The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision Celestial Sips Classes Late Night Date Night



Welcome to the


We are a fully functioning 19th century observatory used daily by the public and amateur astronomers, civic organizations, teachers and students, scouts and history buffs. Open Monday through Friday 12-4 for you to explore, offer astronomy programs and stargazing Thursday & Friday evenings, and dozens of special events throughout the year.



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. 

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June 16 from 8-11pm

Try a variety of wines under the stars at the Observatory.

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May 26,from 9-11pm

See the largest planet in the solar system while its "close"

Jupiter is Super






Late Night Date Night 


May 5, from 10:30pm-Midnight

The hottest ticket to the Observatory is back!  Make your reservation today for a romantic night under the stars.

Stay Up Late

Mission & Vision
Celestial Sips
Late Night Date Night

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