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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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  • Go see this where this guy and his sister have created a telescope which at the time was the biggest in the world.
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • Firstly, the host of the museum/chap on the front desk made what would of been an otherwise great experience and absolutely wonderful one. He was simply a delight and such an engaging, interesting fel...  more »
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  • Very quant, lots of interesting displays. The museum has a very relaxed friendly atmosphere
  • Small hidden museum that's great to visit if you have a few hours to spare. Entrance is not free but it is cheap and it is great to learn about the astronomical research that the Herschel family undertook whilst in Bath and after their time here.
  • I liked this museum about William Herschel. Lots of old astronomy artefacts.
  • I didn't really know what to expect when I visited but I was so glad I did. Fascinating museum with knowledgeable staff and plenty of information on the lives of William Herschel and his sister. There is a nice garden out the back which is worth taking a look at even if it is raining (although you can look at it out of an upstairs window if it's raining and you are a bit precious). I thought I knew a fair amount about the man before I visited but I learnt plenty more during my visit.
  • Great, interesting museum. Love the period features and even more special knowing William Herschel and his sister actually lived in the house!