the Birthplace of american astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Late Night at The Observatory

 

 

Welcome to the
Cincinnati
Observatory

 

We are a fully functioning 19th century observatory used daily by the public and amateur astronomers, civic organizations, teachers and students, and history buffs.

 

 

A National Historic Landmark

 

When you explore the beautiful buildings and see through the large, historic telescopes, you'll step back in time and space.  

Learn more about our mission and watch our New Video

 

 

 

SATURN SEASON IS COMING

 

Saturnday is May 30 - your first chance to see the ringed planet through our historic telescopes

Take a Look

 

 

 

 

LATE NIGHT DATE NIGHT

 

Saturday June 6, 10:30pm-midnight

May 23rd already sold out, but you can still sign up for the hottest, most romantic night under the Cincinnati stars.

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Celestial Sips
Wine Tasting Event

 

Saturday June 20 from 8-10:30pm 

Celebrate the first day of summer with your friends at the Observatory

RSVP Online

 

 

Late Night at The Observatory

Join Us

Join, donate, and volunteer to make the "Birthplace of American Astronomy" a vibrant center for education and wonder

Public Events

See "What's Up" at the Observatory.  Each season has a new planet, star cluster, or nebula to explore

School Programs

Plan a field trip, schedule an outreach visit to your classroom, or gather the scouts for an evening at the Observatory