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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
11:00 - 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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The Siblings of Astronomy

William Herchel, who discovered the planet Uranus amongst other significant astronomical discoveries, lived for some time at the house in Bath which now houses the museum. There... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2015
Sean B
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 31 March 2015

William Herchel, who discovered the planet Uranus amongst other significant astronomical discoveries, lived for some time at the house in Bath which now houses the museum. There is an interesting display of his scientific as well as musical instruments. I was surprised to learn he was primarily a musician, with a keen interest in science. Equally surprising was the fact... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 March 2015

The audio tour was interesting and informative. There is an awful lot to see and read but I think a prior interest is needed to fully enjoy this museum.

Thank Ruth M
Pokhara, Nepal
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Reviewed 25 March 2015

Fascinating insight into both the scientific achievements and daily life of the astronomer William Herschel. Lots of information and displays about astronomy at the time and developments since. The building itself is very interesting and well restored to the period when Herschel lived there and gives a great idea of what the interiors of all the Georgian terraces you walk... More 

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 March 2015

This is fascinating. Located in Herschel's house in a residential street not far from the city centre, this gives an insight into how people lived and the research that Herschel did, including cracking the flagstones with molten metal! Slightly dated but, nevertheless, very informative video running on a loop which puts the rest of the tour in context. Only open... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 March 2015

I actually visited in November 2006 but Trip Advisor wouldn't let me input that date. Anyway, this is an interesting little museum and garden if you are at all into astronomy. Takes less than a couple of hours to see the whole thing.

Thank Bertis F
Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 14 March 2015

We found reference to this wonderful spot in the City Sightseeing brochure and visited the museum along with Jane Austen house. Luckily the opening times suited - maybe more details in the bus leaflet? Awesome to be in the same spot and to see the inventive equipment for the first discovery of the planet Uranus.

Thank 470JohnC
Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2015

This museum is valuable for many reasons. The building is interesting for anybody with an interest in Georgian architecture. It also educates the visitor about the two residents Caroline and William Herschel. It paints a vivid picture of these fascinating characters. It is easy to imagine the couple's daily routine and attention is also drawn to their achievements. The staff... More 

Thank Howard W
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2015

Very small but interesting museum, came here on recommendation of a colleague. Visit will take no long than 1 hour but interesting for astronomy and science types!

Thank goodwin37
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2015

It was interesting to get a feel for the life and times of Herschel and especially learn more about his long-suffering but endlessly-supportive sister - a Georgian town house in the middle of Bath seems an unlikely setting for some truly significant astronomical discoveries. However, apart from the introductory video (excellently narrated by the late Patrick Moore), I felt the... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2015

I enjoyed this as apart from the scientific aspect it was also on a personal level as it also included information about Herscel's sister. Only needed about 30 minutes to look round but definitely worth a visit.

Thank Lynne C

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