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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
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

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 hidden gem

Tucked away in a quiet side street but well worth seeking out is the house where the astronomer who discovered Uranus lived with his sister Caroline, who was also an astronomer... read more

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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Braintree, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked away in a quiet side street but well worth seeking out is the house where the astronomer who discovered Uranus lived with his sister Caroline, who was also an astronomer specialising in finding comets. A short introductory film narrated by the late Sir Patrick Moore gives the background to Herschel and his discoveries. The rooms are set out with... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

I was visiting Bath with a friend and he wanted to visit here. I was a bit apprehensive when we arrived and found out the ticket prices - it couldn't be worth that to walk around a house... I'm glad we went here! It was really quite interesting and educational. I learnt some of the background behind astronomy. Herschel's sister... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Free museum in the home of Willam Herschel from which he made many astronomical observations including discovery of the planet Uranus. Quite small so only need about an hour to view. Interesting snap shot of an interesting mans life and that of his sister who was also an astronomer and generally interesting person. Worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

This is not a large museum, only about three or four rooms in an old rowhouse. However, it will be worth a visit by any astronomy fans.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

This is a smallish terraced house outside the centre of Bath. It contains an eclectic mix of exhibits to illustrate the life and work of Herschel - the modesty of the domestic setup serves to highlight the nature of Herschel's own life. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016 via mobile

Was a lot smaller than i thought but it is filled with lots of interesting facts and things to see. I don't reckon the entrance price was fair, but hey, Uranus was discovered there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

The museum is quite low key and set in William Herschel's actual home, which seems like it must have been when he was alive. The history of what he did here is probably more impressive than the museum itself. Worth a visit though.

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Cannon Beach, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Can't thank Rob enough for being the icing on the cake regarding our recent trip to the Herschel Museum. The museum is a solid gem of interesting information, facts and details on Herschel, his sister - thankfully she is noted in some regard as to the contributions she made to the world of astronomy. Rob added so much more information... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

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. The tour starts with a short film on the life and times of W Herschel. You also have access to his workshop and the back garden from where he made his most famous discovery --... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

This museum is small but good value for money and filled with a variety of interesting artefacts and bits of information. Definitely worth a visit if you're around in bath, will probably only take 1-2 hours to go around.

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