Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath

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Gain insight into William Herschel's scientific and astronomic discoveries at Herschel Museum of Astronomy. The Georgian house was once the residence of Herschel and his wife Caroline in the 1700s, and today is dedicated to astronomy. In 1781, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus from his home; the first discovery of a planet since Ancient Greece--it expanded the known universe by two times. Walk through the house, which has preserved much of the original decor and furniture. Start on the ground floor, where you can see the brass replica of Herschel's reflecting telescope, from which he discovered the planet. As you go through the upper levels of the gallery, you will see many heirlooms, such as William's travel diary, Caroline's clothing, and the family's visitors book. Work out when and for how long to visit Herschel Museum of Astronomy and other Bath attractions using our handy Bath trip itinerary app .
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  • Tucked away in a side street, this museum was a joy to visit. The rooms are full of history. We were lucky enough to have an actors' troupe there playing various people from the Herschel family. Made ...  more »
  • A few minutes walk from the centre of town and away from the crowds we would recommend all visitors to Bath to take the trouble and use a couple of hours in William Herschel's company. An informative ...  more »
  • After you visit this museum, you'll know. A small but interesting museum, a bit off Bath's beaten path. Worth an hour of your time.  more »
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  • Knowledgeable staff, good video narrated by the late Sir Patrick Moore, interesting exhibits, information on William and his sister Caroline, and pleasant garden. Would have liked a little more about Uranus (or planet George, as it was initially known).
  • Great placee to go and visit! Interesting and informative. Would have liked to have see more of the scientific information but there was enough to satisfy me. Price is reasonable and staff are helpful.
  • An absolutely charming house, full of character! The place just exudes history and beautifully tells the important story of William Herschel and his sister 'Lina.' The garden, is also quite extraordinary and was where Herschel made a lot of fascinating discoveries. Definitely worth a visit for anyone who is curious about our world and the galaxies beyond!
  • Very simple museum but it brings home how science was done before the intensity of academic study.
  • Nicely done museum that does tell the story of William Herschel very well. On the day I was there there was live-action drama going on around the house which was very different and interesting. Loses 2 stars because it's just quite small and I'd have liked more space to look around.

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