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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
+44 1225 446865
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Not enough astronomy for a museum of astronomy

Was ok but simply there was not astronomy for a museum of astronomy. Me and girlfriend both felt... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dom S
Astronomy and Music

A great little museum that contains historical information and items from Herschel's life. Not just... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Martyn T
Exeter, United Kingdom
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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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19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
+44 1225 446865
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was ok but simply there was not astronomy for a museum of astronomy. Me and girlfriend both felt that if the museum had focused more on astronomy (ie. what we went for) and less about family squabbles and food they ate (ie what we did...More

1  Thank Dom S
HerschelMuseum, Manager at Herschel Museum of Astronomy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank for you recent review of the Herschel Museum. We are sorry to hear that you were rather disappointed in the content of the house, however you do make some points which deserve a response. The Museum does not claim to be a hands-on Science...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A great little museum that contains historical information and items from Herschel's life. Not just in relation to astronomy, but also to his musical career. Definitely worth a visit and pretty cool to stand in the same garden that Uranus was discovered in. Also, top...More

Thank Martyn T
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Quite a small house that Herschel lived in for a time & from the garden of which he discovered Uranus. Was pretty informative re Herschel's life & the short video in the cellar narrated by Patrick Moore was enjoyable. You probably aren't going to spend...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Lovely little museum. Fascinating well worth the visit . Short 15 mintues flim to watch first which give you insite, loved this place .Small on 3 floors,

Thank lisa w
Reviewed 4 September 2017

This is the house where William Herschel and his sister Caroline lived for a time in Bath and the garden is where he set up his telescope and discovered the planet Uranus. However, this is not just for those interested in astronomy, for both William...More

1  Thank Edmund R
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Wonderful little Museum dedicated to William and Catherine Herschel. They were Astronomers, Innovators and Musicians who discovered Uranus and much more from their small Observatory in the garden of this Georgian Terrace in Bath. Well worth a visit for an hour or so.

Thank alanandvalerie2017
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

This place sounded really good on paper but the reality was a little lacking unfortunately. Whilst still interesting, I was expecting a bit more of a focus on astronomy, both of Herschel's findibgs and the history in general; but it was very focused on Herschel's...More

Thank Louise B
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Lovely museum with plenty of interesting facts and points of interest. Really liked the short film as an introduction to the Herschel family narrated by Patrick Moore (Who else :-) ). However I think it was great just being in the place where planet Uranus...More

Thank Graham B
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Our third time to visit this gem. A small 'out of the way' museum, far from the madding crowds of the Roman Baths; but just 10 minutes walk from them. A tremendous film narrated by Sir Patrick Moore is as quirky as you'll ever see....More

Thank Nicholas C
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The museum was quite small but it had lots of information and it was quite interesting what William Herschel discovered and did and it was cool that it was in the very house he stayed in . Although I'm not very interested in astronomy so...More

Thank Emily K
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