Herschel Museum of Astronomy

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“I have looked further into space than any human being did before me”
"I will make such telescopes and see such things."
William Herschel

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy celebrates the achievements of William and Caroline Herschel who were brilliant astronomers and talented musicians. It was from the garden of this house, using a telescope of his own design that William discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. He was rewarded for his work by King George III and received the Copley Medal. Caroline also made a huge contribution to the field of astronomy ably assisting William and discovering numerous comets.

19 New King Street provides a unique glimpse of everyday life for those of 'the middling sort' in the late eighteenth century. The town house has been meticulously restored and furnished showing the design ideas popular at the time and illuminating every aspect of domestic life.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

1pm – 5pm (last entry 4.15 pm)

Weekends and Bank Holidays
11am – 5pm (last entry 4.15 pm)

Admission charges

Adults – £6.50
Students (with student card) and pupils over 16 in full time education (with ID) – £3.50
Concessions – £5.50
Children – £3
Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) – £15.50
Groups (minimum of 10) – £5.50 per person.
Registered disabled visitors – £3.00


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Award winning introductory film, partial wheelchair access, virtual tour.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

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Amazing Astronomy and Light Fantastic (KS2)

This workshop will explore the heavenly bodies and day and night. The children will investigate the colours of light and shadows using light boxes and prisms. They will make a star map of a constellation. (One class; 2 hours)

How to obtain

£3 per child, teachers free. The workshop may be booked on 01225 446865, or learning@herschelbpt.fsnet.co.uk

Amazing Astronomy! (KS2)

A workshop for schools providing an introduction to astronomy and identification of various heavenly bodies. Topics can include light, shadows and optical illusions with the use of prisms; planet and atmosphere work; star maps; or night and day. Topics can be adapted to suit needs of pupils. Group size: one class, duration 2 hours; level can be adapted.

How to obtain

To book this workshop please contact Nicola Presley, Learning and Audience Development Officer on 01225 446865 or e-mail learning@herschelbpt.fsnet.co.uk
Workshop costs £3 per head, teachers free.

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
19 New King Street






01225 446865

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