flesh out my day in Bath (after the Roman Baths and Jane Austen Centre) and it turned out to be my favorite of the three. It's a fairly sleepy little museum: introductory film and a few floors of the refurbished house Herschel lived in, but it was all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

A great place to visit if you're interested in astronomy or just to see a real piece of history. It's great for just under an hour but it's full of very interesting facts and a great film on Herschel himself and his sister. Not something I would go to twice but is not something I would want to miss out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

This small museum was packed with interesting items: Herschel's tools for making telescopes, astronomy texts and instruments, a Patrick Moore-narrated video, playful satirical cartoons and other paraphernalia from the era. Standing in the charming but unassuming back garden, knowing this is the spot where a planet was discovered gave pause for thought. I visited with my wife and three year... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

A travesty - hard to find, poorly signposted - but a magical place to go for science and history lovers. Kind of humbling to stand out in the back garden at the place so many important observations were made.

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

We though the museum a little expensive. We did enjoy the visit though. It is spread across 3 floors (no lift). There is a video to watch on arrival, which was useful. The museum has been carefully recreated as the house would have been when Herschel lived there. Lots of original tools/instruments and a reconstruction of his telescope.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

I don't like to wright bad reviews.. but this was just "meh". I tried to like it, but as a person that's not very knowledgable in Astronomy, I can't say that I found the museum that exciting. The museum itself is Herschel house, which I found interesting, but you are only allowed in the basement, ground floor and part of... More 

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

We are sorry that you were disappointed with your visit to the Herschel Museum as it is unusual to receive a review which is less than favourable. Most visitors are happy to spend between one and two hours here as there are plenty of displays as well as the overall interpretation of the Georgian house and garden for them to... More 

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