The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

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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. 

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Space Camp


We're looking for students grades 2-8 who want to become astronomers for a week this summer.

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The mysterious Red Planet is coming back into the evening skies this summer, and we're throwing a party on June 11.

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice with this unique wine (and bourbon) tasting event at the Observatory

June 25 from 8-10:30pm

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Mission & Vision
Summer Camps
Shoot the Messenger

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