the Birthplace of american astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Late Night at The Observatory



Welcome to the


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






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

Take a Look







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

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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