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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

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Opening hours

Normal opening times are weekdays, except Wednesdays, 1pm to 5pm last entry 4.30pm; weekends and bank holidays 11am to 5pm last entry 4.30pm.
PLEASE NOTE: During the summer holidays in addition to our normal opening hours we will be open on the following Wednesday afternoons between 1pm and 5pm: 18th July, 25th July, 1st Aug, 8th Aug, 15th Aug, 22nd Aug and 29th Aug.

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Tel. 01225 446 865

Postcode BA1 2BL

Details

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is dedicated to the many achievements of the Herschels, who were distinguished astronomers as well as talented musicians. 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. He was rewarded for his work by King George III, and also received the Copley Medal. 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.

Sir Patrick Moore, the patron of the museum, describes William Herschel as 'the first man to give a reasonably correct picture of the shape of our star-system or galaxy, the best telescope-maker of his time, and possibly the greatest observer who ever lived'.

Curator: D James, The Herschel Museum of Astronomy, 19 New King Street, Bath. BA1 2BL

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