The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision Sun-day Sunday Sundae Starlit Picnic ScopeOut Science & Education Fair

 

 

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.  

Learn more about our mission and watch our New Video

 

 

 

Sunday Sun-day Sundae

 

Sunday August 9 from 1-4pm

Our final Sun-event of the summer. Come visit and we'll bring the ice cream.

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Starlit Picnic

 

Saturday August 29, 7-10pm

There are few places in the Tri-state as picturesque for a picnic as the Cincinnati Observatory.

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ScopeOut Astronomy Fair

 Saturday September 12 from Noon-10pm
Our all day (and all night) celebration of Astronomy, Science, History and Education.

This year we celebrate 25 years of the Hubble Space telescope and more!

Take a Look

 

Mission & Vision
Sun-day Sunday Sundae
Starlit Picnic
ScopeOut Science & Education Fair

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