Herchel Museum of Astronomy The Herschel Museum of Astronomy William Herschel and his sister, Caroline Herschel

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

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Timings : 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM - weekdays 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM - weekends and bank holidays. From 27th July to 1st September - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM - weekdays 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM - weekends. The museum would be closed during Christmas season.

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath Overview

This former house turned present astronomical attraction was the residence of one of the leading astronomers and musicians of the 16th Century, William Herschel. The man behind the discovery of the planet Uranus. A five storied building, the Herschel Museum of Astronomy is located on the New King Street at a walkable distance from the city centre.

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Entry fee

Adults - GBP 6.70   INR 591.30
Seniors
(Aged >65 years) - GBP 5.70   INR 403.04
Children
(Aged 6-16 years) - GBP 3.30   INR 291.24
Students - GBP 5.70   INR 403.04
Family
(2 parents and up -  GBP 16.00  INR 1412.06
to four children)
Groups
(Of min 10
people)        -  GBP 5.70  INR 503.04 (per person)

Features of the Herschel Museum

  • The Caroline Lucretia Gallery dedicated to his sister, Caroline Herschel
  • The Herschel Museum of Astronomy also houses the Music Room, a space used by William Herschel to develop and practice his musical interests.
  • The backyard adorns a 16th-century garden, which used to be Jane Austen's favourite spot for evening walks. What makes this garden so special is that; it was from here that William Herschel discovered the planet.
  • A star vault astronomy auditorium is the present reconstructed form of the then manufacturing space for telescopes and other related instruments.
  • The Herschel Museum is recorded among the Grade II buildings; a group of structures that carry significant importance by the English Heritage.
  • The Herschel Museum of Astronomy has a display of orreries, mirrors and replicas of the objects used in the time.

Things to do at the museum

  • Amazing Astronomy - a fun game for children, for which you could purchase tickets at the admission desk.
  • You could take an exciting tour of the place through the handling box and replica house of 19 New King Street.
  • There is a museum shop where you could buy souvenirs, articles and other items.
  • The museum shop also has books on sale, which includes the Museum Guide Book as well.

Quick facts about the museum

  • The Herschel Museum of Astronomy was established two centuries after the discovery of the planet Uranus.
  • This discovery expanded our human knowledge of outer space.
  • Jane Austen lived opposite to the museum and took regular strolls in the garden.

History of the place

  • William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus using a telescope designed by himself.
  • He also went on to be one of the pioneers to discover infrared. And guess what, the discovery was by accident!
  • Caroline Herschel, sister of William Herschel, was one of the leading women scientists of her time.

Architecture

  • The Herschel Museum of Astrology is constructed using the Bath Stone Ashlar, a combination of granular and smooth textures.
  • The house turned museum represents the Georgian middle-class homes of the time.

Facilities

  • Free wifi
  • Guard dogs allowed.

Tips

  • Do not click photographs with the flash switched on.
  • Do not carry or use selfie sticks.

How To Reach Herschel Museum of Astronomy

On foot:
Begin your journey from the Bath Premier City Center. Walk towards and onto James Street West. You would enter a right turn onto Charles Street. Take that turn and further take a left onto New King Street. As you continue walking, you would reach the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. It would be to your left.

By road:
Car:
Drive onto James Street from the city centre and take a right turn onto Charles Street. Drive up to Monmouth Place and take a left onto that street. Further, drive onto your left to get onto Cumberland Row. Continue until you come across a lane leading into Kings Street, take a right and drive into that street. You would reach the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, which would be to your left
Parking - There are no parking facilities on the premises of the museum. However, there is a parking space on Charles Street. It is a ten-minute walk from the museum.
Parking spaces are provided on King Charles Street for the disabled. However, these spaces cannot be booked in advance.

Bike:
You could use the “Bike in Bath Scheme”, a bike rental where you could pick up yours and ride down to the museum. There is parking available for bikes around the museum.

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