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“Fascinating for astronomerts” 4 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
Prague, Czech Republic
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“Fascinating for astronomerts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013

The museum is actually the former residence of William Herschel that has been turned into a simple museum showcasing his life and work. It won't take more than an hour to go around, but if you are into astronomy it is worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
Thank Ian R
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“A piece of scientific history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

I'll get straight to the point - this is one that will only be appreciated by those who already have an interest in the history of astronomy.

I enjoyed my visit as I fall into that category, to be able to stand in the very same garden where a planet was first discovered is a humbling experience. The workshop was the other highlight, the cracked stones where Herschel spilt molten metal give hope to other tinkerers that the occasional mishap happens to even the very best.

I'd allow about an hour to fully explore the house, it's not that big but you get that impression from the relatively limited opening hours.

If you're not of a scientific leaning though, there's not much for you here, and nor would I recommend this place for those with children. I was also surprised that the subject knowledge of the volunteer that I spoke to was very basic, to the point that he didn't know that a light year is a measure of distance.

Visited March 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Small museum for astronomers only”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

The Herschel Museum is located in the terraced house in a residential street where Herschel once lived. It occupies approx. 6 rooms of the house so is relatively small and only takes about 45 minutes to walk around. I went with my 7 year old son and there was very little of interest to children of his age. For us, the most interesting part was the short film in the basement describing Hershel's life. The rest of the museum just has various relics on display; fine if you are particularly interested in Herschel and astronomy but I wouldn't recommend it if you only have a passing interest or if you are thinking of going with children.

Visited October 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“When culture met astronomy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

See the house in Bath where Herschel manufactured and ground fine glass lenses for his "state of the art" telescopes, and then used them to discover a new planet, Uranus! His discovery brought him world-wide fame, financial support from the King, and a place in history. Guided by volunteer physicists, you will experience the life scientific!

Visited October 2013
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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
Thank Lyn H
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