The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

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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. 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. 


Watch our New Video

 

 

 

Late Night, Date Night

 

Saturday, October 7, 10:30-Midnight

The hottest ticket to the Observatory is back!

Stay Up Late

 

 

 

Topics in Astronomy

 

October, November & December Classes.

These fun and laid-back classes for beginners focus on a variety of topics and will surely keep you looking up!  

Pick a Topic (or all three)

 

 

 

International Observe the Moon Night

 

Saturday October 28, 7-9pm 

Join Moon-gazers from around the world to see the lunar surface through a telescope

Howl at the Moon 

 

Mission & Vision
Astronomy From the South Pole
Topics in Astronomy
International Observe the Moon 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