See through the oldest public telescope in the country.
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.
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 August 9 from 1-4pm
Our final Sun-event of the summer. Come visit and we'll bring the ice cream.
Saturday August 29, 7-10pm
There are few places in the Tri-state as picturesque for a picnic as the Cincinnati Observatory.
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!
Join, donate, and volunteer to make the "Birthplace of American Astronomy" a vibrant center for education and wonder
See "What's Up" at the Observatory. Each season has a new planet, star cluster, or nebula to explore
Plan a field trip, schedule an outreach visit to your classroom, or gather the scouts for an evening at the Observatory