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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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  • A very small museum, which offers insights into Herschel life and his discovery of the planet Uranus. It is very authentic because the Museum is Herschel's former House.
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  • Can't thank Rob enough for being the icing on the cake regarding our recent trip to the Herschel Museum. The museum is a solid gem of interesting information, facts and details on Herschel, his sister...  read more »
  • Small museum dedicated to the life and work of William Herschel, the man who discovered the planet Uranus from the back garden of this house. The tour starts with a short film on the life and times of...  read more »
  • 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.
  • It's pretty small. But there was a good informational video about his life.
  • Great, interesting museum. Love the period features and even more special knowing William Herschel and his sister actually lived in the house!
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