The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

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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, 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. 


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THINK BIG - VIEW BIGGER

 

March 3, 8pm

The largest telescope at the Observatory will be running on this special night

Supersize It  

 

 

 

 

LATE NIGHT, DATE NIGHT

 

The hottest ticket to the Observatory is back. Experience the romance of the stars.

Stay Up Late

 

 

 

INTRO TO ASTRONOMY

 

March 15, 22, and 29

This three-night course is perfect for beginners wanting to find their way around the sky.

Learn More Astronomy

Mission & Vision
Think Big - View Bigger
LATE NIGHT DATE NIGHT
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