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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

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Address: 19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
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+44 1225 446865
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13:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 13:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Museum is now closed until 18 January 2016.

19 New King Street is a...

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

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Where a musician turned into an astronomer

As an astrophysics student, I do know quite a lot about the subject and Mr Herschel's achievements. I didn't, however, know he had been a musician well before being interested in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As an astrophysics student, I do know quite a lot about the subject and Mr Herschel's achievements. I didn't, however, know he had been a musician well before being interested in stars and planets. The small house (having a small garden also) where him and his sister lived is open to the public as this small museum in the center... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful pit stop while in the town centre made all the better by the introduction from the knowledgable, and clearly passionate, gent on the front desk (sorry I didn't catch his name). £6.50 entry well worth it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's interesting to learn about Mr Herschel's achievements but also how lovely to learn of the bond between him and his equally talented sister Caroline...a lady to be admired

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of small interesting items and documents. I didn't know anything about Hershel before this, but it's definitely worth a visit as he was an interesting man.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Tucked away in a quiet side street but well worth seeking out is the house where the astronomer who discovered Uranus lived with his sister Caroline, who was also an astronomer specialising in finding comets. A short introductory film narrated by the late Sir Patrick Moore gives the background to Herschel and his discoveries. The rooms are set out with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

I was visiting Bath with a friend and he wanted to visit here. I was a bit apprehensive when we arrived and found out the ticket prices - it couldn't be worth that to walk around a house... I'm glad we went here! It was really quite interesting and educational. I learnt some of the background behind astronomy. Herschel's sister... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Free museum in the home of Willam Herschel from which he made many astronomical observations including discovery of the planet Uranus. Quite small so only need about an hour to view. Interesting snap shot of an interesting mans life and that of his sister who was also an astronomer and generally interesting person. Worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is not a large museum, only about three or four rooms in an old rowhouse. However, it will be worth a visit by any astronomy fans.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

This is a smallish terraced house outside the centre of Bath. It contains an eclectic mix of exhibits to illustrate the life and work of Herschel - the modesty of the domestic setup serves to highlight the nature of Herschel's own life. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Was a lot smaller than i thought but it is filled with lots of interesting facts and things to see. I don't reckon the entrance price was fair, but hey, Uranus was discovered there.

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