Herschel Museum of Astronomy
Please note that due to COVID-19, the Herschel Museum is closed until 1st May 2020.
19 New King Street is a delightful and unique example of a fully-restored modest Georgian townhouse. Now a museum, it was home to the astronomer and musician William Herschel and his sister Caroline, and is dedicated to their achievements in music and astronomy.
Particularly evocative features include Herschel’s workshop, his music room and a charming eighteenth-century formal garden, where, with a telescope of his own construction, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781.
In the Star Vault, a film narrated by the late Sir Patrick Moore takes you on a voyage of discovery through the universe, and brings the history of the house to life.
The modern Caroline Lucretia Gallery houses a programme of temporary exhibitions, and the museum hosts a programme of events including stargazing activities, lectures and music recitals.