The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision Late Night THOR'S DAY THURSDAYS First Light Night

 

 

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. 


Watch our New Video

 

 

 

LATE NIGHT

 

Saturday March 25, 10:30-Midnight

Explore the Observatory after hours

Stay Up Late  

 

 

 

 

THOR'S DAY THURSDAYS

 

Thor's favorite planet, Jupiter, is coming back and we're celebrating on his day of the week.

Come to Thor's Day

 

 

 

FIRST LIGHT NIGHT

 

Friday April 14 from 8-10pm

Sharing views through the same telescope for 172 years. 

Celebrate with Us

Mission & Vision
Late Night
THOR'S DAY THURSDAYS
First Light Night

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