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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
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

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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Foolishly did not check opening times. Make sure you do.

It is so important to check openning times befre you go. We hopped on bus, hopped off, went to Jane Austen centre and then to the Heschel museum, to find it did not open until... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jean s
Buxton Derbyshire
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Small house with info on finding Uranus. Glad I saw it but there isn't a lot to see. Very good video to watch.

Thank Jackie C
Buxton Derbyshire
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is so important to check openning times befre you go. We hopped on bus, hopped off, went to Jane Austen centre and then to the Heschel museum, to find it did not open until 1pm. Had other places to go to so did not wait. very disappointed, have learnt a lesson.

Thank Jean s
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located near the centre of Bath in a terraced house. Tells the story of Herschel and his sister Caroline while they lived in Bath before moving to Datchet to be astronomer royal after the discovery of Uranus. Displays of equipment used for star gazing plus tools used to make mirrors for telescopes. Also a section on the music of Herschel,... More 

Thank Tonywbhort
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friendly host, very interesting to see. Tucked away and reasonably priced. I learnt a lot that I had no idea about before. Really sweet little museum. Not that young child friendly but I would say from 6 up.

Thank Emma_veggie
Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband is an astronomy buff, so going here was a must. They have some great exhibits including some devoted to Caroline who was a scientist in her own way. They are in the process of expanding and renovating to add more coverage about Hershel's musical interests. Highly recommend for adult science enthusiasts- kids would likely find the exhibits too... More 

Thank J_from_NY
Carson, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here for my father who's an astronomer and I am so glad that I did. I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed my time there. Great little museum. The staff was very informative and helpful. I learned a lot about William and his sister, Caroline, who was also an accomplished astronomer. The house and its contents... More 

Thank TaffyRogers
Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is such a lovely museum. The staff were very polite and knowledgeable. There were only 2 other visitors when we're were here. A lovely house, great astronomical instruments and equipment. Good display of instruments to a sound track of some of Herschel's compositions.

Thank Danny M
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is located in a beautiful old townhouse near the city centre. On arrival, we were warmly welcomed and made to feel at home by the fantastic member of staff manning the front desk. He was enthusiastic and happy to answer any questions we had. The tour starts with an interesting film about the occupants of the house. You... More 

Thank emmkath
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

This is a beautifully organized museum, dedicating to the astronomer William Herschel and his sister Caroline. There are many things to see, and the museum staff is very friendly and kind, willing to share their knowledge and enthusiasm. I also found the video (put in downstairs) about the lives of Herschel and Caroline is very well done and rather moving.... More 

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Reviewed 5 March 2017

The museum has some interesting and informative information in a fantastic old building. More could be made of the experience and the whole museum enhanced if reorganised. Nevertheless we enjoyed our visit.

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