The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision Late Night Date Night Classes 100 Things



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. Open Monday through Friday 12-4 for you to explore, offer astronomy programs and stargazing Thursday & Friday evenings, 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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Late Night Date Night


February 3 and 17

The Cincinnati Observatory may be the most romantic place in town, and you can share the universe with your sweetheart on these special nights.


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Perfect for beginners, we have several classes for you to learn more astronomy in the New Year

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100 Things to See in the Night Sky 


The new book by astronomer            Dean Regas is now available

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100 Things

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