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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  • Interesting museum. Although it's not massive, it was a very enjoyable place to visit and well worth a visit.
  • Interesting museum little about the lives and discoveries of William and Caroline Herschel. The staff were very friendly and informative.
  • Fascinating out of the way meusum. Not a huge amount there but well worth the very small admission fee. Don't miss the video in the basement, see that first.
  • Interesting, small museum set in the home of the man himself. The volunteer at the museum was really knowledgeable and friendly, there are lots of memories of a personal life alongside historical items. Would recommend.
  • If you love science, definitely a place to visit. A bit small but pretty cool
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