The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision Scott Kelly International Observe the Moon Night Meet a Meteorite



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




A Year in Space


October 25 from 7-9pm
At Walnut Hills High School

Astronaut Scott Kelly joins Dean Regas for a live chat about living in space and returning to Earth.

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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 





Meet a Meteorite


November 11, from 7-10pm

See and touch actual rocks from outer space at this gathering a meteorites from around the world

Meet a Meteorite

Mission & Vision
Scott Kelly
International Observe the Moon Night
Meet a Meteorite

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