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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

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Pioneer astronomers who discovered the planet Uranus

Spent an informative evening at a special opening of the Herschel Museum, with knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Michael G
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Bath, United Kingdom
Interesting gem tucked away in side streets

An interesting little museum tucked away in tbe side streets of Bath, giving an insight into the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Annette A
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19 New King Street is a delightful and unique example of a fully restored modest Georgian townhouse. It was home to the astronomer and musician William Herschel and his sister Caroline. Particularly evocative features include Herschel’s workshop...more
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 November 2006

While in Bath last week, my partner and I spent quite a while trying to find this museum which turned out to be only five minutes from the city centre, but quite badly signposted. The museum is actually William Herschel's house where he discovered the...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 10 January 2015

My wife is a science teacher, and knew of Herschel's accomplishments, so she was kind of excited to go and see his museum. Well, we arrived at an almost non-descript front door, one of many along a continuous apartment/condo house front row of identical entrances,...More

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HerschelMuseum, Manager at Herschel Museum of Astronomy, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2015

We are sorry that you were disappointed with your visit but it would appear from your comments that perhaps you did not visit the dining room, music room or drawing room with its collection of 18th century astronomical instruments such as the drum orrery by...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Spent an informative evening at a special opening of the Herschel Museum, with knowledgeable astronomers guiding us round the house which William Herschel turned into an observatory. Initially alarmed by the intrusion of telescopes and gadgetry, his sister Caroline eventually became an excellent astronomer in...More

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting little museum tucked away in tbe side streets of Bath, giving an insight into the real birth of astronomy. Only criticism was no mention was given of Herschels wife-not even her name!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit, it was quite busy as there were lots of children around and I believe a City Mayor too? We also took advantage of the GWR 2 for 1 offer too. The staff member on the desk was polite and happy...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking for things to do in Bath on TripAdvisor, I noticed this museum but wasn't entirely sure either of us would be very interested. I mentioned it as something we could do and we made the decision to check it out. I'm so glad we...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This quaint and informative museum is housed in what was the home of William Herschel and his sister Caroline, both outstanding astronomers in the late 1700s.

Thank EegleI
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely house the receptionist was informative, there was a film on in the basement explaining his important discovery of planets and stars, the the King hired him so they moved. The house and workshop are well maintained. His sister Caroline was also gifted, so...More

Thank kingdomkid123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Learning that Herschel was first and foremost a musician makes his and his sister's discoveries even more incredible. Seeing the tools and lenses he made and the garden where the two made their observations was moving.

Thank yakherd
Reviewed 13 October 2018

It was good to see a museum inside a typical Bath house of the period. The exhibits were laid out well. It was magical seeing the floor which melted when Herschel was making telescopes. While Patrick Moore's commentary in the video was difficult to understand...More

Thank Claygum
Reviewed 10 October 2018

You'll learn all about Wm Herschel, as well as his sister who discovered several comets. Quick stop and we learned a lot.

Thank LKotsonas
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Interesting short video, fascinating story of women’s achievements in space and astronomy. Great example of a period house Definitely worth a visit

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