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10. The Herschel Museum

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The Herschel Museum

“I have looked further into space than any human being did before me” William Herschel.

It was from this house, using a telescope of his own design that William discovered the planet Uranus 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 and was rewarded for his work by King George III, and also received the Copley Medal. His wife 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.

To quote from the patron of the museum Patrick Moore, “William Herschel was the first man to give a reasonably correct picture of the shape of our star-system or galaxy; he was the best telescope-maker of his time, and possibly the greatest observer who ever lived”.

Photo Library
The Museum offers a range of images of the Herschels and the museum including portraits, general views and museum objects. Please enquire about reproduction fees.

The Herschel Museum Address:
The Herschel Museum of Astronomy
19 New King Street
Bath
BA1 2BL
England, UK

The Herschel Museum Opening Times:
The museum is open weekdays, except Wednesdays, 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm, and on weekends and bank holidays from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. Last entry is at 4.30 pm.

Between July 14th and September 1st the museum will also open on Wednesday afternnoons.

The Herschel Museum Admission:
Adults £4.50
Students £3.00
Concessions £4.00
Children £2.50
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £11.00
Groups £4.00 per person 
Registered disabled visitors, £3.00 plus free audio guide  

Concessions to B&NES residents with Discovery Card, The Royal Astronomical Society, the Society for Popular Astronomy and the CPRE scheme. Free entry to members of the William Herschel Society, the Museums Association, Bath Preservation Trust and the Bath Museums volunteer scheme.

T  +44 (0)1225 446 865

F  +44 (0) 1225 446 865
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