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“Nice piece of history”

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
Ranked #25 of 156 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
Little Rock, Arkansas
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8 reviews
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“Nice piece of history”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

My husband loves astronomy and took our boys (ages 11 and 13) to this museum on our shot visit to Bath. It is very well done and provides a unique look into William and Caroline Herschel's lives and accomplishments. It was exciting to think we were standing in the place where he discovered Uranus and infrared light/heat. The garden in the back was lovely, too.

Visited July 2013
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Penryn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Interesting, but could be a lot better. The DVD is very interesting as are some of the exhibits. However it seems as if they are not content with receiving just the admission fee, as there is additional charge for an audio guide and taking photos, as well as donation box's in several locations

Visited July 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“I expected more”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

It was quite difficult to find on the street, there are very few signs leading to it. Also, I would expect more about astronomy and Herschel's science, rather than a display of their dining tables and armchairs.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Small, but perfectly formed”
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.

Visited June 2013
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SW England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Unexpected pleasure”
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.

Visited June 2013
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