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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  • During our fourth visit to Bath this year we decided to visit this small museum. The terraced house is easy to find, only a small walk friom the bus stop (near Green Park Station). In the basement the...  more »
  • The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is contained in the terraced house in which Herschel lived and made many of his discoveries.  more »
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  • Wonderful, one of the best independent museums I've ever been to! So much to see and the introductory film is very informative and voiced by Sir Patrick Moore adding to the magic (at least for an amateur astronomer like me!) Great displays with information about nearly all the artefacts and the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. Beautiful pieces of machinery built by Hershel on display and I'm sad to say I didn't have time to make it upstairs to see the musical instruments. Need to go back when I visit Bath again!
  • Just an ordinary Georgian artisan terrace house. Excellent intro video and simple layout give feel of the extraordinary lives of the Herchel's. A must on any trip to Bath.
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