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“small but interesting”

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
Ranked #25 of 157 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: Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Leek, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“small but interesting”
Reviewed 18 February 2012

Small but interesting museum but thought there would be a bit more to it.

Visited February 2012
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

Made a special trip to Bath (Hotel etc) to got to this museum - foolishly on a Wednesday, when it is normally shut! Anyway a very kind lady opened up especially for us and we had the place to ourselves for some hours. There is plenty to see for the expert and there was also plenty of general interest items/exhibits for the likes of the more ordinary visitor like myself! Reasonably priced and well worth the trip in our opinion and thanks again for opening up.

Visited February 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A peek into William Herschel's Life”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

The house of William Herschel, from which he made several breakthrough discoveries for humanity. A small museum with a small entrance fee.

Visited February 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“The Herschel Museum offers the real thing”
Reviewed 29 January 2012

Unlike some well-hyped tourist traps in Bath, the Herschel Museum lives up to expectations - and more. Herschel actually lived in this house, you can hear the music he composed as you walk around, and you can see many personal artifacts, letters and pictures from his life - including scorch marks in the basement where some of his experiments went wrong. If you want a real Georgian experience come here - you will enjoy it even if you are not a hobby astronomer.

Visited July 2011
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“Little Known Site of Major Scientific Discovery!”
Reviewed 28 January 2012

An avid Astronomer member of the family visited us and expressed an interest in visiting this museum.
I was vaguely aware of it, having it on My "Places to visit in Bath sometime"
It seems to be closed over Winter but happened to be open on this particular day.
It is an easy walk from the centre or as we did, park and walk from Victoria Park.
The Museum is located in a Georgian Terraced house and is furnished and decorated in the style of the 1700's when William Hershel lived here.
There is a mini cinema in the basement which has a short film introducing the life of William Herschel narrated by Sir Patrick Moore.
The incredible thing about this place is that William Herschel built the most powerful telescope of the day which meant that he was the first person to see the planet Uranus. And he did it from the Back garden of this house!
You can see the worn flagstones where he had his workshop, his dining table and many
other artefacts from his lifetime.
The Curators were very knowledgeable and willing to impart advice on telescope setup and requirements as well as where local Star-Gazing Groups meet.
I am not really into Astronomy but I found the Museum very interesting and absorbing and it certainly sparked a enthusiastic curiosity in my ten year old, which can't be bad.
I will certainly go back in the summer when the garden is open and see where the great deed was done.
Definately worth a visit.

Visited January 2012
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