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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is the former home of Astronomers William and Caroline Herschel and is a Museum dedicated to their achievements.

Explore the magic behind astronomy and the fascinating discoveries made by the Herschel family.

There are plenty of things to see and do at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, such as:

  • The Caroline Lucretia Gallery
  • Telescopes
  • Globes and Planetaria 
  • The Garden
  • The Herschel Family Tree
  • The Music Room
  • The Workshop
  • William Herschel's Travel Diary
  • Mirror Polishing Machine
  • Caroline Herschel's Visitor's Book
  • Caroline Herschel's Handwritten Memoir 
  • Miniature portrait group of Margaret Bryan and her daughters
  • Regular evening astronomy events

As well as talented musicians, the Herschels were Astronomers and it's this very house that William Herschel used one of his own telescope designs to discover the planet Uranus back in 1781. His observations helped to double the known size of the solar system.

Following a tradition of the great astronomers of the Renaissance, he pushed forward the science of building telescopes. He was rewarded for his work by King George III, and also received the Copley Medal. His sister Caroline also made a huge contribution to the field of astronomy. The work of the Herschels clearly had an impact on modern science and space exploration.

Opening Times:

Open for self-led visits (60 minute session). 

Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm).

Admission Prices:

Admission to Herschel Museum of Astronomy

  • Adult Annual Pass £12 (Herschel Museum of Astronomy only)
  • Concession Annual Pass £10.50 (Herschel Museum of Astronomy only) Senior, Student, NHS & Blue Light
  • Under 18s Free – with accompanying adult
  • Bath Preservation Trust Members Free – Proof of membership required upon entry

Admission to Herschel Museum of Astronomy AND No.1 Royal Crescent

  • Adult Annual Pass £22 (includes No. 1 Royal Crescent)
  • Concession Annual Pass £20 (includes No. 1 Royal Crescent)
  • Under 18s Free – with accompanying adult
  • Bath Preservation Trust Members Free – Proof of membership required upon entry
Herschel Museum of Astronomy Bath

19 New King Street
Bath
Somerset
BA1 2BL

W: herschelmuseum.org.uk/

E: Email us

T: 01225 446865

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