See through the oldest public telescope in the country.
We are a fully functioning 19th century observatory used daily by the public and amateur astronomers, civic organizations, teachers and students, and history buffs.
Step back in time and space. Explore the beautiful buildings and see through the large, historic telescopes which saw first light in 1845 and 1904.
The(Slightly) Largest, Closest Full Moon of the Year
Bring a blanket, lawn chair, and picnic and watch a moonrise on our beautiful lawn
Saturday August 9
Two of Cincinnati's fabled seven hills are named because of us. The science of meteorology started here. And our main building, built in 1873, was designed by Cincinnati's premier architect.
Learn about our history and architecture during Sunday History Tours on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 1-4pm. Next program is July 27.
Experience the romance of the viewing the sky after hours.
Saturday August 16
Join, donate, and volunteer to make the "Birthplace of American Astronomy" a vibrant center for education and wonder
See "What's Up" at the Observatory. Each season has a new planet, star cluster, or nebula to explore
Plan a field trip, schedule an outreach visit to your classroom, or gather the scouts for an evening at the Observatory