The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision Jules Verne Nights Saturn Supermoon Eclipse



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. We offer public astronomy programs and stargazing every Thursday & Friday evening 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.  

Learn more about our mission and watch our New Video




Jules Verne Nights


From the Earth to the Moon turns 150 this year and so we're talking sci-fi, dressing up, and showcasing the romantic side of the Moon 

Shoot for the Moon





Topics in Astronomy


Monthly classes for beginners

Astronomer Dean Regas will talk about Saturn, Pluto, and getting the most out of your binoculars

Check it out




Meet a Meteorite


See, touch, and buy rocks from outer space at our annual gathering of meteorites from around the world... and beyond!

Read More 


Mission & Vision
Jules Verne Nights
Supermoon Eclipse

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