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. Put Herschel Museum of Astronomy into our Bath travel itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 21, 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 ...  more »
  • August 15, 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 i...  more »
  • August 12, 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'...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Very interesting museum if you are interested in Astronomy and Physics. Wouldn't go unless your very interested. Has the actual thermometer used to find Infrared radiation.
  • Interesting to walk around. Not really worth the price though. It's mainly about his life, not about his scientific discoveries.
  • A house full of fantastic information! The front desk guy was more than happy to chat and share his knowledge on Herschel and his family.

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