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“Difficult to find” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
Ranked #25 of 154 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: Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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“Difficult to find”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

Spent hours walking around Bath trying to find this place. The location was surprising in that it was in a row of terraced houses down what looked to be a back street. Times have no doubt changed since this was lived in by Herschel. The main attraction was the workroom where the lenses for the telescope were made and polished as you could actually touch and try out some if the equipment. This was a very low key museum that I thought was lacking more interactive displays of astronomy in general and advances made by this man in particular .

Visited October 2013
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“A Hidden Treasure.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

Spent just over an hour at this small, but interesting and well presented, museum dedicated to the story of William and Caroline Herschel - Musicians turned Astronomers. A warm welcome and introduction to the four story terrace house by a member of staff is followed by a free to wonder tour around the property.

The AV production in the basement can be seen at any time during the visit, but I would recommend visitors to start with it, and work your way up to the first floor.

My only negative comment would be that some of the captions were a little small to read.Some of the labels bear QR codes if you have the ability to read them.

Audio tours are available to hire, and guide books and other related goods are available to purchase.

Rucksacks and large bags can be left at the entry desk, by request. Limited disabled access.

Visited October 2013
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“Great little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

This is a sweet museum in the house where Herschel lived with his sister Caroline. You get to see a lot about the background to his experiments with astronomy plus how he made the early equipment, as well as the interior of the house. The audio commentary was great, loved the little introductory film.

Visited October 2013
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Málaga, Andalucia, Spain
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“Great if you have an interest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

This is a wonderful little tribute to the life of William and Caroline Herschel. It isn't huge, but there is enough to keep you interested for an hour or so. I found it incredible fascinating, and read and listened to EVERYTHING, but Caroline is my favourite scientist, so I think if you had no interest in science, you wouldn't enjoy this place as much.

Visited September 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Poignant and fascinating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Having tecently read "The Age of Wonder" I was fascinated to see the house where Herschel and his sister lived and did their wonderful work. You can really imagine yourself out in the garden, staring at the stars. Loved the cracked floor in the workroom where the mercury leaked from the furnace!

Visited October 2013
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