The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision Late Night, Date Night Facts From Space! Intro to Astronomy



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. 

Watch our New Video






February 4 and 25, 10:30pm-Midnight

The hottest ticket to the most romantic spot in town is back!  Turn the lights down low, the stars are out.

Stay Late  







Get your copy of the new book by astronomer Dean Regas.  800+ facts about outer space that is a fun read for all ages.

Just the Facts






These monthly classes are great for beginners wanting to learn more about the night sky

Learn More Astronomy

Mission & Vision
Late Night, Date Night
Facts From Space!
Intro to Astronomy

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