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Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is housed in a restored Georgian townhouse that was home to astronomer William Herschel, who discovered Uranus using a 7' reflecting telescope built in the attached workshop here in March 1781.

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is housed in a restored Georgian townhouse that was home to astronomer William Herschel, who discovered Uranus using a 7' reflecting telescope built in the attached workshop here in March 1781. The workshop where Herschel experimented and built lenses has been preserved. The full-sized brass and rosewood replica of Herschel’s telescope is on display in the Reception Room on the ground floor. Also in the house are a period kitchen with cast iron range, music room with a pedal harp from 1795, and the Caroline Lucretia Gallery which displays temporary exhibitions. The garden where Herschel made his monumental discovery is laid out as typical of a Georgian town-house, with cypress trees, quinces, and medicinal and culinary plants.


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About Herschel Museum of Astronomy

 19 New King St, Bath, Avon BA1 2BL, United Kingdom

 +44 1225 446865

 herschelmuseum.org.uk

Herschel Museum of Astronomy and Nearby Sights on Map

Norfolk Crescent

Theatre Royal

Gay Street

Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen lived in Bath from 1800 to 1805, and later chose the city as the setting of 2 of her novels - Northanger Abbey and Persuasion

Royal Crescent

Overlooking Royal Victoria Park , the Royal Crescent is a row of 30 Grade I listed terraced houses built between 1767 - 1775 and laid out in an arc that is renowned for its archetypal Georgian architecture

Trim Street

The Circus

The Circus is a sprawling circle comprising 3 curved segments of Grade I listed Georgian townhouses around a central garden

North Parade

South Parade

Octagon Chapel

The Octagon Chapel was built in 1767 as a uniquely shaped private church, but now houses a jewelry shop