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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  • Really enjoyed this little museum (it's a house in fact) and learning a little more about one of astronomy's pioneers, together with his sister and brother who helped him a lot. Admission price is ver...  more »
  • We really enjoyed visiting this museum and learning about Sir William Herschel. A clean, well planned and very informative museum. So pleased we visited and the lady on reception was extremely helpful...  more »
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  • When you've done all the main sights of Bath, this makes a pleasant change. Interesting piece of history, nice little garden-and a chance to see inside one of those many Georgian terraces. A short film showing on a loop in the basement gives you all you need to understand the exhibits.
  • Interesting collection but poor presentation. Mirror and lens making could be explained more: principles techniques and instruments. Discovery of infrared marginally better presented, but could get better. Film w poor narration.
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