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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  • The museum is rather small and hidden away just away from the main city but finding it is well worth the journey. Very well laid out and informative about the life of Bath in the late 1700s and the He...  more »
  • We went to this museum as we are both interested in astronomy, but you also gain an insight into a typical house of the Georgian era- fascinating. There's a good 15 min film to introduce you to the He...  more »
  • Wonderful old Bath house home to Herschel. The workshop has great equipment used to make telescopes. The house is decorated in period furnishings. Nice music room. Adm. Nelson lived for ten years next...  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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