Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
19 New King Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2BL
  • Telephone 01225 446 865
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 1–5pm; Sat–Sun and Bank Holidays 10am–5pm. Last entry 4.15pm.
  • Seasonal times Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
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  • Website herschelmuseum.org.uk
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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is in the home where William and Caroline Herschel lived, and in which William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. It's been fully restored in the style of the period, and its patron is, like Herschel, another musician-astronomer: Brian May of Queen. The building has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building.

The museum features a wide variety of astronomical instruments, including telescopes made by Herschel himself, and an exhibition gallery, the Caroline Lucretia Gallery.

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