The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision Facts From Space Meet a Meteorite Late Night, Date Night



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. 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




Facts From Space!


The new book by Dean Regas is out!  Facts From Space will take your imagination on a tour around the solar system, the galaxy and beyond.

Know the Facts 






Saturday November 5, from 7-10pm

See, touch, and buy real rocks from outer space including samples from asteroids, the Moon, and Mars

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The hottest ticket to the Observatory is back. Come to the most romantic place in Cincinnati - after hours. Stay Up Late




Mission & Vision
Facts From Space
Meet a Meteorite
Late Night, Date 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