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“A wonderful slice of history and culture”

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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
London, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful slice of history and culture”
Reviewed May 8, 2014

This is a beautifully restored Georgian house that is just as illuminating for its history as it is for its astronomy.

If you do like astronomy or science, however, you're in for a unique treat as you can actually stand on the site where the planet Uranus was discovered, stand in the workshop where the most advanced telescope mirrors & lenses in the world were built and see the handwritten notes of William and Caroline Herschel.

I really can recommend this wonderful museum highly enough.

Visited April 2014
Thank Ralph W
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“Very interesting way to spend an hour.”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

The story of the Herschels is engaging and the instruments (musical and scientific) are fascinating.

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A Real Joy - even to a Non-Astronomer”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

Herschel Museum. This museum, although a little off the beaten track, was an excellent find. You do not have to that interested in astronomy to enjoy it. They have set it all out as if you were in a Georgian house. There is much to enjoy as the Hirschels were also professional musicians. And you have to admire William Hershel’s brilliance at not only being a great astronomer but also his abilities to make a lot of his own instruments, including making & polishing his own mirrors for his telescopes. Lastly, you can admire from the back window a typical Georgian courtyard garden. Oh, & the short film downstairs is a very good summary of his life along with his sister, who carried on his work by discovering 6 comets & lived to 98!

Visited March 2014
1 Thank TonyBr
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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

enjoyed our visit stayed nearly two hours it would be nice to be able to get a cup of tea or coffee - even if only from a vending machine.
Space is tight I know but there was a lot of the lower ground area taken up with 'in my opinion' pretty lack lustre exhibits. Terribly smelly loo - be warned!
All in all a good afternoon out - Caroline ROCKS!

Visited March 2014
Thank Angela M
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Well worth an hour or two!”
Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

A lovely little museum, and well worth a visit. The museum will be equally interesting to Hershel fans and to those who have barely heard of him - it doesn't assume any level of knowledge (without being patronising) and introduces visitors to both his work (instruments, letters) and his home life (dining room, clothes).

Thank Rachel H
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