The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision Supermoon 2017 Meet a Meteorite Deaf 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. 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






Saturday December 2, 5-8pm 

Bundle up and enjoy a beautiful moon-rise at the Observatory and see the largest full Moon of the year

Howl at the Moon 





Looking Up 


A new podcast with Dean Regas and Anna Hehman takes you to the stars

In the latest episode they talk about space travel and interview astronaut Scott Kelly


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December 10 from 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for our holiday open house and cruise around our historic neighborhood

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Mission & Vision
Supermoon 2017
Meet a Meteorite
Deaf 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