The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision Transit Shoot the Messenger Late Night, Date 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

 

 

 

THE TRANSIT IS COMING!

 

The planet Mercury will cross in front of the Sun on May 9th. 

Here's how you can Get Ready

 

 

 

 

 

SHOOT THE MESSENGER

 

Prepare your gear, take a picture, send it to us. Your guide to capturing the Transit of Mercury

Monday May 9 from 7:12am-2:42pm

On to Mercury!

 

 

 

 

LATE NIGHT DATE NIGHT

 

The hottest ticket at the Observatory - spend a romantic night under the stars (and Mars!)

Make a Date

Mission & Vision
Transit
Shoot the Messenger
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