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“Small, but perfectly formed”

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
Ranked #27 of 173 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed June 30, 2013

The Herschel museum is located in the actual townhouse where William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781, doubling the size of the known solar system at the time, and cementing his name in history.

Set across three floors, the house has been recreated as an 18th Century townhouse as it would have been in his day, with each room is given over to a different part of his life; his musical career, his hobby of astronomy, and his everyday life with his assistant/sister. A video introduction (12 minutes, presented by the late Sir Patrick Moore) starts you off, and then the rest of the house can be seen in an hour if you're in a rush, or take it slowly and spread it out to two.

The garden (where he made his famous discovery) has been restored to its period state, and is beautiful. The staff member on duty was pleasant, informative and enthusiastic, a real ambassador for the property.

Thank Lubalin
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

We had a spare afternoon in Bath and were delighted to have chosen this museum to pass the time. The audio guides are definitely worth an extra fee (£1). The house offered a perfect blend of astronomic and local/personal history. We were awestruck by both the genius of Herschel and the sheer physical slog that scientists had to go through in the 1700s. The story of his sister was a pleasant and interesting surprise. The man on reception was friendly and helpful too.

1  Thank Anon018
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Staff were so enthusiastic, and the audio commentary devises were cheap to use (£1) each and very well done. The 2 Herschels were amazing people

Thank Barbinhants
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We were just past the last entrance time (website says 4:30 but it is actually 4:15) but we begged to be let in as it was our only chance to see this wonderful museum and they agreed to open the doors. Extremely nice people to do so.
Overall an interesting exhibit about the Herschel's and nice to see the house in it's glory and to be in a place of such history.
Would be nice to go back and take a little more time with it.

Thank Lisa P
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

I stumbled upon this little museum while wandering around Bath; I knew of the work of both Herschels but didn't remember that they had lived in Bath. The museum is just the right size for a interesting but not exhausting visit; and gives you a feel for life in the 18th century as well as some of the details of William and Caroline's lives. As I am admirers of the Herschels, I was moved to see artifacts that they had owned or handled. The exhibits have good captions and there is a pleasant little garden.

Thank Mary Y
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